Formation, structure, and crystallization behavior of Cu-based bulk glass-forming alloys

D. V. Louzguine-Luzgin, G. Xie, Q. Zhang, C. Suryanarayana, A. Inoue

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We studied Cu-Zr-based alloys having exceptionally high glass-forming ability (GFA) and investigated the influence of Ag and Al addition on their structure and crystallization behavior. Most of the bulk glassy alloys (BGAs) do not contain any crystals, while some samples studied by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were found to contain welldeveloped medium-range order zones and nanoparticles in a bulk form. The crystallization kinetics of Cu55Zr45, Cu50Zr50, Cu55 xZr45Agx (x = 0, 10, 20), Cu 45Zr45Al5Ag5, Cu44Ag 15Zr36Ti5, and Cu36Zr 48Al8Ag8 glassy alloys was analyzed. An influence of the cooling rate on the formation of glassy phase and thermal stability of the Cu-based glassy alloys on heating was also studied. The crystallization kinetics and phase composition of the ribbon-shape and bulk glassy samples of Cu36Zr48Al8Ag8 alloys were also analyzed. The results also indicate that the best glass-forming compositions are possibly located at slightly off-eutectic area, owing to the shift of the eutectic point due to the nonequilibrium processing conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1664-1669
Number of pages6
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jul

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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