Correlation between the elastic modulus and the intrinsic plastic behavior of metallic glasses: The roles of atomic configuration and alloy composition

YQ Cheng and AJ Cao and E Ma, ACTA MATERIALIA, 57, 3253-3267 (2009).

DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2009.03.027

Recent reports Suggest that Poisson's ratio (v), or the related ratio of shear modulus G to bulk modulus B, indicates the potential of metallic glasses (MGs) to sustain plastic strain. Using molecular dynamics Simulations of the Cu64Zr36 MG as a representative, we demonstrate why and how these elastic and plastic properties are correlated, in terms of the common structural origin underlying these mechanical behaviors in MGs. The full icosahedral ordering has been identified as the key structural feature in the Cu-Zr MGs that controls not only the G and the GIB (or v), but also the initiation of shear localization and the intrinsic plasticity. Additional analysis of the Cu-Zr MGs of different compositions and MGs in different alloy systems reveals a general correlation of the plasticity with the G/B ratio, as the latter is able to represent and couple the effects of both the atomic configuration and the alloy composition. (C) 2009 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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