First-principles density functional calculations for Mg alloys: A tool to aid in alloy development

Dongwon Shin, Christopher Wolverton*

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In studying the thermodynamics and phase stability of Mg alloys, one is often confronted with the lack of accurate, quantitative experimental data. This deficiency can be partially rectified via first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. In this paper, we will illustrate the utility of first-principles energetics for Mg alloys using three case studies (i) formation energies of ordered/disordered solid phases; (ii) solute-vacancy binding energies in Mg; (iii) point defect formation energies of β-Mg 17Al12. These first-principles calculations can provide highly accurate thermodynamic and kinetic information for Mg alloys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-685
Number of pages6
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Density functional theory
  • First-principles calculations
  • Magnesium alloys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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