A proof of concept: Thermodynamics of aluminum - transition metal highly concentrated alloys Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 Elsevier B.V. In a previous work by the present authors (Acta Mater. 148, 2018, 263279), the thermodynamics of VNbTaMoW highly concentrated alloy at equiatomic concentration was investigated using the cluster variation method in the irregular tetrahedron approximation. It was shown that the disordered solid solution is stabilized in this highly concentrated area of the system as prescribed by the high entropy alloy (HEA) paradigm. The configurational entropy, however, has only a minor (and sometimes contrary) influence in this stabilization. It was then postulated that configurational frustration, i.e. the competition between conflicting interactions, is the more relevant factor in the stabilization of the highly-concentrated alloys. The present work elaborates this idea by further considering the cases of VNbMoAl and VNbWAl quaternary systemas and the corresponding quinary systems with Ta addition. The quaternary system are characterized by strong Al M pair interactions that could enhance configurational frustration. The introduction of Ta, with weaker Ta Al and practically non-existing Ta Nb interactions, is meant to disrupt the frustration, hence leading to a decrease of the stability of the disordered alloys. It was shown that VNbMoAl and its quinary do not exhibit configurational frustration as expected, since a stable compound with stoichiometry VMoNbAl is formed, and the stability of their disordered alloys (A2) is low. On the contrary, VNbWAl and its quinary demonstrated strong configurational frustration and correspondingly a stronger A2 stabilization. Deviations from equiatomic composition were also investigated and even stronger A2 stabilization was observed in this case. These results show that the stabilization of the disordered phase can only be attributed to configurational frustration, corroborating the previous work's conclusion that the effect of configurational entropy is only marginal in this stabilization.

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altmetric score

  • 2.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Schon, C. G., Duong, T., Wang, Y., & Arroyave, R.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Schon, Claudio Geraldo||Duong, Thien||Wang, Yuhao||Arroyave, Raymundo

publication date

  • January 2019