Enhancing strength and plasticity by pre-introduced indent-notches in Zr36Cu64 metallic glass: A molecular dynamics simulation study

Shidong Feng, Lin Li, K. C. Chan, Lei Zhao, Limin Wang, Riping Liu

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The deformation behavior in Zr36Cu64 metallic glasses with pre-introduced indent-notches has been studied by molecular dynamics simulation at the atomic scale. The indent-notches can trigger the formation of densely-packed clusters composed of solid-like atoms in the indent-notch affected zone. These densely-packed clusters are highly resistant to the nucleation of shear bands. Hence, there is more tendency for the shear bands to nucleate outside the indent-notch affected zone, which enlarges the deformation region and enhances both the strengthening effect and the plastic deformation ability. For indent-notched MGs, when determining the initial yielding level, there is a competition process occurring between the densely-packed clusters leading to the shear band formation outside the indent-notch affected zone and the stress-concentration localizing deformation around the notch roots. When the indent-notch depth is small, the stress-concentration around the notch root plays a dominant role, leading to the shear bands initiating from the notch root, reminiscence of the cut-notches. As the indent-notch depth increases, there are many densely-packed clusters with high resistance to deformation in the indent-notch affected zone, leading to the shear band formation from the interface between the indent-notch affected zone and the matrix. Current research findings provide a feasible means for improving the strength and the plasticity of metallic glasses at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2020


  • Metallic glass
  • Microstructure
  • Molecular dynamics simulation
  • Notch
  • Shear band

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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