Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 523-535

Plastic flow and fracture of Pd40Ni40P20 metallic glass under an indentor

  • P. E. DonovanAffiliated withDepartment of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

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The geometry of plastic flow under spherical and Vickers indentors in Pd40Ni40P20 metallic glass has been investigated by sectioning and etching. The surface pile-ups and slip lines around the indentations are found to be only a small part of the total deformation. Beneath the surface extensive plastic zones are formed in which material is moved radially away from the indentor, but this movement is produced by slip on surfaces of high shear stress rather than by direct radial flow or compaction. Networks of cracks or incipient cracks also form around an indentation but are not normally visible until the material is etched.