Deformation behavior of metallic glass composites reinforced with shape memory nanowires studied via molecular dynamics simulations

D Sopu and M Stoica and J Eckert, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 106, 211902 (2015).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4921857

Molecular dynamics simulations indicate that the deformation behavior and mechanism of Cu64Zr36 composite structures reinforced with B2 CuZr nanowires are strongly influenced by the martensitic phase transformation and distribution of these crystalline precipitates. When nanowires are distributed in the glassy matrix along the deformation direction, a two-steps stress-induced martensitic phase transformation is observed. Since the martensitic transformation is driven by the elastic energy release, the strain localization behavior in the glassy matrix is strongly affected. Therefore, the composite materials reinforced with a crystalline phase, which shows stress-induced martensitic transformation, represent a route for controlling the properties of glassy materials. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

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