Borosilicate glasses are traditionally challenging to model using atomic scale simulations due to the composition and thermal history dependence of the coordination state of B atoms. Here, we report a new empirical interatomic potential that shows a good transferability over a wide range of borosilicate glasses—ranging from pure silicate to pure borate end members—while relying on a simple formulation and a constant set of energy parameters. In particular, we show that our new potential accurately predicts the compositional dependence of the average coordination number of boron atoms, glass density, overall short-range and medium-range order structure, and shear viscosity values for several borosilicate glasses and liquids. This suggests that our new potential could be used to gain new insights into the structure of a variety of advanced borosilicate glasses to help elucidate composition-structure-property relationships—including in complex nuclear waste immobilization glasses.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry