Partitioning of solutes in multiphase Ti-Al alloys

R. Benedek*, A. Van De Walle, S. S.A. Gerstl, M. Asta, D. N. Seidman, C. Woodward

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First-principles calculations based on a plane-wave pseudopotential method, as implemented in the VASP code, are presented for the formation energies of several transition-metal and non-transition-metal dopants in Ti-Al alloys. Substitution for either Ti or Al in γ-TiAl, α 2-Ti 3Al, Ti 2AlC, and Ti 3AlC are considered. Calculated (zero-temperature) defect formation energies exhibit clear trends as a function of the periodic-table column of transition metal solutes. Early transition metals in TiAl prefer the Ti sublattice, but this preference gradually shifts to the Al sublattice for late transition metals; the Ti sublattice is preferred by all transition metal solutes in Ti 3Al. Partitioning of solutes to Ti 3Al is predicted for mid-period transition elements, and to TiAl for early and late transition elements. A simple Ising model treatment demonstrates the plausibility of these trends, which are in excellent overall agreement with experiment. The influence of temperature on formation energies is examined with a cluster expansion for the binary TiAl alloys and a low temperature expansion for dilute ternary alloys. Results for Nb-doped alloys provide insight into the relative sensitivity of solute partitioning to individual contributions to the free energy. Whereas the calculated formation energy of Nb (substitution) at zero temperature favors partitioning to α 2-Ti 3Al, temperature-dependent contributions to the formation free energy, evaluated at 1075 K, favor partitioning to γ-TiAl, in agreement with experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number094201
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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