The atomistic simulation of pressure-induced phase transition in uranium mononitride

VI Tseplyaev and SV Starikov, JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 480, 7-14 (2016).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2016.07.048

In this work we studied the pressure-induced phase transition between different structures of uranium mononitride: cubic Fm ($) over bar 3m- structure and rhombohedral R ($) over bar 3m -structure. We used molecular dynamics together with a new interatomic potential developed for this purpose. We estimated phase diagram of uranium mononitrde in a wide range of temperature and pressure using thermodynamic and mechanical criteria of stability. From simulations we see that at zero temperature the phase transition Fm ($) over bar 3m-R ($) over bar 3m takes place at pressure about 35 GPa, which agrees well with the available experimental and theoretical data. Results of the calculations show that the lattice of rhombohedral phase becomes close to cubic structure with increase in temperature. (c) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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