The role of disorder and the elastic robustness of bulk metallic glasses

P. M. Derlet, R. Maaß

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Despite significant atomic-scale heterogeneity, bulk metallic glasses well below their glass transition temperature exhibit a surprisingly robust elastic regime and a sharp elastic-to-plastic transition with a yield stress that depends approximately linearly on temperature. The present work attempts to understand these features within the framework of thermally activated plasticity. The presented statistical thermal activation model, in which the number of available structural transformations scales exponentially with system size, results in two distinct temperature regimes of deformation. At temperatures close to the glass transition temperature thermally activated Newtonian plastic flow emerges, whilst at lower temperatures the deformation properties fundamentally change due to the eventual kinetic freezing of the available structural transformations. In this regime, a linear temperature dependence emerges for the stress which characterises the elastic to plastic transition. For both regimes the transition to macroscopic plastic flow corresponds to a transition from a barrier energy dominated to a barrier entropy dominated statistics. The work concludes by discussing the possible influence that kinetic freezing might have on the low temperature heterogeneous and high temperature homogeneous plasticity of bulk metallic glasses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructure-Property Relations in Amorphous Solids
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781632661104
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 25 2012Nov 30 2012

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Other2012 MRS Fall Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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