The recrystallization and associated nanoindentation behavior of a Zr-10Al-5Ti-17.9Cu-14.6Ni (at.%) bulk amorphous alloy was investigated using in situ transmission electron microscopy and high-temperature nanoindentation. The onset of recrystallization occurs around 710 K, with the formation of Zr 2Cu, Al3Zr4, and Ni10Zr7. Nanoindentation hardness and elastic modulus were obtained as a function of temperature from 298 to 723 K. The hardness was measured to be ∼7.5 GPa and found unchanged at temperatures below 673 K, but softened rapidly and decreased to 5 GPa at 723 K. These results can be correlated very well with the onset of recrystallization of this alloy at ∼700 K. The present study demonstrates that transmission electron microscopy, hot-stage nanoindentation, and X-ray diffraction are supplementary techniques for the study of glass relaxation and crystallization of metallic glasses.
- B. Glasses, metallic
- B. Mechanical properties at high temperatures
- B. Phase identification
- C. Recrystallization and recovery (including grain growth)
- F. Electron microscopy, transmission
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Metals and Alloys