Localized Shear Deformation and Fracture in a Zr-Based Bulk Metallic Glass


Article Preview

Behaviors of fracture and deformation in a Zr-Al-Ni-Cu bulk metallic glass(BMG) was investigated by using three-point bending tests. Apparent fracture toughness obtained by bending test was 40MPam1/2 which is comparable to the value of ductile crystalline metals. This high toughness of the BMG should be understood by the crack-tip plasticity as well as crystalline metals. It is well known that plastic deformation occurs very inhomogeneously when BMGs are deformed at room temperature. Such inhomogeneity is manifested by the appearance of surface steps caused by localized shear deformation. In the present study, the surface steps due to the localized shear bands near a fracture surface have been examined in detail by using SEM and AFM, where much attention has been paid on the variation of the surface step height measured along the localized shear band. The variation of the step height indicates the gradient of plastic shear deformation, and it can be understood, in principle, as the introduction of elastic singularities corresponding dislocations in the case of crystalline materials.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 539-543)

Main Theme:

Edited by:

T. Chandra, K. Tsuzaki, M. Militzer , C. Ravindran




T. Morikawa et al., "Localized Shear Deformation and Fracture in a Zr-Based Bulk Metallic Glass", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 539-543, pp. 2094-2099, 2007

Online since:

March 2007




[1] J.F. Loffler: Intermetallics, Vol. 11(2003), p.529.

[2] C.J. Gilbert, R.O. Ritchie and W.L. Johnson: Appl. Phys. Let., Vol. 71(1997), p.476.

[3] R.D. Conner, A.J. Rosakis, W.L. Johnson and D.M. Owen: Scr. Mater., Vol. 37(1997), p.1373.

[4] K.M. Flores and R.H. Dauskardt: Scr. Mater., Vol. 41(1999), p.937.

[5] I. -H. Lin and R. Thomson: Acta Metall., Vol. 34(1986), p.187.

[6] K. Higashida, N. Narita, K. Matsunaga, R. Onodera: Phys. Stat. Sol. (a), Vol. 149 (1995), p.429.

[7] K. Higashida and N. Narita: Mater. Trans., Vol. 42(2001), p.33.

[8] T.C. Hufnagel, P. El-Deiry and R.P. Vinci: Scr. Mater., Vol. 43(2000), p.1071.

[9] J.X. Li, G.B. Shan, K.W. Gao, L.J. Qiao and W.Y. Chu: Mater. Sci. Eng., Vol. A354(2003), p.337.

[10] M.F. Ashby: Phil. Mag., Vol. 21(1970), p.399.

[11] N.A. Fleck, G.M. Muller, M.F. Ashby and J.W. Hutchinson: Acta Met. Mater., Vol. 42(1994), p.475.

[12] T. Mukai, T.G. Nieh, Y. Kawamura, A. Inoue and K. Higashi: Scr. Mater., Vol. 46(2002), p.43.

[13] G. Subhash, R.J. Dowding and L.J. Kecskes: Mater. Sci. Eng., Vol. A334(2002), p.33.

[14] D. Suh and R.H. Dauskardt:J. Non-Crys. Sol., Vol. 317(2003), p.181.

[15] Z.F. Zhang, J. Eckert and L. Schultz: Acta Mater., Vol. 51(2003), p.1167.