Highly ductile Zr65 Al7.5 Cu27.5 bulk metallic glass (BMG) containing nanometer scaled fcc phase was obtained by copper mold casting. Room temperature compression tests revealed superior mechanical properties of the alloy: yielding stress of 1670 MPa, Young's modulus of 90 GPa, elastic strain of 2%, and especially a remarkable plasticity of over 50%. The marginal BMG is a useful model system to examine the nanocrystal coalescence model and the shear-transformation-zone model proposed for large scale plastic deformations of metallic glasses.
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