Atomic Scale Investigation of Structural Properties and Glass Forming Ability of Ti100−xAlx Metallic Glasses
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In this work, we employed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study Ti-Al metallic glasses (MGs) using the embedded atom method (EAM) potential to model the atomic interaction with different compositions. The results showed evidence of the metallic glass formation induced by the split occurring in the second peak of the radial distribution function (RDF) curves implying both Ti and Al atoms. The common neighbor analysis (CNA) method confirmed the presence of the icosahedral clusters with a maximum amount observed for an alloy with 75 pct of Al. Analysis of coordination numbers (CNs) indicated that the total CNs are nearly unchanged in these systems. Finally, Voronoi tessellation analyses (VTA) showed a higher value of the number of icosahedral units at Ti25Al75 composition. This specific composition represents a nearby peritectic point localized at a low melting point in the Ti-Al binary phase diagram. The glass forming ability (GFA) becomes important when the fraction of Al increases by forming and connecting “icosahedral-like” clusters (12-coordinated 〈0, 0, 12, 0〉 and 13-coordinated 〈0, 1, 10, 2〉) and by playing a main role in the structure stability of the Ti-Al MGs.
We thank Professor S. El Yamani, Hassan 1st University, for editing our article by refining the style and English language of the manuscript.
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