Bond-breaking analyses on the characteristics of flow defects in metallic glasses under plastic deformation

Shaopeng Pan, Guang Ping Zheng, Junwei Qiao, Xiaofeng Niu, Weimin Wang, Jingyu Qin

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Bond breaking related with plastic deformation in a deformed metallic glass Zr50Cu50 is investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. The results show that the spatial distributions of broken bonds are closely correlated with local shear strains, and the clustering behaviors of atoms with broken bonds (flow defects) are characterized with different stages of plastic deformation. The average distance among those clusters of flow defects decreases as the strains increase, which follows the curvature quadrupole model for flow defects in ideal amorphous solids. For the first time, the features of bond breaking processes are quantitatively measured with the chemical composition, bond length and orientation, bond pairs, local five-fold symmetry and quasi-nearest atoms, whose threshold values are important factors that could characterize the flow defects in metallic glasses under plastic deformation. The shape, orientation and energetics of flow defects quantitatively characterized by the bond breaking analysis thus facilitate our understanding on the deformation mechanisms in metallic glasses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-461
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2019


  • Bond breaking
  • Local atomic structure
  • Metallic glasses
  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Structural defects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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