Abrupt change in heat capacity of supercooled Pd-Cu-Ni-P melt during continuous cooling

Nobuyuki Nishiyama, M. Horino, O. Haruyama, A. Inoue

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Recently, it has been reported that the new quaternary Pd40Cu30Ni10P20 alloy has a high resistibility against crystallization in an undercooled liquid state and exhibits an outstanding high glass-forming ability. We investigated the glass-transition behavior of the alloy under continuous cooling condition, and succeeded in detecting an abrupt change in Cp. At a cooling rate of 1.67 K/s, the onset glass-transition temperature was detected at 585 K and the difference of heat capacity (ΔCp) between the supercooled melt and the glass was 9.07 J/mol K at a half point of transition. On the other hand, the heat release due to the crystallization was detected at a cooling rate of 0.33 K/s, and no abrupt change in Cp was detected. The thermodynamic parameters determined in the present study enables us to interpret the reason for the outstandingly high glass-forming ability of the alloy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-686
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 May 31


  • Crystallization
  • Heat capacity
  • Pd-Cu-Ni-P melt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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