Calculation of Melting Temperature Using Nonequilibrium Thermodynamic Integration Methods

Cao Thang Nguyen, Duc Tam Ho, Viet Hung Ho, Sung Youb Kim*

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Melting temperature is a fundamental material property and is defined as the temperature at which the solid and liquid phases have the same free energy. However, there is no systematic study employing atomic simulations to calculate melting temperature using this definition. Here, molecular dynamics simulations and nonequilibrium thermodynamic integration methods are combined to calculate the melting temperature of Al and Cu. Results show that to accurately obtain the melting temperature, the model size should be considered carefully because the free energies of both solid and liquid phases are inversely proportional to the model size, causing a model size dependence on the calculated melting temperature. In addition, the melting temperature for various (semi‐) empirical potential models for Al and Cu is calculated and verified against experimental values to provide guidelines for the choice of potential models for simulation‐based problems relevant to the solid–liquid phase transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2300588
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Theory and Simulations
Issue number3
Early online date31 Dec 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024

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