Local Atomic Arrangements of Pd-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses of the Metal-Metalloid Type Demonstrated by Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations based on a plastic crystal model (PCM) were performed for a Pd0.4Ni0.4P0.2 alloy in Metal-Metalloid (M-MLD) type of bulk metallic glass (BMG). Two kinds of clusters of cubeoctahedron capped with four half-octahedra and trigonal prism were used as initial atomic arrangements of the Pd0.4Ni0.4P0.2 alloy. Random rotations of clusters around their centers of gravity and subsequent structural relaxation vitrified the alloy. The high glass-forming ability of the Pd0.4Ni0.4P0.2 alloy is due to the critically-percolated, cluster-packed structure that is a universal feature for both M-MLD and M-M types of BMGs.
Jian-Feng Nie and Allan Morton
A. Takeuchi and A. Inoue, "Local Atomic Arrangements of Pd-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses of the Metal-Metalloid Type Demonstrated by Molecular Dynamics Simulations", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 654-656, pp. 1038-1041, 2010