Date of Award
Master of Science
Jack F. Chessa
Presented is an ab-initio Molecular Dynamics (MD) study, employing the Density Functional Theory (DFT), of the lattice parameter, thermal expansion coefficients and elastic constants of ZrB2, TiB2 and HfB2 as a function of temperature. The MD trajectories provide the equilibrium lattice parameters at finite temperatures, and the gradient of the energy from these equilibrium solutions is then used to calculate the components of the stiffness tensor. The results for ZrB2 are shown to agree well with reported experimental results for the lattice parameters and elastic constants as a function of temperature.
Received from ProQuest
Gonzales, Manny, "An Ab-Initio Study of the Elastic Properties of Important Group IV Diborides at High Temperatures" (2010). Open Access Theses & Dissertations. 2686.