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Improved Tensile Ductility by Severe Plastic Deformation for Nano-Structured Metallic Glass

Institute of Functional Nanosystems, University of Ulm, Albert-Einstein Allee 47, 89081 Ulm, Germany
International Center for New-Structured Materials, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
Institute for Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Electron Microscopy Group of Materials Science, University of Ulm, Albert-Einstein Allee 11, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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Materials 2019, 12(10), 1611;
Received: 19 April 2019 / Revised: 10 May 2019 / Accepted: 14 May 2019 / Published: 16 May 2019
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The effect of severe plastic deformation by high-pressure torsion (HPT) on the structure and plastic tensile properties of two Zr-based bulk metallic glasses, Zr55.7Ni10Al7Cu19Co8.3 and Zr64Ni10Al7Cu19, was investigated. The compositions were chosen because, in TEM investigation, Zr55.7Ni10Al7Cu19Co8.3 exhibited nanoscale inhomogeneity, while Zr64Ni10Al7Cu19 appeared homogeneous on that length scale. The nanoscale inhomogeneity was expected to result in an increased plastic strain limit, as compared to the homogeneous material, which may be further increased by severe mechanical work. The as-cast materials exhibited 0.1% tensile plasticity for Zr64Ni10Al7Cu19 and Zr55.7Ni10Al7Cu19Co8.3. Following two rotations of HPT treatment, the tensile plastic strain was increased to 0.5% and 0.9%, respectively. Further testing was performed by X-ray diffraction and by differential scanning calorimetry. Following two rotations of HPT treatment, the initially fully amorphous Zr55.7Ni10Al7Cu19Co8.3 exhibited significantly increased free volume and a small volume fraction of nanocrystallites. A further increase in HPT rotation number did not result in an increase in plastic ductility of both alloys. Possible reasons for the different mechanical behavior of nanoscale heterogeneous Zr55.7Ni10Al7Cu19Co8.3 and homogeneous Zr64Ni10Al7Cu19 are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: metallic glass; nano-heterogeneous structure; high-pressure torsion; tensile plasticity metallic glass; nano-heterogeneous structure; high-pressure torsion; tensile plasticity

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Dong, Y.; Liu, S.; Biskupek, J.; Cao, Q.; Wang, X.; Jiang, J.-Z.; Wunderlich, R.; Fecht, H.-J. Improved Tensile Ductility by Severe Plastic Deformation for Nano-Structured Metallic Glass. Materials 2019, 12, 1611.

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