Molecular dynamics simulation on the micro-structural evolution in heat- affected zone during the preparation of bulk metallic glasses with selective laser melting

S Guo and M Wang and Z Zhao and YY Zhang and X Lin and WD Huang, JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 697, 443-449 (2017).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2016.11.393

The method of selective laser melting (SLM) is a new manufacturing technology which has been regarded as a potential candidate to prepare bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) without limit of critical dimensions. However, obstacles still remain since the crystallization is rather hard to be sustained in the heat affected zone (HAZ) during the preparation of BMGs, due to the existence of cyclic heating process. In order to find the possibility of inhibiting the crystallization behavior in the HAZ, the micro-structural evolution of Ni75Al25 metallic glass during the cyclic heating process at different temperature variation rates was studied with Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation. The results reveal that at low temperature variation rates relatively, the crystallization begins during the heating or cooling process depends on the relaxation time between the glass transition temperature TG and the maximum heating temperature TMAX. The relaxation time also affects the transformation mode of crystal structure after the completion of crystallization behavior. When the temperature variation rate rises to 5 x 10(13) K/s, the decline of nucleation occurred: during the heating process, the heating rate is so high that the nuclei at the low temperature could come into the embryo at the high temperature which lead to the fusion of crystal embryos. And the decline of nucleation provides a new possibility for the research on the inhibition of crystallization behavior in the HAZ during the preparation of BMGs with SLM. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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