Slip avalanche in nanoscratching of metallic glasses

D. X. Han, G. Wang, J. L. Ren, S. X. Song, J. Li, J. Yi, Y. D. Jia, H. Xu, K. C. Chan, P. K. Liaw

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Slip avalanches, similar to discrete earthquake events, of Zr-, Co-, and Ce-based metallic glasses during nanoscratching were investigated. Differing from the conventional continuum approach, mean-field theory, which is an inherently-discrete model, was applied to analytically compute intermittent slip avalanches. Mean-field theory was first connected with the potential energy barrier and concentration of free volume in order to study the stick-slip behavior. The results suggest that the motion behavior of free volume affects the critical slip avalanche size.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115108
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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