Atomistic origin of size effects in fatigue behavior of metallic glasses

ZD Sha and WH Wong and QX Pei and PS Branicio and ZS Liu and TJ Wang and TF Guo and HJ Gao, JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICS AND PHYSICS OF SOLIDS, 104, 84-95 (2017).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2017.04.005

While many experiments and simulations on metallic glasses (MGs) have focused on their tensile ductility under monotonic loading, the fatigue mechanisms of MGs under cyclic loading still remain largely elusive. Here we perform molecular dynamics (MD) and finite element simulations of tension-compression fatigue tests in MGs to elucidate their fatigue mechanisms with focus on the sample size effect. Shear band (SB) thickening is found to be the inherent fatigue mechanism for nanoscale MGs. The difference in fatigue mechanisms between macroscopic and nanoscale MGs originates from whether the SB forms partially or fully through the cross-section of the specimen. Furthermore, a qualitative investigation of the sample size effect suggests that small sample size increases the fatigue life while large sample size promotes cyclic softening and necking. Our observations on the size-dependent fatigue behavior can be rationalized by the Gurson model and the concept of surface tension of the nanovoids. The present study sheds light on the fatigue mechanisms of MGs and can be useful in interpreting previous experimental results. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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