Ductility of bulk metallic glass composites: Microstructural effects

F. Abdeljawad, M. Fontus, M. Haataja

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Recent experimental findings suggest that the problem of catastrophic failure by shear band propagation in monolithic bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) can be mitigated by forming two-phase composites consisting of a glassy metal matrix phase and a soft crystalline reinforcement phase. Here, we employ a recently introduced phase-field model in two spatial dimensions, capable of capturing shear banding in BMG systems, to address the effects of microstructure on the mechanical properties of BMG composites. We identify an important geometric length scale associated with the dendritic particles and demonstrate that it controls the overall ductility and ultimate strength of such BMG composites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number031909
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 17 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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