Mechanisms of Cr segregation to C11b/C40 lamellar interface in (Mo,Nb)Si2 duplex silicide: A phase-field study to bridge experimental and first-principles investigations

Toshihiro Yamazaki, Yuichiro Koizumi, Koretaka Yuge, Akihiko Chiba, Koji Hagihara, Takayoshi Nakano, Kyosuke Kishida, Haruyuki Inui

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Abstract

Cr segregation at lamellar interfaces in the MoSi2/NbSi 2 duplex silicide was examined using a newly developed phase-field model to elucidate the mechanism of interfacial segregation, which is believed to improve the thermal stability of lamellar structures as well as creep resistance. This is because lamellar structures can improve the high-temperature strength, and the stabilization of the lamellar structures improves creep resistance. The model takes into account the segregation energy determined using first-principles calculations to reflect the chemical interaction between the solute atoms and the interface, in addition to the elastic interaction. Cr segregation occurs at the interface when the segregation energy is considered, whereas no segregation occurs in the case where only the elastic interaction is considered. However, the extent of segregation was much smaller than that observed experimentally when the segregation energy was evaluated using first-principles calculations without considering lattice vibrations (i.e., the calculations were performed for 0 K). A simulation that took into consideration the segregation energy with the lattice vibrations at 1673 K resulted in segregation similar to that observed experimentally, where the Cr-added MoSi2/NbSi2 duplex silicide was equilibrated at 1673 K, namely, the temperature at which the segregation energy was calculated. Thus, it was revealed that the solute-interface chemical interaction and its temperature dependence are responsible for the interfacial segregation of Cr. These results suggest that the segregation energy needs to be taken into account in the search for more effective additive elements for improving the thermal stability of lamellar structures as well as the creep resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-241
Number of pages10
JournalIntermetallics
Volume54
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov

Keywords

  • A. Intermetallics
  • B. Alloy design
  • D. Interfaces
  • E. Phase field modeling
  • G. Energy systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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