Molecular dynamics simulations of a 10keV cascade in β-NiAl

Huilong Zhu, R. S. Averback, M. Nastasi

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Molecular dynamics computer simulations were employed to investigate defect production, atomic mixing and chemical disordering in β-NiA1 owing to 10keV cascades. The embedded atom potentials of Voter and Chen (1989) were employed. Point defect energies and threshold displacement energies were also obtained. The defect production efficiency for the 10 keV cascade was 0.27, which is somewhat larger than that found in simulations of metals with a F.C.C. structure. No interstitial clustering and very little vacancy clustering were observed. The threshold displacement energy is lowest for Ni atoms recoiling along ⟨100⟩, 34 eV, followed by the ⟨110⟩ ≊54eV, and ⟨111⟩, ≊130eV. The ⟨111⟩ crowd-ion is the stable interstitial defect. The mixing parameter was small, 6.8 Å5/eV. Efficient chemical disordering was nevertheless observed near the centre of the cascade; there the short range order parameter was reduced to 0.24. Statistical methods were developed to follow the atomic structure during the evolution of the cascade and to describe the chemical disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)735-758
Number of pages24
JournalPhilosophical Magazine A: Physics of Condensed Matter, Structure, Defects and Mechanical Properties
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Metals and Alloys

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