A molecular dynamics study on the chemical reaction of Ni/Al reactive intermetallics

JR Feng and R Liu and FY Gao and Q Zhou and RJ Yang and HF Wang and PW Chen, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 128, 185901 (2020).

DOI: 10.1063/5.0023588

The chemical reaction mechanism of Ni/Al composites, referring to the exothermic mechanism and intermetallic-forming mechanism, is investigated by using molecular dynamics simulation. During the exothermic process, the influences of Ni/Al atomic ratios and crystallographic orientations on the exothermic reaction are systematically investigated. The exothermic mechanism can be explained by the atomic diffusion that increases the quantity of Ni-Al chemical bonds. There are two pathways to form the intermetallic phase during the chemical reaction. One is the atomic diffusion that forms the B2 NiAl phase at the interface. The other way is quenching the sample to the room temperature, but the type of intermetallic phases depends on the Ni/Al atomic ratio and ignition temperature.

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