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Impact of deformation on the atomic structures and dynamics of a Cu-Zr metallic glass: A molecular dynamics study

TitleImpact of deformation on the atomic structures and dynamics of a Cu-Zr metallic glass: A molecular dynamics study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsZhang, Y, Mendelev, MI, Wang, CZ, Ott, R, Zhang, F, Besser, M, Ho, KM, Kramer, MJ
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume90
Pagination174101
Date Published11
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1098-0121
Accession NumberWOS:000345415100001
Keywordsamorphous-alloys, cu50zr50, diffusion, flow, local order, mechanisms, Medium-range order, simulations, strength, supercooled liquid
Abstract

Despite numerous studies on the atomic structures of Cu-Zr metallic glasses (MGs), their inherent structural ordering, e. g., medium-range order (MRO), remains difficult to describe. Specifically lacking is an understanding of how the MRO responds to deformation and the associated changes in atomic mobility. In this paper, we focus on the impact of deformation on MRO and associated effect on diffusion in a well-relaxed Cu64.5Zr35.5 MG by molecular dynamics simulations. The Cu-Zr MG exhibits a larger elastic limit of 0.035 and a yield stress of 3.5 GPa. The cluster alignment method was employed to characterize the icosahedral short-range order (ISRO) and Bergman-type medium-range order (BMRO) in the models upon loading and unloading. From this analysis, we find the disruption of both ISRO and BMRO occurs as the strain reaches about 0.02, well below the elastic limit. Within the elastic limit, the total fractions of ISRO or BMRO can be fully recovered upon unloading. The diffusivity increases six to eight times in regions undergoing plastic deformation, which is due to the dramatic disruption of the ISRO and BMRO. By mapping the spatial distributions of the mobile atoms, we demonstrate the increase in atomic mobility is due to the extended regions of disrupted ISRO and more importantly BMRO.

DOI10.1103/PhysRevB.90.174101
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