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Materials Transactions, Vol.46 No.12 (2005) pp.2848-2855
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Effects of Atomic Deviatoric Distortion on Local Glass Transition of Metallic Glasses

Junyoung Park, Yoji Shibutani, Shigenobu Ogata and Masato Wakeda

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Osaka University, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

The dependence of the glass transition on the local volumetric strain of each atom has been shown by Egami and others. The atomistic strain defined by the deformation tensor of the Voronoi polyhedra exhibits a different tendency from that of the total strain of the whole system. Even below the glass transition temperature, some percent of the atoms have strains that are already over the critical strain predicted by theory. In addition, the atomic deviatoric distortion has a non-zero value, while the total deviatoric distortion remains zero at the glass transition in the heat cycle. In this paper, the strain states at the glass transition, such as the volumetric strain and deviatoric distortion, are investigated for Cu and Zr based amorphous metals with three different compositions. We found that the local glass transition depends on the deviatoric distortion of atoms and, in these cases, starts at 600 K, a lower temperature, than that of the global glass transition at 1100 K.

(Received 2005/6/27; Accepted 2005/9/8; Published 2005/12/15)

Keywords: metallic glasses, glass transition, atomic strain

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