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Title: First-principles calculation on β-SiC(111)/α-WC(0001) interface

The α-WC(0001) surface and β-SiC(111)/α-WC(0001) interface were studied by first-principles calculation based on density functional theory. It is demonstrated that the α-WC(0001) surface models with more than nine atom-layers exhibit bulk-like interior, wherein the surface relaxations localized within the top three layers are well converged. Twenty-four specific geometry models of SiC/WC interface structures with different terminations and stacking sites were chosen. The calculated work of adhesion and interface energy suggest that the most stable interface structure has the C-C bonding across the interface, yielding the largest work of adhesion and the lowest interface energy. Moreover, the top-site stacking sequence is preferable for the C/C-terminated interface. The effects of the interface on the electronic structures of the C/C-terminated interfaces are mainly localized within the first and second layers of the interface. Calculations of the work of adhesion and interface energy provide theoretical evidence that the mechanical failure may initiate at the interface or in SiC but not in WC.
Authors:
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  1. State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 710072 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22304122
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 22; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ADHESION; BONDING; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; INTERFACES; LAYERS; RELAXATION; SILICON CARBIDES; SURFACES; TUNGSTEN CARBIDES