Enhanced glass forming ability and mechanical properties of new Cu-based bulk metallic glasses

Y. C. Kim, J. C. Lee, P. R. Cha, J. P. Ahn, E. Fleury

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The thermal stability, glass forming ability and mechanical properties of Cu-Zr-Al-M (M = Ag, Be) bulk metallic glass alloys have been investigated. The glass forming ability in the Cu-Zr-Al-M (M = Ag, Be) alloys increased proportionally to the Ag or Be content and show good correlations with thermal parameters such as ΔTx (=Tx - Tg), Trg (=Tg/Tl) and γ (=Tx/(Tg + Tl)), where Tg, Tx, and Tl are glass transition, crystallization, and liquidus temperatures, respectively. Particularly, for the Cu43Zr43Al7Be7 alloy, the supercooled liquid region reached 103 K, and fully amorphous rods up to 12 mm in diameter were successfully fabricated by copper mold casting. Ag containing alloy shows large ductility due to phase separation and Be containing alloy shows high compressive strength due to high packing density.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-253
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Science & Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Nov 15

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant (code #: 06K1501-00410) from the Center for Nanostructured Materials Technology under the 21st Century Frontier R&D Programs of the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology and Korea Institute of Science and Technology.


  • Cu-based bulk metallic glass
  • Glass forming ability
  • Mechanical properties
  • Thermal stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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