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Enhanced Plasticity of Zr-based Bulk Metallic Glass Matrix Composite with Ductile Reinforcement

  • Y.F. Sun (a1), B.C. Wei (a2), Y.R. Wang (a2), W.H. Li (a2) and C.H. Shek (a3)...


A composite material containing uniformly distributed micrometer-sized Nb particles in a Zr-based amorphous matrix was prepared by suction cast. The resulting material exhibits high fractured strength over 1550 MPa and enhanced plastic strain of about 29.7% before failure in uniaxial compression test at room temperature. Studies of the serrations on the stress–strain curves and the shear bands on the fractured samples reveal that the amplitude of the stress drop of each serration step corresponds to the extent of the propagation of a single shear band through the materials. The composite exhibits more serration steps and smaller amplitude of stress drop due to the pinning of shear band propagation by ductile Nb particles.


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