2007 Volume 48 Issue 7 Pages 1600-1604
Two-type sintered specimens of Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5 glassy alloy powder blended with and without 10 vol% ZrO2 ceramic powder, which had the similar relative density, were fabricated by a spark plasma sintering process in order to clarify the reinforced mechanical effect of ZrO2 particulates in the metallic glassy matrix composite. The structure, thermal stability and mechanical properties of the two-type sintered specimens were investigated. Two-type sintered specimens as well as original metallic glassy powder exhibited similar thermal stability. No crystallization of the metallic glassy matrix was demonstrated during the spark plasma sintering process. The plastic ductility of the sintered Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5 glassy matrix composite was enhanced by adding the ZrO2 particulates into the metallic glassy alloy. The improvement was originated from the structural inhomogeneity caused by the micro particles inclusion.