Preparation of Bulky Zr-Based Amorphous Alloys by a Zone Melting Method

Tsuyoshi Masumoto, Akihisa Inoue, Yoshihiko Yokoyama

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A bulk amorphous Zr60Al10Ni10Cu15Pd5alloy was prepared by the zone melting method using an arc-type heat source. The bulk amorphous alloy prepared on the copper hearth has a rectangular parallelepiped shape with a thickness of 10 mm, a width of 12 mm and a length of 170 mm. A majority of the region except the bottom and side edgeregions contacted with copper hearth consists of an amorphous phase. The cooling rateachieved by the zone melting method is high enough to cause an amorphous phase in theZr-based alloy where heterogeneous nucleation is suppressed. The amorphous phase subjected to continuous heating exhibits a distinct glass transition, followed by a wide supercooled liquid region and then an exothermic peak due to crystallization. The success of producing the bulk amorphous alloys by the zone melting method implies the possibility of the continuous production of the bulk amorphous alloys and seems to accelerate the subsequent progress of amorphous alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923-926
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Transactions, JIM
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Jan 1


  • amorphous alloy
  • bulk shape
  • glass transition
  • large glass-forming ability
  • supercooled liquid
  • zone melting method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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