Structural modifications in sub-T-g annealed CuZr-based metallic glass

Year: 
2017
Month: 
9
Day: 
14
Pages: 
245-252
DOI: 
10.1016/j.msea.2017.09.013
Type: 
Journal Articles
Journal: 
Materials Science and Engineering A
Volume: 
707
Abstract: 

Short term sub-glass transition annealing controls the structural reordering and nanocrystallization of CuZr−based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). Using this method, 5 times higher resistance against strain softening as confirmed by three-point bending tests is attained. Homogenously dispersed nanoparticles in sizes of 20–50 nm accounts for the remarkable shifts and peak formations on reciprocal space together with the diffraction spots observed on 2D diffraction pattern. Real-space pair distribution function analysis reveals noticeable changes in peak shapes and positions correlated with the changes in short- to medium-range ordering. The differences in the partial coordination numbers upon annealing mark the dominant Zr − Zr pair to diminish whereas the Cu − Cu pair becomes prominent, hinting that Cu diffusion is mainly responsible for structural reordering and formation of new phases. The pursued study using hard X-ray synchrotron radiation reveals important aspects of structural changes preceding nanocrystallization, which in turn enhances the mechanical performance in BMGs.