Strain rate-dependent deformation in bulk metallic glasses

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1177-1182
Journal / PublicationIntermetallics
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes


Metallic glasses have metastable structures. As a result, their plastic deformation is dependent upon structural dynamics. In the present paper, we present data obtained from Zr-base and La-base metallic glasses and discuss the kinetic aspects of plastic deformation, including both homogeneous and heterogeneous deformation. In the case of homogeneous deformation (typically occurring in the supercooled liquid region), Newtonian behavior is not universally observed and usually takes place only at low strain rates. At high strain rates, non-Newtonian behavior is usually observed. It is demonstrated that this non-Newtonian behavior is associated with in situ crystallization of the amorphous structure. In the case of heterogeneous deformation (occurring at room temperature), deformation is controlled by localized shear banding. The plastic deformation of a La-base metallic glass is also investigated using instrumented nanoindentation experiments over a broad range of indentation strain rates. At low rates, the load-displacement curves during indentation exhibit numerous serrations or pop-ins, but these serrations become less prominent as the indentation rate is increased. Using the tip velocity during pop-in as a gauge of serration activity, we find that serrated flow is only significant at indentation strain rates below a certain critical value. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • B. Glasses, metallic, F. Electron microscopy

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Strain rate-dependent deformation in bulk metallic glasses. / Nieh, T. G.; Schuh, C.; Wadsworth, J.; Li, Yi.

In: Intermetallics, Vol. 10, No. 11-12, 11.2002, p. 1177-1182.

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