The kinetics of structural relaxation in Pd42.5Cu 30Ni7.5P20 bulk metallic glass (BMG) was investigated by means of volume relaxation and enthalpy relaxation in the temperature range below Tg (μ 573 K). The measured relaxation time was significantly longer than the α-relaxation time reported by dynamical mechanical analysis (DMA), indicating that these two relaxation processes are fundamentally different from each other. The temperature dependence of electrical resistivity suggests that the origin of the β-relaxation process that occurs between room temperature and Tg may be the compositional short range ordering. Anomalous volume expansion was observed in the initial stage of relaxation, which was attributed to annihilation of the p-type defects with very short relaxation time.
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