Enhanced plasticity by introducing icosahedral medium-range order in ZrCuNiAl metallic glass

J. Pan, Kang Cheung Chan, Q. Chen, L. Liu

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The deformation behavior of the Zr69.5Cu12Ni11Al7.5bulk metallic glass (BMG) was examined by compression, tension and three-point bending test. It was found that the BMG exhibits excellent room temperature plasticity and toughness with a compressive strain over 11.5%, a tension strain of about 0.2-0.3% and a notch toughness of 86 ± 5.5 MPa m1/2. Structural analyses revealed that the existence of strong icosahedral medium-range order (IMRO) clusters in amorphous phase, which contributes to the good plasticity and toughness of the BMG studied.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


  • B. Fracture toughness
  • B. Glasses, metallic
  • B. Mechanical properties at ambient temperature
  • F. Electron microscopy, tansmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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