Linking high- and low-temperature plasticity in bulk metallic glasses: Thermal activation, extreme value statistics and kinetic freezing

P. M. Derlet, R. Maaß

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Abstract

At temperatures well below their glass transition, the deformation properties of bulk metallic glasses are characterized by a sharp transition from elasticity to plasticity, a reproducible yield stress and an approximately linear decrease of this stress with increasing temperature. In the present work, it is shown that when the well-known properties of the undercooled liquid regime, in terms of the underlying potential energy landscape, are assumed to be also valid at low temperature, a thermal activation model is able to reproduce the observed onset of macroscopic yield. At these temperatures, the thermal accessibility of the complex potential energy landscape is drastically reduced, and the statistics of extreme value and the phenomenon of kinetic freezing become important, affecting the spatial heterogeneity of the irreversible structural transitions mediating the elastic-to-plastic transition. As the temperature increases and approaches the glass transition temperature, the theory is able to smoothly transit to the high-temperature deformation regime where plasticity is known to be well described by thermally activated viscoplastic models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4232-4263
Number of pages32
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Volume93
Issue number34
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

Keywords

  • Bulk metallic glasses
  • Plastic deformation
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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