Scaling of thermodynamic mixing properties in garnet solid solutions

Bosenick, A., Dove, M. T., Heine, V. and Geiger, C. A. (2001) Scaling of thermodynamic mixing properties in garnet solid solutions Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 28 (3). pp. 177-187. DOI 10.1007/s002690000141.

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The volumes and enthalpies of mixing, DeltaV(Mix) and DeltaH(Mix), of binary solid-solution aluminosilicate garnets have been studied by computer simulation. The use of "average atoms" to simulate solid solution was found to give results that are considerably different from those obtained by calculating and averaging over many configurations of cations at a given composition. Although we expect mineral properties calculated from model calculations to be correct only on a qualitative rather than a quantitative scale, fair agreement with experiment was obtained where carefully tested potential parameters were used. The results show that mixing behaviour in these materials is controlled by local strain and relaxation effects resulting from the atomic size mismatch of the mixing divalent cations. In particular, DeltaV(Mix) and DeltaH(Mix) shown to scale quadratically with the volume difference between the end members, and to vary essentially symmetrically with composition, with a moderate dependence on the degree and nature of cation order. We conclude that computer modelling should be useful in providing detailed qualitative information about the mixing properties of solid solutions, which can help to better constrain and interpret experimental results.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: aluminosilicate garnets computer simulation solid solutions mixing properties almandine-spessartine garnets lattice-dynamics aluminosilicate garnets pyrope simulation energetics minerals binary oxides mg
Research affiliation: Kiel University
DOI etc.: 10.1007/s002690000141
ISSN: 0342-1791
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 07:24
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2012 10:39

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