Investigation of mechanical properties and devitrification of Cu-based bulk glass formers alloyed with noble metals

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The mechanical properties, glass-forming ability, supercooled liquid region and devitrification behaviour of the Cu-Zr-Ti-(Pd, Ag, Pt and Au) bulk glass formers were studied by using a mechanical testing machine, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and isothermal calorimetry. The bulk glassy alloys of diameter 2 mm were formed in the Cu55Zr30Ti10Pd5 and Cu55Zr30Ti10Ag5 alloys while Cu55Zr30Ti10Au5 bulk alloy showed mixed glassy and crystalline structure. No glassy phase was formed in the Cu55Zr30Ti10Pt5 bulk alloy whereas the glassy phase was formed in all of the ribbon samples prepared by rapid solidification. The studied alloys except for the Pt-bearing one have slightly increased compressive fracture or yield strength values compared to ternary Cu60Zr30Ti10 glassy alloy. At the same time Pd and Au addition significantly expand the supercooled liquid region of Cu-Zr-Ti glassy alloy and increase Young's modulus. A nanoicosahedral phase is primarily formed in the Cu55Zr30Ti10(Pd,Au)5 glassy alloys in the initial stage of the devitrification process by nucleation and three-dimensional diffusion-controlled growth. Nearly the same quasilattice constant obtained in the Cu55Zr30Ti 10(Pd,Au)5 alloys illustrates the same type of the icosahedral phase in these alloys. However, no icosahedral phase was found in the Cu55Zr30Ti10(Ag,Pt)5 alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-331
Number of pages5
JournalScience and Technology of Advanced Materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul 1


  • Bulk glassy alloy
  • Devitrification
  • Icosahedral phase
  • Mechanical properties
  • Nanoscale phase
  • Noble metals
  • Supercooled liquid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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