Glass-forming ability of Al-Co alloy under rapid annealing

CY Liu and F Wang and FF Rao and YS Hou and SY Wang and Q Sun and Y Jia, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 113, 154306 (2013).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4801878

By using molecular dynamics method, transition of Al-Co alloy from liquid to amorphous structure has been investigated theoretically. The structure parameters, pair distribution functions (PDF), bond-angle distribution functions, and Voronoi polyhedra analysis are adopted as indicators of the evolution of clusters in Al-Co alloy during the rapid cooling processes. We found that below transition temperature, the second peak of PDF curves splits into two pronounced subpeaks, while at all temperature the PDF curves gradually converge to unity at large distance. This indicates that the amorphous alloy exhibits local ordering structure and has no long-range ordering. Besides, the bond- angle distribution function predicts that the degrees in the vicinity of 63.4 and 113.4 are dominated in the system during the processes of rapid annealing, which represent that the icosahedral structures are dominant. Together with the cluster structures observed in simulation, Voronoi polyhedra analysis shows that the most popular polyhedron is full icosahedron with the Voronoi index < 0, 0, 12, 0 >, which is always predominant in bulk metallic glass (MG) formers with excellent glass forming ability. Our studies indicated that doping of cobalt atoms in the Al-based alloy should have a better capacity of forming MG. (C) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC

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