Martensitic Transformation and Plastic Deformation of TiCuNiZr-Based Bulk Metallic Glass Composites

Honggang Sun, Kaikai Song, Xiaoliang Han, Hui Xing, Xuelian Li, Shenghai Wang, Jeong Kim, Niraj Chawake, Tapabrata Maity, Li Wang, Jürgen Eckert

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In this study, the microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of TiCuNiZr-based bulk metallic glass (BMGs) composites were systematically investigated in order to optimize both the strength and the ductility of BMGs. By tailoring the glass-forming compositions, TiCuNiZr-based BMG composites with different volume fractions of B2 (Ti,Zr)(Cu,Ni) crystals precipitating in the glassy matrix exhibit not only macroscopic ductility but also high strength as well as work-hardening, which is due to the formation of multiple shear bands and martensitic transformation during deformation. Optimized mechanical properties can be achieved when the crystalline volume fraction is at least higher than 44 vol. %, which is attributed to the sizeable difference between Young’s moduli of the B2 (Ti,Zr)(Cu,Ni) crystals and the glassy matrix, and the precipitation of Ti2Cu intermetallic compounds at the B2 crystal boundaries. Our study provides a complementary understanding of how to tailor mechanical properties of TiCu-based BMG composites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196
Number of pages1
JournalMetals : open access journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2018

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