Atomic structure of shear bands in Cu64Zr36 metallic glasses studied by molecular dynamics simulations

SD Feng and L Qi and LM Wang and SP Pan and MZ Ma and XY Zhang and G Li and RP Liu, ACTA MATERIALIA, 95, 236-243 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2015.05.047

Molecular dynamics simulations on the atomic structure of shear bands (SBs) in Cu64Zr36 metallic glasses are presented. Results show that the atoms in the SB move desultorily, in contrast to those in the matrix. The saturated degree of bonded pairs considering the "liquid-like" character of SB quantitatively provides important details in extending earlier studies on SBs. Zr-centered < 0, 2, 8, 5 > clusters exhibit strong spatial correlations and tendency to connect with each other in short-range order. The < 0, 2, 8, 5 > cluster-type medium-range order is the main feature inside the SB relative to the matrix. The fractal results demonstrate the planar-like fashion of the < 0, 2, 8, 5 > network in SB, forming an interpenetrating solid-like backbone. Such heterogeneous structure provides a fundamental structural perspective of mechanical instability in SB. (C) 2015 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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