Extraordinary plasticity of an amorphous alloy based on atomistic-scale phase separation

Sang Chul Lee, Moo Young Huh, Hwi Jun Kim, Jae Chul Lee

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A bulk amorphous alloy, Zr54Cu36Al4Be6, was synthesized. This alloy shows a large plastic strain of ∼22.1% along with a work hardening of 485 MPa, which have hardly been observed in monolithic bulk amorphous alloys. Microstructures of this alloy were observed to investigate the origin of the extraordinary plasticity of the alloy. The alloy exhibited a unique microstructure characterized by an atomistic-scale phase separation, which probably stems from the large difference in mixing enthalpy between the binary pairs of Zr-Be and Cu-Be. This paper discusses the possible mechanism underlying the extraordinary plasticity of the alloy by considering the atomic packing density and atomistic-scale compositional separation induced by Be.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-65
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by grants from the Basic Research Program (R01-2004-000-10891-0) of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Next Generation-New Technology Development program (10006938-2005-21) of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Korea.


  • Bulk amorphous alloy
  • Phase separation
  • Plasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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