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Study of the behavior of Fe3Al and its grain boundary [sigma]5 (310) [001] with Ti and Zr additions using ab initio methods by taking into account the effect of temperature

Abstract : Fe3Al-based intermetallic compounds are promising materials for structural applications at high temperature. Their advantageous properties originate from their low density and their high corrosion resistance in oxidizing and sulfidizing environments. However, because of their limited room temperature ductility and their low strength and creep resistance at higher temperatures (~ 550 °C), it is necessary to improve their properties to adapt them for structural applications. An interesting aspect of these alloys is their behaviour towards transition metal impurities. Some elements like Ti increase the stability of the D03 by increasing the D03/B2 transition towards higher temperature. The situation is less clear for Zr addition, indeed, despite the beneficial effect of small Zr addition on the grain boundary cohesion and ductility ; there is no experimental data available concerning its effects on the stability of the D03-Fe3Al compounds. In this thesis the effect of Ti and Zr transition metals on the D03-Fe3Al intermetallic compounds has been investigated by means of ab initio Pseudopotentials numerical simulations based on Density Functional Theory. Two main issues will be addressed : (i) the understanding of the rôle of these two transition metals in terms of stability of the bulk at the light of their site preference in the D03-Fe3Al structure ; (ii)the behaviour of Ti and Zr transition metals in the [sigma]5 (310) [001] grain boundary and their effect on the structural stability of this interface. An important issue when studying these aspects is to take into accounts the effect of temperature. This requires a molecular dynamics treatment of the atoms in the supercell. The technique known as ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) solves these problems by combining on the fly electronic structure calculations with finite temperature dynamics. Thus, our study was conducted both using the conventional static ab initio calculations (0K) as well as by taking into account the effect of temperature (ab initio molecular dynamics)
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Sara Chentouf. Study of the behavior of Fe3Al and its grain boundary [sigma]5 (310) [001] with Ti and Zr additions using ab initio methods by taking into account the effect of temperature. Other. Université de Lorraine, 2012. English. ⟨NNT : 2012LORR0173⟩. ⟨tel-01749243⟩

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