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Title: Electronic structures, elastic properties, and minimum thermal conductivities of cermet M{sub 3}AlN

The electronic structures and elastic anisotropies of cubic Ti{sub 3}AlN, Zr{sub 3}AlN, and Hf{sub 3}AlN are investigated by pseudopotential plane-wave method based on density functional theory. At the Fermi level, the electronic structures of these compounds are successive with no energy gap between conduct and valence bands, and exhibit metallicity in ground states. In valence band of each partial density of states, the different orbital electrons indicate interaction of corresponding atoms. In addition, the anisotropy of Hf{sub 3}AlN is found to be significantly different from that of Ti{sub 3}AlN and Zr{sub 3}AlN, which involve the differences in the bonding strength. It is notable that Hf{sub 3}AlN is a desired thermal barrier material with the lowest thermal conductivity at high temperature among the three compounds. - Graphical abstract: 1.Young's moduli of anti-perovskite Ti{sub 3}AlN, Zr{sub 3}AlN, and Hf{sub 3}AlN in full space. 2.Electron density differences on crystal planes (1 0 0), (2 0 0), and (1 1 0) of anti-perovskite Zr{sub 3}AlN. - Highlights: • We calculated three anti-perovskite cermets with first-principles theory. • We illustrated 3D Young modulus and found the anomalous anisotropy. • We explained the anomaly and calculated the minimum thermal conductivities.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ; ; ;  [1]
  1. Faculty of Materials and Energy, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China)
  2. (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22443364
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 216; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ANISOTROPY; CERMETS; CRYSTALS; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; DENSITY OF STATES; ELASTICITY; ELECTRON DENSITY; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; ENERGY GAP; FERMI LEVEL; GROUND STATES; HYDROFLUORIC ACID; INTERACTIONS; PEROVSKITE; THERMAL BARRIERS; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; YOUNG MODULUS