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Indentation behavior of a ZCAP-3 bulk metallic glass: Effects of the fatigue deformation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 January 2011

Fuqian Yang*
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Hongmei Dang
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Gongyao Wang
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37994
Yoshihiko Yokoyama
Advanced Research Center of Metallic Glasses, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577, Japan
Peter K. Liaw
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37994
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The effects of the fatigue deformation on the localized deformation of a ZCAP-3 bulk metallic glass (BMG) were studied using the nanoindentation technique. A localized mechanical hardening was observed in the ZCAP-3 BMG between the shear bands in the fatigue-damaged zone. In contrast to the indentations of the BMG made far away from the fatigue-damaged zone, there was no indentation size effect. Both the reduced contact modulus and the indentation hardness were larger than those corresponding to the indentations of the ZCAP-3 BMG in the undamaged zone. These observations revealed the possible effects of local heating and stress-induced atomic rearrangements (i.e., inelastic deformation) on the reduction of the free volume in the BMG from the propagation of the fatigue crack.

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