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Interstitials in FeCr alloys studied by density functional theory
EDF R&D, Dept Mat & Mech Components, F-77250 Les Renardieres, Moret Sur Loing, France .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2381-3309
2007 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 76, no 21, 214110- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Density functional theory calculations have been used to study relaxed interstitial configurations in FeCr alloys. The ionic and electronic ground states of 69 interstitial structures have been determined. Interstitials were placed in alloys with up to 14 at. % Cr. Cr atoms were either monatomically dispersed or clustered together within a periodically repeated supercell consisting of 4x4x4 cubes of bcc unit cells. The distance between the interstitials and Cr atoms was varied within the supercells. It is shown that Cr atoms beyond third-nearest-neighbor distance from the interstitial can still have an interaction with it of up to 0.9 eV. The multibody nature of the Cr-Cr interactions causes the Cr-interstitial interaction to be strongly concentration dependent. The Cr-Cr interaction in defect-free alloys is also dependent on the overall Cr concentration. The effective Cr-Cr repulsion is weaker in alloys than in an environment of pure Fe. Apart from the Cr concentration, the Cr-interstitial interaction also depends on the dispersion level of Cr atoms beyond third-nearest-neighbor distance from the interstitial. The formation energy differences between dumbbell interstitials with different orientations are independent of the Cr concentration. We show that the long-range influence of Cr atoms on the interstitial is not due to the interstitial strain field protruding into Cr-rich parts of the supercells. The Fermi-level and band energies were found not to be the sole governing parameter in determining the formation energies. Implications for the construction of empirical potentials are discussed.

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2007. Vol. 76, no 21, 214110- p.
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Augmented-Wave Method, Ab-Initio, Point-Defect, Cr
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Condensed Matter Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-62848DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.76.214110ISI: 000251986100031OAI: diva2:481218
QC 20120123Available from: 2012-01-20 Created: 2012-01-20 Last updated: 2012-01-23Bibliographically approved

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