Crystallization kinetics of the Zr55.9Cu18.6Ta8Al7.5Ni10bulk metallic glass matrix composite under isothermal conditions

Qi Chen, Lin Liu, Kang Cheung Chan

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A Zr55.9Cu18.6Ta8Ni10Al7.5bulk metallic glass (BMG) composite with an amorphous matrix reinforced by micro-scale particles of Ta-rich solid solution was prepared by copper-mold casting. The crystallization kinetics of the BMG composite was investigated under isothermal conditions by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and was modeled by the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation. It was found that the crystallization process follows three distinct stages with different Avrami exponents. The average Avrami component was about 2.5 at the initial and final stages, implying a mechanism of diffusion-controlled three-dimensional growth with a constant nucleation rate. However, the Avrami exponent was higher than 4 in the middle stage, indicating that the crystallization involved a transient nucleation process with an increasing nucleation rate. The different mechanisms in various stages of crystallization were tentatively discussed from a structural point of view.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-75
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2006


  • Bulk metallic glass matrix composite
  • Crystallization kinetics
  • Thermal analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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