Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 50, Issue 9, pp 3361–3370 | Cite as

First-principles-based kinetic Monte Carlo studies of diffusion of hydrogen in Ni–Al and Ni–Fe binary alloys

Original Paper


The diffusion of dilute hydrogen in fcc Ni–Al and Ni–Fe binary alloys was examined using kinetic Monte Carlo method with input kinetic parameters obtained from first-principles density functional theory. The simulation involves the implementation of computationally efficient energy barrier model that describes the configuration dependence of the hydrogen hopping. The predicted hydrogen diffusion coefficients in Ni and Ni89.4Fe10.6 are compared well with the available experimental data. In Ni–Al, the model predicts lower hydrogen diffusivity compared to that in Ni. Overall, diffusion prefactors and the effective activation energies of H in Ni–Fe and Ni–Al are concentration dependent of the alloying element. The changes in their values are the results of the short-range order (nearest-neighbor) effect on the interstitial diffusion of hydrogen in fcc Ni-based alloys.


Density Functional Theory Generalize Gradient Approximation Transition State Theory Effective Activation Energy Transition State Energy 
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This work was funded by the Cross-Cutting Technologies Program at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, managed by Susan Maley (Technology Manager) and Charles Miller (Technology Monitor). The research was executed through NETL’s Office of Research and Development’s Innovative Process Technologies Field Work Proposal. The technical effort was performed in support of the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s ongoing research under the RES Contract DE-FE0004000. The author would like to thank D. Alfonso for the fruitful discussions. This project was funded by the Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, an agency of the United States Government, through a support contract with URS Energy &Construction, Inc. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, nor URS Energy & Construction, Inc., nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of EnergyAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.URS CorporationAlbanyUSA

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