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Deformation-induced structural transformation leading to compressive plasticity in Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu12.5M5 (M = Nb, Pd) glassy alloys

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 January 2011

Junji Saida
Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578, Japan
Hidemi Kato
Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577, Japan
Mitsuhide Matsushita
Advanced Technology Division, JEOL Ltd., Tokyo 196-8558, Japan
Akihisa Inoue
World Premier International (WPI)–Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577, Japan
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Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu12.5Nb5 glass was found to exhibit a large plastic compressive strain of over 10% and the property was suggested to be due to deformation-induced nanocrystallization. A transmission electron microscopic observation, however, only revealed obscure ordered clusters with a size of ˜2 nm in the fracture surface of a deformed sample, instead of well-identified crystals as previously reported for the Zr–Al–Ni–Cu–Pd system. This phenomenon is suggested to correlate with the higher viscosity of supercooled liquid and the slower grain growth of icosahedral phase during primary crystallization in the Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu12.5Nb5 compared to those in the Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu12.5Pd5 alloy. The role of the deformation-induced nanoclusters on the enhanced compressive plasticity was discussed.

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