Bulk glass formability for Cu–Hf–Zr–Ag and Cu–Zr–Ag–Si alloys

Figueroa, Ignacio, Zhao, H., Gonzalez Sanchez, Sergio, Davies, H. A. and Todd, I. (2008) Bulk glass formability for Cu–Hf–Zr–Ag and Cu–Zr–Ag–Si alloys. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 354 (47-51). pp. 5181-5183. ISSN 0022 3093

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2008.05.082

Abstract

The effects of the gradual substitution of Zr by Hf on glass formability and thermal stability in the Cu45Zr45−xHfxAg10 alloys and the effects of small additions of Si on glass formability in the Cu45Zr45Ag10 alloy are reported and discussed. The samples were prepared as ribbons of thickness in the range 25–200 μm by melt spinning and as conical bulk shapes, with a length of 50 mm and cone base diameters in the range 2–10 mm, by suction die casting. The alloy Cu45Zr45Ag10 had a critical cylindrical rod diameter for glass formation, dc, of 3.5 mm but substitution of 1.5 and 3.5 at.% Zr by Hf resulted in substantial increases to 5.5 and 4.5 mm, respectively. However, for x in the range 5–40 at.%, dc was reduced to <1 mm. The small addition of Si proved to be beneficial to the glass forming ability (GFA), increasing dc up to 5.5 mm for 0.5 at.% Si. Thus the chemical and atomic size similarities of Hf and Zr do not guarantee that bulk glass formation will be maintained on substituting large proportions of Zr by Hf though small substitutions of Hf and of minor additions of Si were beneficial to the GFA. These effects are discussed in terms of the possible influence of the alloying additions on the liquid structure and on the number density of heterogeneous nucleants.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Amorphous metals; Metallic glasses
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 14:34
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 14:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24390

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