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The Thermal Shear-Transformation-Zone Theory: Homogeneous Flow and Superplasticity in Bulk Metallic Glasses

  • Michael L. Falk (a1), James S. Langer (a2) and Leonid Pechenik (a2)

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We present an extended version of our earlier shear-transformation-zone theory of amorphous plasticity that takes into account thermally assisted molecular rearrangements. As in the previous low-temperature theory a transition is predicted between jammed and flowing states at a well defined yield stress. In the new theory the jammed state below the yield stress exhibits thermally assisted creep. The theory accounts for the experimentally observed strain-rate dependence of the viscosity of a bulk metallic glass. In particular it models the onset of superplastic behavior at high strain rates as the system approaches the yield stress. The theory also captures many of the details of the transient stress-strrain response of the metallic glass at temperatures near the glass transition.

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The Thermal Shear-Transformation-Zone Theory: Homogeneous Flow and Superplasticity in Bulk Metallic Glasses

  • Michael L. Falk (a1), James S. Langer (a2) and Leonid Pechenik (a2)

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