Sodalite Na8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2 (space group P-43n) is an important mineral belonging to the zeolite group, with several and manyfold fundamental and technological applications. Despite the interest in this mineral from different disciplines, very little is known regarding the high-pressure elastic properties. The present study aims at filling this knowledge gap, reporting the equation of state and the elastic moduli of sodalite calculated in a wide pressure range, from –6 GPa to 22 GPa. The results were obtained from Density Functional Theory simulations carried out with Gaussian-type basis sets and the well-known hybrid functional B3LYP. The DFT-D3 a posteriori correction to include the van der Waals interactions in the physical treatment of the mineral was also applied. The calculated equation of state parameters at 0 GPa and absolute zero (0 K), i.e., K0 = 70.15(7) GPa, K’ = 4.46(2) and V0 = 676.85(3) Å3 are in line with the properties derived from the stiffness tensor, and in agreement with the few experimental data reported in literature. Sodalite was found mechanically instable when compressed above 15.6 GPa.

Structural and Elastic Behaviour of Sodalite Na8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2 at High-Pressure by First-Principle Simulations

Ulian G.
Primo
;
Valdre Giovanni
Ultimo
2022

Abstract

Sodalite Na8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2 (space group P-43n) is an important mineral belonging to the zeolite group, with several and manyfold fundamental and technological applications. Despite the interest in this mineral from different disciplines, very little is known regarding the high-pressure elastic properties. The present study aims at filling this knowledge gap, reporting the equation of state and the elastic moduli of sodalite calculated in a wide pressure range, from –6 GPa to 22 GPa. The results were obtained from Density Functional Theory simulations carried out with Gaussian-type basis sets and the well-known hybrid functional B3LYP. The DFT-D3 a posteriori correction to include the van der Waals interactions in the physical treatment of the mineral was also applied. The calculated equation of state parameters at 0 GPa and absolute zero (0 K), i.e., K0 = 70.15(7) GPa, K’ = 4.46(2) and V0 = 676.85(3) Å3 are in line with the properties derived from the stiffness tensor, and in agreement with the few experimental data reported in literature. Sodalite was found mechanically instable when compressed above 15.6 GPa.
Ulian G.; Valdre Giovanni
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