On the critical thickness for non-localized to localized plastic flow transition in metallic glasses: A molecular dynamics study

C Zhong and H Zhang and QP Cao and XD Wang and DX Zhang and U Ramamurty and JZ Jiang, SCRIPTA MATERIALIA, 114, 93-97 (2016).

DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2015.12.012

Molecular dynamics simulations were employed to investigate the specimen thickness-dependent tensile behavior of a series of Cu(x)Z(100-x) (x = 20, 40, 50, 64 and 80 at%) metallic glass (MG) films, with a particular focus on the critical thickness, tc, below which non-localized plastic flow takes place. The simulation results reveal that while the transition occurs in all the alloys examined, t(c) is sensitive to the composition. We rationalize t(c) by postulating that the strain energy stored in the sample at the onset of plastic deformation has to be sufficient for the formation of shear bands. The composition-dependence of t(c) was found to correlate with the average activation energy of the atomic level plastic deformation events. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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