Glass transition of aluminum melt. Molecular dynamics study

LN Kolotova and GE Norman and VV Pisarev, JOURNAL OF NON-CRYSTALLINE SOLIDS, 429, 98-103 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2015.08.025

Molecular dynamics study of transition from liquid aluminum into an amorphous state is carried out. Different criteria for the glass transition are compared with each other: splitting of the second peak of the radial distribution function, increasing of the number of atoms with icosahedron-like environment, increase of the self-diffusion activation energy, changes in the heat capacity. The discrepancy of the results obtained by different criteria is discovered. Heat capacity dependence on temperature agrees qualitatively with theoretical and experimental results. Influence of cooling rate on the glass transition temperature is studied. Although different methods give different glass transition temperatures, the dependencies on cooling rate may be interpreted in the Volkenstein and Ptitsyn's framework using either Arrhenius or Vogel- Fulcher-Tammann relaxation laws. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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