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Atomistic Study of the Role of Defects on alpha -> epsilon Phase Transformations in Iron under Hydrostatic Compression

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Luu, Hoang-Thien [1] ; Veiga, Roberto G. A. [2] ; Gunkelmann, Nina [1]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Tech Univ Clausthal, Inst Appl Mech, Arnold Sommerfeld Str, D-38678 Clausthal Zellerfeld - Germany
[2] Fed Univ ABC, Ctr Engn Modeling & Appl Social Sci, BR-09210580 Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: METALS; v. 9, n. 10 OCT 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

It has long been known that iron undergoes a phase transformation from body-centered cubic/alpha structure to the metastable hexagonal close-packed/epsilon phase under high pressure. However, the interplay of line and planar defects in the parent material with the transformation process is still not fully understood. We investigated the role of twins, dislocations, and Cottrell atmospheres in changing the crystalline iron structure during this phase transformation by using Monte Carlo methods and classical molecular dynamics simulations. Our results confirm that embryos of epsilon-Fe nucleate at twins under hydrostatic compression. The nucleation of the hcp phase is observed for single crystals containing an edge dislocation. We observe that the buckling of the dislocation can help to nucleate the dense phase. The crystal orientations between the initial structure alpha-Fe and epsilon-Fe in these simulations are [110](bcc) parallel to [0001](hcp). The presence of Cottrell atmospheres surrounding an edge dislocation in bcc iron retards the development of the hcp phase. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/23172-5 - Development of empirical potentials for computer simulations of materials
Grantee:Roberto Gomes de Aguiar Veiga
Support type: Regular Research Grants