Structural Mechanisms of the Cooling Rate Effect on the Deformation Behaviors in Metallic Glasses

  • Bian Zhou
  • Ming-fei Li
  • Fan Xiong
  • Liang YangEmail author


In this work, the structural mechanisms of the cooling rate effect on the deformation behaviors in metallic glasses (MGs) is studied, by performing the synchrotron radiation-based experiments coupled with a series of simulations. It is found that a MG prepared at lower cooling rate has the higher yield strength and is more likely to soften itself, resulting in lower plasticity. This is because some atomic-to-cluster level structural factors, such as coordination numbers, atomic packing efficiencies, cluster concentrations and regularities. In addition, a quantitative analysis reveals that higher cooling rate leads to more free volumes, and significantly affect the evolution of free volumes during the compressive deformation, tuning the formation and the evolution of shear transformation zones, as well as the yield strength and the plasticity.

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Metallic glasses Synchrotron radiation Molecular dynamics Cooling rate Compressive deformation Microstructure 



The authors would like to thank the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility in China, the Hasylab in Germany, the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory in China, for the use of the advanced synchrotron radiation facilities. Financial supports from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51471088) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. NE2015004) are gratefully acknowledged.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Materials Science and TechnologyNanjing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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