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Metals 2016, 6(11), 274;

The Effect of Thermal Cycling Treatments on the Thermal Stability and Mechanical Properties of a Ti-Based Bulk Metallic Glass Composite

State Key Laboratory of solidification processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
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Academic Editor: Akihiko Hirata
Received: 12 September 2016 / Revised: 24 October 2016 / Accepted: 1 November 2016 / Published: 10 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bulk Metallic Glasses)
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The effect of thermal cycling treatments on the thermal stability and mechanical properties of a Ti48Zr20Nb12Cu5Be15 bulk metallic glass composite (BMGC) has been investigated. Results show that moderate thermal cycles in a temperature range of −196 °C (cryogenic temperature, CT) to 25 °C (room temperature, RT) or annealing time at CT has not induced obvious changes of thermal stability and then it decreases slightly over critical thermal parameters. In addition, the dendritic second phases with a bcc structure are homogeneously embedded in the amorphous matrix; no visible changes are detected, which shows structural stability. Excellent mechanical properties as high as 1599 MPa yield strength and 34% plastic strain are obtained, and the yield strength and elastic modulus also increase gradually. The effect on the stability is analyzed quantitatively by crystallization kinetics and plastic-flow models, and indicates that the reduction of structural relaxation enthalpy, which is related to the degradation of spatial heterogeneity, reduces thermal stability but does not imperatively deteriorate the plasticity. View Full-Text
Keywords: BMGC; thermal stability; structure relaxation; mechanical property BMGC; thermal stability; structure relaxation; mechanical property

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Bu, F.; Wang, J.; Li, L.; Kou, H.; Xue, X.; Li, J. The Effect of Thermal Cycling Treatments on the Thermal Stability and Mechanical Properties of a Ti-Based Bulk Metallic Glass Composite. Metals 2016, 6, 274.

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