Oxygen embrittlement in a Cu-Hf-Al bulk metallic glass

S. V. Madge, T. Wada, D. V. Louzguine-Luzgin, A. L. Greer, A. Inoue

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Compression testing shows that at low-oxygen levels (240 ppm) the Cu49Hf42Al9 glass deforms predominantly by shear and is quite tough. Specimens with higher oxygen levels (1700 ppm) have oxygen-containing dendrites in an amorphous matrix and show no plasticity. Importantly, the dominant fracture mode is not shear but local tensile failure. Although there is a slight reduction in the toughness of the glassy matrix, the severe embrittlement is primarily because of the brittle dendrites that facilitate crack initiation and propagation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-543
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sept


  • Bulk amorphous materials
  • Cu-based bulk metallic glasses
  • Embrittlement
  • Metallic glasses
  • Toughness


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