An extended criterion for estimation of glass-forming ability of metals

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If a metal contracts upon solidification, the specific volume of a metallic liquid phase must not be smaller than that of the corresponding crystal. As molten metals have higher thermal expansion coefficients compared with those of the corresponding crystals, the intersection point of two specific-volume-temperature plots of the liquid and the corresponding solid crystalline phase by analogy with Kauzmann's paradox for entropy could be treated as an ideal glass-transition temperature. This paper describes this phenomenon observed for a number of pure metals and gives a semiempirical criterion for the achievement of a good glass-forming ability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1378-1383
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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