Atomistic approach to predict the glass-forming ability in Zr-Cu-Al ternary metallic glasses

CY Yu and XJ Liu and GP Zheng and XR Niu and CT Liu, JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 627, 48-53 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2014.12.023

Prediction of composition-dependent glass-forming ability (GFA) remains to be a key scientific challenge in the metallic-glass community, especially in multi-component alloy systems. In the present study, we apply an atomistic approach to predict the trend of GFA effectively in the Zr-Cu-Al ternary alloy system from alloy compositions alone. This approach is derived from the first-principles calculations based on the density-functional theory and molecular dynamic (MD) simulations. By considering of both the thermodynamic and atomic-structure induced kinetic effects, the predicted GFA trend from this approach shows an excellent agreement with experimental data available in this alloy system, manifesting its capability of seeking metallic glasses with superior GFA in ternary alloy systems. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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