Journal of Materials Research


Plasticity of bulk metallic glasses improved by controlling the solidification condition

Z.W. Zhua1, S.J. Zhenga1 c1, H.F. Zhanga1, B.Z. Dinga1, Z.Q. Hua1, P.K. Liawa2, Y.D. Wanga3 and Y. Rena4

a1 Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China

a2 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-2200

a3 School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004, China

a4 Experimental Facilities Division, Advanced Phonon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439


Different bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) were prepared in ductile Cu47.5Zr47.5Al5, Zr62Cu15.4Ni12.6Al10, and brittle Zr55Ni5Al10Cu30 alloys by controlling solidification conditions. The achieved microstructures were characterized by x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, transmission electron microscopy, and synchrotron- based high-energy x-ray diffraction. Monolithic BMGs obtained by high-temperature injection casting are brittle, while BMGs bearing some nanocrystals with the size of 3 to 7 nm and 2 to 4 nm, obtained by low-temperature injection casting and in situ suction casting, respectively, exhibit good plasticity. It indicates that the microstructures of BMGs are closely affected by the solidification conditions. Controlling the solidification conditions could improve the plasticity of BMGs.

(Received October 15 2007)

(Accepted November 27 2007)

Key Words:

  • Amorphous;
  • Ductility;
  • Microstructure