Effect of Zr composition and heat-treatment on fracture toughness in Zr-Cu-Al bulk metallic glass

Nobuyuki Yoshida, Kazutaka Fujita, Yoshihiko Yokoyama, Hisamichi Kimura, Akihisa Inoue

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Fracture toughness tests were carried out using different Zr composition in Zr-Cu-Al based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) and heat-treated those just under the glass transition temperature (T g) in order to examine the effects of Zr composition and heat-treatment on the fracture toughness (K Q; fracture toughness including the values under unsatisfying the plane strain condition). Zr 50Cu 40Al 10, Zr 55Cu 35Al 10 and Zr 60Cu 30Al 10 BMGs fabricated by a tilt ark casting method were used. Heat-treatments were done for 90 minutes just under the T gs of each BMG. Tests were conducted based on ASTM E399. Compact type specimen was used (thickness = 2.3, 2.0 mm, thickness : width =1:4). Fatigue pre-crack was induced under ΔK less than 6 MPa ̇ m 1/2 by a servohydraulic fatigue machine and the fracture toughness test was done by using the same machine. The K Q dominantly increased with increasing the Zr composition. The K Q in heat-treated BMGs decreased in comparison with that in unheat-treated BMGs in all Zr composition. In the BMG of the high Zr composition, however, the decrease was small after heat-treatment, and the K Q showed enough high values. In heat-treated BMGs, the dispersion of K QS did not become small, but fatigue pre-cracks were induced more vertical against the loading axis and less bifurcation than those in unheat-treated BMGs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-735
Number of pages6
JournalNippon Kinzoku Gakkaishi/Journal of the Japan Institute of Metals
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep
Externally publishedYes


  • Bulk metallic glass
  • Fracture toughness
  • Heat-treatment
  • Hypoeutectic composition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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