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The effect of cooling rate on the wear performance of a ZrCuAlAg bulk metallic glass

Huang, Yongjiang; Fan, Hongbo; Wang, Dongjun; Sun, Yu; Liu, Fangyu; Shen, Jun; Sun, Jianfei; Mi, J.


Yongjiang Huang

Hongbo Fan

Dongjun Wang

Yu Sun

Fangyu Liu

Jun Shen

Jianfei Sun


In the present work, the local atomic ordering and the wear performance of ZrCuAlAg bulk metallic glass (BMG) samples with different diameters have been studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) plus autocorrelation function analysis, and pin-on-disc dry sliding wear experiments. Differential scanning calorimetry and TEM studies show that smaller diameter BMG sample has higher free volume and less local atomic ordering. The wear experiments demonstrate that with the same chemical composition, the smaller BMG sample exhibits higher coefficient of friction, higher wear rate, and rougher worn surface than those of the larger ones. Compared with larger BMG sample, the faster cooling rate of the smaller sample results in looser atomic configuration with more free volume, which facilitates the formation of the shear bands, and thus leads to larger plasticity and lower wear resistance. The results provide more quantitative understanding on the relationship among the cooling rate, the local atomic ordering, and the wear performance of BMGs.


Huang, Y., Fan, H., Wang, D., Sun, Y., Liu, F., Shen, J., …Mi, J. (2014). The effect of cooling rate on the wear performance of a ZrCuAlAg bulk metallic glass. Materials and Design, 58, 284-289.

Acceptance Date Jan 18, 2014
Online Publication Date Feb 5, 2014
Publication Date 2014-06
Deposit Date Apr 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 8, 2016
Journal Materials & Design
Print ISSN 0261-3069
Electronic ISSN 0264-1275
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 58
Pages 284-289
Keywords Metallic glasses; Cooling rate; Free volume; Wear resistance; Electron microscopy
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Additional Information This is the author's accepted manuscript version of an article published in Materials & Design, 2014, v.58.


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