Hardening and crystallization in monatomic metallic glass during elastic cycling

R Cao and Y Deng and C Deng, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS RESEARCH, 30, 1820-1826 (2015).

DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2015.130

While conventional metallic glass (MG) is usually an alloy that contains at least two types of different elements, monatomic metallic glass (MMG) in body-centered cubic metals has recently been vitrified experimentally through ultrafast quenching. In this research, MMG in Ta was vitrified by molecular dynamics simulations and used as a model system to explore the atomistic mechanism of hardening in MG under cyclic loading well below the yield point. It was found that significant structural ordering was caused during the elastic cycling without accumulating apparent plastic strain, which ultimately led to the crystallization of MG that has been long conjectured but rarely directly proved before. It was also revealed that tensile stresses were more likely to induce structural ordering and crystallization in MG than compressive stresses.

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