Glass-to-liquid transition in zirconium and palladium based metallic glasses

Tetsu Ichitsubo, Eiichiro Matsubara, Hiroshi Numakura

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In metallic glasses, the presence of the glass-to-liquid transition upon heating is a measure for evaluating thermal or structural stability against crystallization. In some less-stable metallic glasses, the crystallization precedes the glass transition, while the distinct glass transition is observed prior to crystallization for some stable metallic glasses. This feature seems to be exceptional for metallic glasses and rarely observed for other kinds of glass materials, e.g., covalently bonded glasses. In this paper, focusing on this intriguing feature of metallic glasses, we investigate the glass-to-liquid transition of Zr70 Ni30, Zr70 Cu30, and Pd42.5 Ni7.5 Cu30 P20 (numbers indicate at.%) metallic glasses for varying the heating rate β in differential scanning calorimetry. Although in Zr70 Ni30 metallic glass, the glass-to-liquid transition is not detected for ordinary heating rates, sufficiently rapid heating exposes the glass-to-liquid transition by suppressing crystallization. Whereas two fitted curves for glass transition temperature, Tg and crystallization temperature, Tx against log β intersect at a quite small β for Pd42.5 Ni7.5 Cu30 P20, their intersection occurs at a relatively large β for Zr70 Cu30 or Zr70 Ni30. The value of β at the intersection apparently reflects the thermal stability of metallic glasses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-510
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science & Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar 25


  • Amorphous alloys
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Glass transition
  • Less-stable metallic glass
  • Rapid heating
  • Superheat


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