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Title: High pressure elastic properties of minerals from ab initio simulations: The case of pyrope, grossular and andradite silicate garnets

A computational strategy is devised for the accurate ab initio simulation of elastic properties of crystalline materials under pressure. The proposed scheme, based on the evaluation of the analytical stress tensor and on the automated computation of pressure-dependent elastic stiffness constants, is implemented in the CRYSTAL solid state quantum-chemical program. Elastic constants and related properties (bulk, shear and Young moduli, directional seismic wave velocities, elastic anisotropy index, Poisson's ratio, etc.) can be computed for crystals of any space group of symmetry. We apply such a technique to the study of high-pressure elastic properties of three silicate garnet end-members (namely, pyrope, grossular, and andradite) which are of great geophysical interest, being among the most important rock-forming minerals. The reliability of this theoretical approach is proved by comparing with available experimental measurements. The description of high-pressure properties provided by several equations of state is also critically discussed.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Dipartimento di Chimica and Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces), Università di Torino, via Giuria 5, IT-10125 Torino (Italy)
  2. DISTAV, Università di Genova, Corso Europa 26, 16132 Genoa (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22253388
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; CALCULATION METHODS; CRYSTALS; ELASTICITY; EQUATIONS OF STATE; FLEXIBILITY; GARNETS; PRESSURE DEPENDENCE; SEISMIC WAVES; SILICATES; SIMULATION; SOLIDS; SPACE GROUPS; STRESSES