Improvements in the plasticity and biocompatibility of Zr-Cu-Ni-Al bulk metallic glass by the microalloying of Nb

L. Liu, C. L. Qiu, M. Sun, Q. Chen, Kang Cheung Chan, Geoffrey K.H. Pang

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Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) of Zr65-xNbxCu17.5Ni10Al7.5(x = 0, 2, and 5 at.%) were prepared by copper mold casting. Room-temperature uniaxial compression tests revealed that the addition of a small amount of Nb could considerably enhance the compression plasticity of Zr-based BMGs. Electrochemical polarization measurements and ion release tests of the BMGs in an artificial body fluid indicated that Nb addition could highly improve the corrosion resistance and reduce the ion release of all kinds of the base alloy. The results demonstrated that Zr-based BMGs microalloyed with Nb hold promise for biomedical use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2007


  • Biocompatibility
  • Room-temperature plasticity
  • Zr-based bulk metallic glass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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