Viscoelasticity of Cu- and La-based bulk metallic glasses: Interpretation based on the quasi-point defects theory

J. C. Qiao, Y. X. Chen, J. M. Pelletier, H. Kato, D. Crespo, Y. Yao, V. A. Khonik

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The dynamic mechanical relaxation of metallic glasses is closely associated with the physical and mechanical properties. In the current work, the dynamic mechanical relaxation behaviors of Cu46Zr45Al7Y2 and La65Al14(Cu5/6Ag1/6)11(Ni1/2Co1/2)10 bulk metallic glasses are investigated by mechanical spectroscopy. In general, metallic glasses display two relaxation modes: main (α) relaxation and the slow secondary (β) relaxation. The α relaxation is linked to the dynamic glass transition phenomenon and viscous flow while the slow β relaxation is associated with many fundamental issues, such as diffusion and glass transition phenomenon. The experimental study shows La65Al14(Cu5/6Ag1/6)11(Ni1/2Co1/2)10 bulk metallic glass displays a noticeable slow β relaxation. Contrarily, the Cu46Zr45Al7Y2 bulk metallic glass relaxation process takes the form of an “excess wing”. In the framework of quasi-point defects (QPD) theory, the dynamic mechanical response of the metallic glasses is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-170
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 14


  • Dynamic mechanical analysis
  • Mechanical relaxation
  • Metallic glass
  • Quasi-point defect theory
  • Viscoelasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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