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Phase stability, elastic and electronic properties of Cu–Zr binary system intermetallic compounds: A first-principles study

Authors
Journal
Journal of Alloys and Compounds
0925-8388
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
588
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.11.018
Keywords
  • Cu–Zr Intermetallic Compounds
  • Phase Stability
  • Elastic Properties
  • Electronic Band Structure
  • First-Principles Study
Disciplines
  • Physics

Abstract

Abstract First-principle calculations have been performed to investigate the structural, mechanical, thermodynamic and electronic properties of eight binary Cu–Zr intermetallic compounds. The results indicated that with increasing Zr concentration, the mass density decreases monotonously. All Cu–Zr intermetallic compounds considered here are mechanically stable structures, and they are ductile materials. Among the eight binary Cu–Zr intermetallic compounds, CuZr is the most ductile phase. Furthermore, the heats of formation of the Cu–Zr intermetallic compounds are negative. Furthermore, CuZr2 is a semiconductor with indirect band gap of 0.227eV, while the other seven Cu–Zr intermetallic compounds considered here are conductors.

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