Development of new interatomic potentials appropriate for crystalline and liquid iron

M I Mendelev, S Han, D J Srolovitz, Graeme Ackland, D Y Sun, M Asta

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Abstract

Two procedures were developed to fit interatomic potentials of the embedded-atom method (EAM) form and applied to determine a potential which describes crystalline and liquid iron. While both procedures use perfect crystal and crystal defect data, the first procedure also employs the first-principles forces in a model liquid and the second procedure uses experimental liquid structure factor data. These additional types of information were incorporated to ensure more reasonable descriptions of atomic interactions at small separations than is provided using standard approaches, such as fitting to the universal binding energy relation. The new potentials (provided herein) are, on average, in better agreement with the experimental or first-principles lattice parameter, elastic constants, point-defect energies, bcc-fcc transformation energy, liquid density, liquid structure factor, melting temperature and other properties than other existing EAM iron potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3977-3994
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophical magazine
Volume83
Issue number35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2003

Keywords

  • EMBEDDED-ATOM-METHOD
  • COMPUTER-SIMULATION
  • ALPHA-IRON
  • METALS
  • FE
  • IMPURITIES
  • TRANSITION
  • VACANCIES
  • SURFACES
  • ALUMINUM

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