Effects of alloying on oxidation of Cu-based bulk metallic glasses

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2647-2653
Journal / PublicationJournal of Materials Research
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005


The oxidation kinetics and the effects of alloying on the oxidation behaviors of copper-based bulk metallic glasses were studied. The oxidation kinetics, oxide compositions, and structures were investigated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning electron microscopy. Both the TGA results and the XPS depth profile measurements showed that the oxidation resistance of Cu60Zr3Ti10 bulk metallic glass was improved by adding Hf, but it deteriorated when it was alloyed with Y. The oxide phases were found to be ZrO2, Cu2O, and CuO in samples heated at 573 K while an additional metallic Cu phase was detected in the ones heated at 773 K. A porous oxide structure was observed in the (CuO.6 Zr0.3Ti0.1)98Y2 mettalic glass oxidized at 673 K and the poor oxidation resistance of the alloy is attributed to the porous structure. © 2005 Materials Research Society.