Site Selection and Pseudo-Clustering Behaviors of Alloying Elements in Aluminum-Lean γ-TiAl Intermetallics
Site selection and pseudo-clustering behaviors of the various M alloying elements in Al-lean Ti50Al50–X M X (X = 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 at. pct) intermetallics have been investigated by means of the ordering energy-dependent and long-range-order forced fast Monte Carlo simulation method. The ordering energies have been calculated via pseudopotential approximation in the electronic theory of alloys up to the third coordination sphere (CS) taking the anisotropic nature of tetragonal L10-type structure of γ-TiAl into account. It was shown that the site occupation characteristics of the M alloying element atoms in γ-TiAl intermetallics are governed by the relative magnitude of partial ordering energies between Ti-M and Al-M atomic pairs. However, the sign of partial ordering energies of these atomic pairs at the first CS becomes important in determining the clustering behavior and controls the dissolution modes of alloying element atoms in the γ-TiAl matrix. The pseudo-clustering behavior of alloying elements reveals three dissolution modes, namely, random dissolution (mode I), planar clustering in two dimensions (mode II), and three-dimensional (3-D) clustering (mode III) of the M occupant atoms.
KeywordsMonte Carlo Monte Carlo Step Site Occupation Alloy Atom Sublattice Site
This work is supported through The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, TUBITAK, Project No. MAG-COST-535 (104M323), which the authors gratefully acknowledge.
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