Ideal shear banding in metallic glass

J. G. Wang, H. B. Ke, Y. Pan, Kang Cheung Chan, W. H. Wang, J. Eckert

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As the most fundamental deformation mechanism in metallic glasses (MGs), the shear banding has attracted a lot of attention and interest over the years. However, the intrinsic properties of the shear band are affected and even substantially changed by the influence of non-rigid testing machine that cannot be completely removed in real compression tests. In particular, the duration of the shear banding event is prolonged due to the recovery of the stressed compliant frame of testing machine and therefore the temperature rise at the operating shear band is, more or less, underestimated in previous literatures. In this study, we propose a model for the ‘ideal’ shear banding in metallic glass. The compliance of the testing machine is eliminated, and the intrinsic shear banding process is extracted and investigated. Two important physical parameters, the sliding speed and the temperature of shear band, are calculated and analysed on the basis of the thermo-mechanical coupling. Strain-rate hardening is proposed to compensate thermal softening and stabilise the shear band. The maximum value of the sliding speed is found to be on the order of 10 m/s at least, and the critical temperature at which strain-rate hardening begins to take effect should reach as high as 0.9Tg (Tg is the glass transition temperature) for a stable shear banding event in metallic glass according to the early experimental data. This model can help to understand and control the shear banding and therefore the deformation in MGs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3159-3176
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2016


  • Metallic glass
  • shear banding
  • temperature rise
  • thermo-mechanical coupling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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