The role of vibrations in thermodynamic properties of Cu-Ni alloys

Onat B., Durukanoglu S.

EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL B, vol.87, no.11, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 87 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1140/epjb/e2014-50315-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


We report results of a systematic study for vibrational thermodynamic functions of Cu-Ni alloys, in the harmonic approximation, using interaction potentials based on the embedded atom method with improved optimization techniques. The vibrational density of states of the systems is calculated using real space Green's function method. From an investigation of local force fields we found that increasing Ni concentration in the alloy substantially stiffens the force experienced by Cu atoms compared to that of Ni atoms. Our calculations also reveal that vibrational entropy change between ordered and disordered crystals of Cu-Ni is negligible. However, the mixing entropy of the phonons and electronic states is found to be negative and favors un-mixing, and thus contributes to the miscibility gap.