MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATION OF UO2: AN ALTERNATIVE RIGID ION MODEL POTENTIAL


GÜNAY S. D. , AKDERE Ü. , KAVANOZ H. B. , TAŞSEVEN Ç.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MODERN PHYSICS B, vol.25, no.9, pp.1201-1210, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1142/s0217979211100138
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MODERN PHYSICS B
  • Page Numbers: pp.1201-1210

Abstract

A semi-empirical effective interionic potential model has been parameterized to investigate UO2 by molecular dynamics simulation technique. The simulations were performed in the constant pressure temperature ensemble between 300 K 3200 K at 100 K intervals. The pair distribution functions and coordination numbers signal the onset of structural changes at temperatures in accord with the Bredig transition and melting. The oxygen ion diffusion coefficients calculated from the mean square displacements markedly increase the liquid like value at T > 2100 K. The transition to the superionic state and Melting are well reproduced within the limitations of a rigid ion potential.