Comparing the accuracy of melting temperature prediction methods for high entropy alloys

S Mishra and KG Vishnu and A Strachan, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 132, 205901 (2022).

DOI: 10.1063/5.0101548

Refractory complex concentrated alloys (RCCAs) are a relatively new class of materials that can exhibit excellent mechanical properties at high temperatures, and determining their melting temperature (T-m) is critical to assess their range of operation. Unfortunately, the experimental determination of this property is challenging and computational tools to predict the T-m of RCCAs from first-principles calculations are highly desirable. We quantify the uncertainties associated with such predictions for two methods that can be used with density functional theory-based molecular dynamics and apply them to predict the melting temperature of equiatomic NbMoTaW. We find that a combination of free energy calculations of individual phases with a dynamical coexistence method can provide accurate results with the minimum possible computational cost. We predict the melting temperature for the RCCA NbMoTaW to be between 3000 and 3100 K. Published under an exclusive license by AIP Publishing.

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