On room-temperature quasi-elastic mechanical behaviour of bulk metallic glasses

D. V. Louzguine-Luzgin, V. Yu Zadorozhnyy, S. V. Ketov, Z. Wang, A. A. Tsarkov, A. L. Greer

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Uniaxial compression is used to apply cyclic loading within the elastic range to samples of Zr61Cu27Fe2Al10 bulk metallic glass (BMG). The results are twofold. On one hand the microhardness measured on the end-faces of the samples shows an increase of ∼8% together with a slight gradual increase in the Young's modulus after the 2nd cycle. This appears similar to hardening induced by elastic cycling in nanoindentation. The microhardness measured in the centre of the sample or on the side faces of the BMG samples show little or no change as a result of cyclic loading. These results suggest that the apparent hardening of the end-faces is a surface effect attributed, not to relaxation, but to a build-up of anelastic strain, associated with local anisotropy and stresses arising from uneven loading of the samples. This is confirmed by the decay of the apparent hardening after a several days of natural ageing at room temperature. On the other hand an effect similar to structure rejuvenation takes place in the central part of the samples leading to higher specific heat capacity of the cycled samples, larger crystallization and relaxation enthalpies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-351
Number of pages9
JournalActa Materialia
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 1


  • Anelastic strain
  • Bulk metallic glass
  • Elastic cycling
  • Enthalpy


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