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Crystallization Behavior and Structural Stability of Zr50Cu40Al10 Bulk Metallic Glass
Shuo ZhangTetsu IchitsuboYoshihiko YokoyamaTokujiro YamamotoEiichiro MatsubaraAkihisa Inoue
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2009 Volume 50 Issue 6 Pages 1340-1345

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We have investigated the origin of significantly high thermal stability of Zr50Cu40Al10 metallic glass and its crystallization behavior as compared to Zr70Cu20Al10 and Zr70Cu30 glassy alloys, by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) techniques. It was found from XRD and DSC analyses that (i) constituent atoms in Zr50Cu40Al10 are highly close-packed in a glassy state and (ii) Zr50Cu40Al10 glass shows a complicated crystallization process when it is heated at conventional heating rates, but when it is rapidly heated, the ordered B2-type ZrCu is dominantly formed. The high thermal stability and its crystallization behavior are discussed in terms of the long-range-diffusion of atoms and elastic strain energy.

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