Direct measurement of nanostructural change during in situ deformation of a bulk metallic glass

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review

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Author(s)

  • Thomas C. Pekin
  • Jun Ding
  • Christoph Gammer
  • Burak Ozdol
  • Colin Ophus
  • Mark Asta
  • Andrew M. Minor

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number2445
Journal / PublicationNature Communications
Volume10
Online published4 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

To date, there has not yet been a direct observation of the initiation and propagation of individual defects in metallic glasses during deformation at the nanoscale. Here, we show through a combination of in situ nanobeam electron diffraction and large-scale molecular dynamics simulations that we can directly observe changes to the local short to medium range atomic ordering during the formation of a shear band. We observe experimentally a spatially resolved reduction of order prior to shear banding due to increased strain. We compare this to molecular dynamics simulations, in which a similar reduction in local order is seen, and caused by shear transformation zone activation, providing direct experimental evidence for this proposed nucleation mechanism for shear bands in amorphous solids. Our observation serves as a link between the atomistic molecular dynamics simulation and the bulk mechanical properties, providing insight into how one could increase ductility in glassy materials.

Citation Format(s)

Direct measurement of nanostructural change during in situ deformation of a bulk metallic glass. / Pekin, Thomas C.; Ding, Jun; Gammer, Christoph; Ozdol, Burak; Ophus, Colin; Asta, Mark; Ritchie, Robert O.; Minor, Andrew M.

In: Nature Communications, Vol. 10, 2445, 2019.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review