Room-temperature mechanically induced solid-state devitrifications of glassy Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu12.5Pd5 alloy powders

M. Sherif El-Eskandarany, J. Saida, A. Inoue

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The high-energy ball milling technique was employed for synthesizing a single phase of glassy Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu12.5Pd5 alloy powder, using a room-temperature mechanical alloying method. Whereas the glass transition temperature of the obtained glassy alloy is 683 K, the crystallization temperature is 783 K. The mechanically alloyed Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu12.5Pd5 glassy powders maintain their unique disordered structure through a large supercooled liquid region (100 K). The possibility of devitrification of the synthetic glassy phase upon increasing the ball milling time was investigated. The results have shown that the glassy powder that is obtained after 173 ks of milling is subjected to numerous lattice imperfections and tends to transform into a metastable big-cube phase after further ball milling (259-432 ks). After 540 ks of milling, a complete glassy-metastable phase transformation is achieved and the end-product of this stage of milling is nanocrystalline big-cube powder that has a lattice constant of 1.2293 nm. As the milling time increases (720 ks), the obtained big-cube phase can no longer withstand the shear and impact stresses that are generated by the milling media and is transformed into a new metastable phase of nanocrystalline fcc-Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu12.5Pd5 . The fcc-metastable phase transforms into a mixture of Zr2Cu and Zr6NiAl2 crystalline phases at rather high temperature, as high as 993 K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4519-4532
Number of pages14
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Sept 3


  • Devitrifications
  • Glassy alloys
  • Metastable phase
  • Nanocrystalline materials
  • Zr-based alloys


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