Nature of phosphorus embrittlement of the Fe3[11̄0](111) grain boundary

Ruqian Wu*, Arthur J Freeman, Gregory B Olson

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Thermodynamic, electronic, and magnetic properties of the P/Fe3[11̄0](111) grain boundary and the P/Fe(111) free surface are compared using the full potential linearized augmented plane-wave method. The calculated segregation-energy difference of 0.8 eV is consistent with the embrittling effect of P according to the Rice-Wang thermodynamic model. The clean Fe3[11̄0](111) boundary is found to undergo an ω phase transition which results in an antiferromagnetic coupling within the core of the grain boundary. Structural relaxations in the grain boundary alter the P segregation energy by ∼2.0 eV and are found to play an important role in defining the correct sign and value of the segregation energy difference controlling embrittlement. The P/Fe chemical interaction is found to be " embeddedlike" electrostatic rather than covalent in both environments. Long-range effects of P impurities are found for the Fe magnetization which reduce the embrittling potency of P.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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