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A simple model for calculating the compressibility of the transition-metal carbides and nitrides alloys ZrxNb1−xC and ZrxNb1−xN

  • Vassiliki Katsika-Tsigourakou
Research Article

Abstract

The 4d-transition-metals carbides (ZrC, NbC) and nitrides (ZrN, NbN) in the rocksalt structure, as well as their ternary alloys, have been recently studied by means of a first-principles full potential linearized augmented plane waves method within the local density approximation. These materials are important because of their interesting mechanical and physical properties, which make them suitable for many technological applications. Here, by using a simple theoretical model, we estimate the bulk moduli of their ternary alloys ZrxNb1−xC and ZrxNb1−xN in terms of the bulk moduli of the end members alone. The results are comparable to those deduced from the first-principles calculations.

Keywords

bulk modulus defects mixed crystals 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Solid State Physics, Faculty of PhysicsUniversity of AthensZografosGreece

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