Continuous cooling transformation (CCT) diagrams were successfully constructed for Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu17.5-xPdx (x=0-17.5) glass-forming alloys, comparing phase-transformation features in the alloy system to composition. While a low-Pd alloy (x=5) showed a single transformation curve, corresponding to the formation of a crystalline phase on the high-temperature side of the undercooled-liquid region, for a given time-scale, a high-Pd alloy (x=17.5) revealed an additional curve, corresponding to quasicrystalline phase formation on the lower temperature side. The result provides a clue to the structural and property control on the alloy system. Glassy specimens of the same size but with different intrinsic structure, evaluated by structural relaxation during continuous heating, could be fabricated for the low-Pd alloy (x=5). Plasticity was found to increase proportionally with the relaxation enthalpy. On the other hand, the critical size for glass formation could be improved considerably from 5 to 7 mm in diameter for the high-Pd alloy (x=17.5).
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- Condensed Matter Physics