Short-to-medium range order of Al-Mg metallic glasses studied by molecular dynamics simulations

CC Wang and CH Wong, JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 509, 10222-10229 (2011).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2011.08.075

Molecular dynamics simulations of Al-Mg metallic glasses with a wide composition range have been conducted. We made use of a variety of analytical methods to study their amorphous structure. Pair distribution functions were constructed to determine the interatomic distances, and we found good agreement with reported simulation and experimental results. Coordination number analyses revealed that Mg atoms are more likely to serve as neighbour atoms in Al-centred icosahedral clusters in the middle concentration range or to form larger polyhedra at the Al- rich end. The presence of the 155-type pairs demonstrated that icosahedral ordering is predominant in the Al-Mg alloy. Results of Voronoi tessellation showed that Al-centred icosahedra are abundant in most compositions of the Al-Mg alloy and will lead to the formation of short-range order. The icosahedral clusters are highly shared with one another forming the medium-range order and there are less than 3% isolated icosahedra in most of the compositions of the Al-Mg alloy. Finally, the sharing schemes of icosahedra are represented by the splitting of the second peak of each pair distribution function. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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