A survey of ab-initio calculations shows that segregation-induced grain boundary embrittlement is predicted by bond-breaking arguments

TitleA survey of ab-initio calculations shows that segregation-induced grain boundary embrittlement is predicted by bond-breaking arguments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsGibson, MA, Schuh, CA
JournalScripta Materialia
Volume113
Pagination55 - 58
Date Published2016/03/01/
Abstract

The segregation of solute atoms to grain boundaries can have a large influence on the mechanical behavior of polyaystals, particularly in metallic alloys. An overview of 400 calculations of solute-induced changes in grain boundary cohesion from 81 separate studies quantitatively demonstrates that the majority of the variation in solute-induced changes in boundary cohesion is explained by simple bond-breaking arguments. This trend is robust to changes in crystal structure and computational methods. The secondary contributions to embrittlement from other mechanisms, such as atomic size effects and charge transfer, are quantified and discussed as well. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.