Applied Physics A

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Mechanical properties of CoSn2 and α-CoSn3 intermetallic compounds: first-principles calculations and nano-indentation measurements

  • Xiaoyang Bi
  • Xiaowu HuEmail author
  • Xiongxin Jiang
  • Yulong Li


Structural stability and mechanical properties of CoSn2 and α-CoSn3 intermetallic compounds (IMCs) were investigated by first-principles calculations and nano-indentation measurements. The systematical works of the phase stability, elastic constants, and electronic structures were carried out to understand the mechanical properties of CoSn2 and α-CoSn3 IMCs. The results showed that the calculated Young’s modulus of CoSn2 and α-CoSn3 was 149.36 and 138.51 GPa, respectively. In both cases, the major contribution to total density of states (DOS) was Co-d, Sn-s, and Sn-p states and ionic bonds formed between nearest-neighbor Co and Sn atoms. The analyses about electronic structures indicated that the bonding strength of Co–Sn in α-CoSn3 was stronger than that in CoSn2, which made it easy to understand the differences of phase stability and mechanical properties between CoSn2 and α-CoSn3 IMCs. By means of nano-indentation, the Young’s modulus and hardness were measured to be 151.90 ± 7.21 GPa and 6.43 ± 0.46 GPa for CoSn2 IMC, while 144.3 ± 8.36 GPa and 6.28 ± 0.63 GPa for α-CoSn3, respectively. By combining experimental methods and first-principles, it was clearly illustrated that the mechanical properties of CoSn2 were better than that of α-CoSn3.



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51465039 and 51765040), Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province (20161BAB206122).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoyang Bi
    • 1
  • Xiaowu Hu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xiongxin Jiang
    • 1
  • Yulong Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Lab for Robot and Welding Automation of Jiangxi Province, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering SchoolNanchang UniversityNanchangChina

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