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The onset of plasticity of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass

Huang, Yongjiang; Khong, J. C.; Connolley, Thomas; Mi, J.


Yongjiang Huang

J. C. Khong

Thomas Connolley


The deformation behaviors of a Zr41.2Ti13.8Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5 bulk metallic glassy alloy under step-controlled tensile loads have been studied in situ and systematically using scanning electron microscopy and synchrotron X-ray diffraction. A circular hole, as a stress concentrator, was introduced in the middle of the gauge length of the sample to facilitate the creation of shear bands in a controllable way at the edge of the hole in situ imaging and diffraction studies could be carried out at the identical loads in a quasi-steady state manner. Pair distribution function was used to calculate the strains of different atomic coordination shells and the relative change of the bond lengths of different atomic pairs. The combined imaging and diffraction studies revealed that (1) the extension of solvent–solvent (Zr–Zr) atomic pairs under tension causes the nucleation of shear bands, and (2) the compressive stress field around the shear band tip effectively slows down the fast propagation of shear bands.


Huang, Y., Khong, J. C., Connolley, T., & Mi, J. (2014). The onset of plasticity of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass. International Journal of Plasticity, 60, 87-100.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 22, 2014
Online Publication Date May 15, 2014
Publication Date 2014-09
Deposit Date Apr 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 8, 2016
Journal International journal of plasticity
Print ISSN 0749-6419
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Pages 87-100
Keywords Bulk metallic glasses; A. Ductility; C. Electron microscopy; B. Glass material; C. Mechanical testing
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Additional Information This is an author's accepted manuscript of an article published in International Journal of Plasticity, 2014, v.60.


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