Minimal effect of stacking number on intrinsic cleavage and shear behavior of Ti n +1 AlC n and Ta n +1 AlC n MAX phases Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 Author(s). MAX phases are layered carbides or nitrides with the general formula Mn+1AXn, which exhibit a unique combination of ceramic- and metal-like properties. The effect of stacking a number (determined by n) remains to be elucidated and a priori is not clear whether, for a given chemistry, n significantly changes the intrinsic deformation behavior of these systems. In this work, we have studied the intrinsic deformation behavior of Tin+1AlCn and Tan+1AlCn (n = 1 ... 5) using DFT-based calculations. Surprisingly, the results suggest that the stacking number tends to have a minimal effect on the intrinsic mechanical behavior of the systems studied.

author list (cited authors)

  • Son, W., Duong, T., Talapatra, A., Prehn, E., Tan, Z., Radovic, M., & Arróyave, R.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • June 2018