Editors : R.H. Dauskardt, A. Inoue, W.L. Johnson, A.R. Yavari
a1 IFW Dresden, Institut für Metallische Werkstoffe, Postfach 270016, D-01171 Dresden, Germany
Creep tests under constant load as well as constant true strain rate were carried out at near the glass transition temperatures (Tg) to study the time dependent flow behaviour of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG). The strain rate - stress relation over a wide strain rate-range (10-7 to 10-2 s-1) was established for different temperatures. The high temperature deformation behaviour is explained on the basis of stress induced creation of free volume versus diffusion controlled annihilation processes. It was found that the creep kinetics near Tg is controlled by the mobility of atoms with an activation energy value Q =410kJ/mol.