Low-cycle fatigue of metallic glass nanowires

J Luo and K Dahmen and PK Liaw and YF Shi, ACTA MATERIALIA, 87, 225-232 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2014.12.038

Low-cycle fatigue fracture of metallic glass nanowires was investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. The nanowires exhibit work hardening or softening, depending on the applied load. The structural origin of the hardening/softening response was identified as the decrease/increase of the tetrahedral clusters, as a result of the non- hardsphere nature of the glass model. The fatigue fracture is caused by shear banding initiated from the surface. The plastic-strain-controlled fatigue tests show that the fatigue life follows the Coffin-Manson relation. Such power-law form originates from plastic-strain-dependent microscopic damage accumulation. Lastly, the effect of a notch on low- cycle fatigue of nanowires in terms of failure mode and fatigue life was also discussed. (C) 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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