Molecular dynamics study of structural formation in Cu50-Zr50 bulk metallic glass

A Foroughi and R Tavakoli and H Aashuri, JOURNAL OF NON-CRYSTALLINE SOLIDS, 432, 334-341 (2016).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2015.10.028

In this work, the evolution of the local structure in Cu50-Zr50 bulk metallic glass during glass formation was studied by molecular dynamics simulation. The pair distribution function and Voronoi analysis were adopted to characterize local structures in this alloy. The stability of icosahedral clusters and the role of other local clusters in the formation of icosahedra were evaluated. It was found that the (0,2,8,2) polyhedron is not only the dominant cluster in this alloy, but also the most prone cluster to convert into an icosahedron in the course of cooling. Moreover, it acts as an intermediate state during the icosahedron formation. The onset of stability of icosahedra emerges at the glass transition temperature and increases by decreasing temperature. It was also found that the intercross connection between icosahedra is the most stable type of connection between icosahedra. Besides, the stability of vertex sharing, edge sharing and face sharing between icosahedrons is almost the same. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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