Fabrication and mechanical properties of bulk metallic glass matrix composites by in-situ dealloying method

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In-situ Ti-reinforced Mg-based (MT-D) and in-situ Ta-reinforced Zr-based (ZT-D) bulk metallic glass matrix composites (BMGMCs) were prepared by a novel dealloying method, which contains an element-selective leaching process in a metallic melt. The BMGMCs exhibit better mechanical properties, including higher fracture strength and larger plastic strain, than their monolithic glassy counterparts or similar BMGMCs by ex-situ dispersing or conventional arc-melting methods. The differences of Young's modulus between the dispersoids and the glassy matrix for these BMGMCs generate stress concentration at the interface, which is considered to suppress the propagation of the single main shear band and initiate multiple shear bands to accommodate the plastic deformation. Furthermore, the fine size of dispersoids for these BMGMCs, caused by low reaction temperature during dealloying in the metallic melt, results in more interfaces with the matrix for further improvement of mechanical properties. In addition, the low reaction temperature can also contribute to less composition fluctuation of the matrix to maintain the glass-forming ability of itself, which can introduce no undesired phases to degrade the mechanical properties. This novel in-situ dealloying method is believed to make a breakthrough in designing ductile BMGMCs with fine-sized secondary particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-336
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Composite materials
  • Dealloying method
  • Mechanical properties
  • Metallic glasses


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