Anisotropy of the solid-liquid interface properties of the Ni-Zr B33 phase from molecular dynamics simulation

SR Wilson and MI Mendelev, PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE, 95, 224-241 (2015).

DOI: 10.1080/14786435.2014.995742

Solid-liquid interface (SLI) properties of the Ni-Zr B33 phase were determined from molecular dynamics simulations. In order to perform these measurements, a new semi-empirical potential for Ni-Zr alloy was developed that well reproduces the material properties required to model SLIs in the Ni50.0Zr50.0 alloy. In particular, the developed potential is shown to provide that the solid phase emerging from the liquid Ni50.0Zr50.0 alloy is B33 (apart from a small fraction of point defects), in agreement with the experimental phase diagram. The SLI properties obtained using the developed potential exhibit an extraordinary degree of anisotropy. It is observed that anisotropies in both the interfacial free energy and mobility are an order of magnitude larger than those measured to date in any other metallic compound. Moreover, the 010 interface is shown to play a significant role in the observed anisotropy. Our data suggest that the 010 interface simultaneously corresponds to the lowest mobility, the lowest free energy and the highest stiffness of all inclinations in B33 Ni-Zr. This finding can be understood by taking into account a rather complicated crystal structure in this crystallographic direction.

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