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Citation: D.E. Smirnova, and S.V. Starikov (2017), "An interatomic potential for simulation of Zr-Nb system", Computational Materials Science, 129, 259-272. DOI: 10.1016/j.commatsci.2016.12.016.
Abstract: We report a new attempt to study properties of Zr-Nb structural alloys. For this purpose we constructed an angular-dependent many-body interatomic potential. The potential functions were fitted towards the ab initio data computed for a large set of reference structures. The fitting procedure is described, and its accuracy is discussed. We show that the structure and properties of all Nb and Zr phases existing in the Zr-Nb binary system are reproduced with good accuracy. The interatomic potential is appropriate for study of the high-pressure hexagonal ω-phase of Zr. We also estimated characteristics of the point defects in α-Zr, β-Zr and Nb; results are proven to correlate with the existing experimental and theoretical data. In case of α-Zr the model reveals anisotropy of the vacancy diffusion, in agreement with previous calculations and experiments. The potential provides an opportunity for simulation of Zr-Nb alloys based on α-Zr and β-Zr. This conclusion is illustrated by the results obtained for the alloys with different niobium concentrations: up to 7% in case of hcp alloys and up to 50% for bcc alloys.

Notes: The reference was updated on 17 January 2017. Update: This potential is known to have issues with pure zirconium phases. See 2021--Starikov-S-Smirnova-D--Zr-Nb for an updated parameterization.

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Notes: These files were sent by D. Smirnova (Joint Institute for High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Sciences) on 15 December 2016 and posted with her permission.
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