Mischmetal as an alloying addition to amorphous materials and glass formers

D. V. Louzguine, A. R. Yavari, A. Inoue

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The present paper reports the results on full or partial replacement of Y and the rare-earth (RE) elements in Al-Y-Ni-Co, Mg-Ni-Y, Ge-Al-La and Ge-Cr-Al-RE rapidly solidified alloys by Mischmetal (Mm). The alloys studied were produced by the melt-spinning technique and examined by X-ray diffractometry and differential scanning calorimetry. Mechanical properties were also examined. Full replacement of Y/RE metals by Mm reduces the width of the supercooled liquid region in the Al and Mg-based glass formers and changes primary crystallization mechanism of Al-based metallic glass while partial replacement of Y by Mm in the Al85Y8Ni5Co2 metallic glass does not change its primary crystallization behavior and width of the supercooled liquid region. Mg-Ni-Mm metallic glasses show high mechanical strength of about 600 MPa which is however lower than that of the Mg-Ni-Y alloys. Al85Ni5Y4Mm4Co2 metallic glass shows high tensile strength of 1120 MPa which is comparable with 1250 MPa obtained for Al85Y8Ni5Co2. Mm addition did not worsen glass formation in the Ge-Cr-Al-RE alloys. Ge70Cr16Al10Mm4 alloy contains the highest possible Ge content in the amorphous single phase so far obtained by rapid solidification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-260
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Feb


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