Interfacial and strain energy analysis from ab initio based hierarchical multi-scale modelling: the Al–Mg–Si alloy β'' phase
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Original versionMaterials Science Forum. 2014, 794-796 640-645. 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.794-796.640
Precipitate-host lattice interface studies have not traditionally been viewed as requiring hybrid model schemes for accurate determination of the interfacial and strain energies. On the other hand, the interfaces of main hardening precipitates of age hardenable alloys are often characterized by both high levels of coherency and considerable subsystem misfits. Near the interface, linear elasticity theory evidently fails in such cases to fully correctly predict the subsystem strains. Further, density functional theory based studies on isolated supercells may prove inadequate in capturing strain influences on the chemical interactions underlying the interfacial energy. Recent work within the group has focussed on the implementation of a first principles based hierarchical multi-scale model scheme, capable of determining the interfacial and strain energies for the same model system. Choosing the fully coherent Al–Mg–Si alloy main hardening phase β'' as our test system and limiting our studies to 2D, we discuss the variation in these energies with changing precipitate cross-section morphology and size.