The physical origins of the mechanical properties of Fe-rich Si alloys are investigated by combining electronic structure calculations with statistical mechanics means such as the cluster variation method, molecular dynamics simulation, etc, applied to homogeneous and heterogeneous systems. Firstly, we examined the elastic properties based on electronic structure calculations in a homogeneous system and attributed the physical origin of the loss of ductility with increasing Si content to the combined effects of magneto-volume and D03 ordering. As a typical example of a heterogeneity forming a microstructure, we focus on grain boundaries, and segregation behavior of Si atoms is studied through high-precision electronic structure calculations. Two kinds of segregation sites are identified: looser and tighter sites. Depending on the site, different segregation mechanisms are revealed. Finally, the dislocation behavior in the Fe-Si alloy is investigated mainly by molecular dynamics simulations combined with electronic structure calculations. The solid-solution hardening and softening are interpreted in terms of two kinds of energy barriers for kink nucleation and migration on a screw dislocation line. Furthermore, the clue to the peculiar work hardening behavior is discussed based on kinetic Monte Carlo simulations by focusing on the preferential selection of slip planes triggered by kink nucleation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Modelling and Simulation
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Computer Science Applications