The (Zr48Cu36Al8Ag8)99.25Si0.75-based bulk metallic glass composite (BMGC) rods ex situ dispersed with Ta particles (with a diameter of 2-4mm) have been successfully fabricated by suction casting and characterized. These Ta-added BMGCs exhibit similar thermal properties in comparison with its base alloy counterpart, with relatively high glass forming ability (GFA). The results of compression test show that a superior mechanical performance with up to 22% compressive plastic strain, 1800MPa yield strength and 1850MPa fracture strength at room temperature can be obtained for the 2mm diameter rod of the ZrCu-based BMGC with 10vol.% Ta particles. These ex situ dispersed Ta particles (20±8μm) would arrange as semi-uniform confinement zones to restrict the shear band propagation. In addition, for a given Ta particle size, higher volume fraction particles would lead to more interfacial areas, shorter inter-particle spacings, smaller confinement zone sizes than the smaller volume fraction particles, and results in presenting larger compression plasticity.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering