2009 Volume 50 Issue 3 Pages 490-493
(Fe0.72B0.24Nb0.04)95.5Y4.5 metallic glassy powders were fabricated with a gas-atomizing method and then densely consolidated by the spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. Densification behavior during the SPS procedure enables us to understand the thermal behavior and viscous deformation profiles of glassy particles. The glassy powders were consolidated under various temperatures to determine the effect of applied stress on the viscous densification behavior. Consequently, viscous densification commenced under a preset stress of 600 MPa at a flow temperature of Tf=663 K, which is approximately 248 K lower than that under a stress of 32 kPa, as shown by thermo-mechanical analysis (TMA). Furthermore, even below Tg, SEM images demonstrated fine imprintability on the glassy powders during this stress-enhanced viscous densification.