On the role of Sm in solidification of Al-Sm metallic glasses

GB Bokas and L Zhao and JH Perepezko and I Szlufarska, SCRIPTA MATERIALIA, 124, 99-102 (2016).

DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2016.06.045

During the solidification of Al-Sm metallic glasses the evolution of the Supercooled liquid atomic structure has been identified with an increasing population of icosahedral-like clusters with increasing Sm concentration. These clusters exhibit slower kinetics compared to the remaining clusters in the liquid1eading to enhanced amorphous phase stability and glass forming ability (GFA). Maximum icosahedral-ordering and atomic packing density have been found for the Al90Sm10 and Al85Sm15 alloys, respectively, whereas minimum cohesive energy has been found for the Al93Sm7 which is consistent with the range of compositions (from Al92Sm8 to Al84Sm16) found experimentally with high GFA. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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