Thermodynamic re-assessment of the Al-Co-W system
Kattner, Ursula R.
Campbell, Carelyn E.
Lass, Eric A.
Kontsevoi, Oleg Y.
Olson, Gregory B.
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The Al-Co-W system and its binary sub-systems Al-Co, Al-W and Co-W were critically reviewed. The thermodynamic description of the Al-Co-W system including all three binaries was developed considering thermodynamic and constitutional data of the systems. Results from density functional theory calculations were employed to improve reliability of the descriptions. The Gibbs energy for the thermal vacancy (GVa) in the BCC_A2 phase is discussed. The revised descriptions obtained for the Al-W and Co-W systems describe the thermodynamic and phase equilibrium data well and are free of undesired artefacts for temperatures below 6000 K. The ordered γ’ phase of the Al-Co-W system is described as a metastable phase in the entire temperature range. The calculated Gibbs energy of the γ’ is only slightly above that of the equilibrium state, which indicates that there is good possibility of stabilizing the γ’ phase with the addition of γ’-stabilizing elements, such as Ti, Ta, Hf, Nb and Ni.
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