The effects of fatigue on the atomic structure with cyclic loading in Zr 50Cu 40Al 10 and Zr 60Cu 30Al 10 Glasses

Peng Tong, Despina Louca, G. Wang, P. K. Liaw, E. Maxey, Y. Yokoyama

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The potential damage effect from fatigue on Zr bulk metallic glass alloys of Zr50Cu40Al10 at the eutectic point and Zr60Cu30Al10 away from the eutectic point (in atomic percent) is examined via the local atomic structure, which was obtained from the pair density function analysis of the synchrotron X-ray radiation and neutron data. Samples cut from the same rods were subjected to 104, 105 , and 106 compression cycles ex situ, and the evidence for fatigue damage was investigated by comparing alloys before and after cyclic loading. Bond orientation was observed particularly in Zr50Cu40Al10, suggesting that fatigue damage occurs even in the elastic range, below the yield point, and during cyclic loading. The initiation of fatigue changes is observed first within small localized atomic regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2676-2679
Number of pages4
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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