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Chemical and topological order in shear bands of Cu64Zr36 and Cu36Zr64 glasses

Ritter, Yvonne and Albe, Karsten (2012):
Chemical and topological order in shear bands of Cu64Zr36 and Cu36Zr64 glasses.
In: J. Appl. Phys., American Institute of Physics, p. 103527, 111, (10), ISSN 0021-8979,
[Online-Edition: http://jap.aip.org/resource/1/japiau/v111/i10/p103527_s1],
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Abstract

Shear bands in binary Cu64Zr36 and Cu36Zr64 metallic glasses are studied by molecular dynamics simulations with respect to their chemical and topological short range order. In both glasses, shear band formation goes along with an increase in excess volume inside the shear band. Only in the Cu-rich alloy, where Cu-centered icosahedra represent the most abundant topological unit, the dilatation within the shear band is related to a decrease in the number of icosahedral units, while the degree of cross-linking and the cluster size decrease when a shear band forms. In the Cu36Zr64 glass, in contrast, no topological feature changes when the material starts yielding and a shear band is formed. The chemical short range order, however, is affected in both materials within the shear band, which is revealed by an increase in the number of Cu–Cu and Zr–Zr bonds. Since all structural modifications are rather the result of plastic deformation than a pre-requisite, we conclude that the presence of distinct topological features, such as icosahedral units, is not a pre-requisite for shear band formation.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2012
Creators: Ritter, Yvonne and Albe, Karsten
Title: Chemical and topological order in shear bands of Cu64Zr36 and Cu36Zr64 glasses
Language: English
Abstract:

Shear bands in binary Cu64Zr36 and Cu36Zr64 metallic glasses are studied by molecular dynamics simulations with respect to their chemical and topological short range order. In both glasses, shear band formation goes along with an increase in excess volume inside the shear band. Only in the Cu-rich alloy, where Cu-centered icosahedra represent the most abundant topological unit, the dilatation within the shear band is related to a decrease in the number of icosahedral units, while the degree of cross-linking and the cluster size decrease when a shear band forms. In the Cu36Zr64 glass, in contrast, no topological feature changes when the material starts yielding and a shear band is formed. The chemical short range order, however, is affected in both materials within the shear band, which is revealed by an increase in the number of Cu–Cu and Zr–Zr bonds. Since all structural modifications are rather the result of plastic deformation than a pre-requisite, we conclude that the presence of distinct topological features, such as icosahedral units, is not a pre-requisite for shear band formation.

Journal or Publication Title: J. Appl. Phys.
Volume: 111
Number: 10
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords: copper alloys, metallic glasses, molecular dynamics method, zirconium alloys
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science > Materials Modelling
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2012 09:55
Official URL: http://jap.aip.org/resource/1/japiau/v111/i10/p103527_s1
Identification Number: doi:10.1063/1.4717748
Funders: The authors acknowledge financial support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) through project Grants No. Al-578/13-1., A DAAD-PPP travel grant is also acknowledged., Computing time was made available by HHLR Frankfurt and Darmstadt, as well as by CSC Julich.
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