Oxidation behavior of Cu60Zr30 Ti10 bulk metallic glass

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1396-1403
Journal / PublicationJournal of Materials Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005


The oxidation kinetics of Cu60Zr30 Ti10 bulk metallic glass and its crystalline counterpart were studied in oxygen environment over the temperature range of 573-773 K. The oxidation kinetics, measured with thermogravimetric analysis, of the metallic glass follows a linear rate law between 573 and 653 K and a parabolic rate law between 673 and 733 K. It was also found that the oxidation activation energy of metallic glass is lower than that of its crystalline counterpart. The x-ray diffraction pattern showed that the oxide layer is composed of Cu2O, CuO, ZrO2, and metallic Cu. Cu enrichment on the topmost oxide layer of the metallic glass oxidized at 573 K was revealed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy while there was a decrease in Cu content in the innermost oxide layer. The oxide surface morphologies observed from scanning electron microscopy showed that ZrO2 granules formed at low temperatures while whiskerlike copper oxides formed at higher temperatures. © 2005 Materials Research Society.