Relaxation Behavior of Zr-Cu-Al Ternary Bulk Glassy Alloy Studied by Using Positron Annihilation Techniques
Zr-based bulk glassy (BG) alloys show high tensile strength and a high Charpy impact value. In this study, the free volume changes for the hypoeutectic Zr60Cu30Al10 BG alloy during isothermal annealing below glass transition temperature (Tg) have been investigated by positron annihilation lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) measurements. The positron lifetime of hypoeutectic and eutectic BG alloys is almost the same, although the atomic volume ratio, estimated by the density for the eutectic BG alloy is different from that for the hypoeutectic BG alloy. The CDB spectra show a marked difference between eutectic and hypoeutectic BG alloys; that is, the spectrum of the hypoeutectic BG alloy is closes to that of Zr metal than that of the eutectic BG alloy. This result exhibits that the elemental fraction of Zr atoms around free volume in hypoeutectic BG alloy is greater than that in eutectic BG alloy. The CDB ratio profiles for the hypoeutectic BG alloy during annealing shows no appreciable change. The same trend was observed in the eutectic BG alloy.
Jian-Feng Nie and Allan Morton
A. Ishii et al., "Relaxation Behavior of Zr-Cu-Al Ternary Bulk Glassy Alloy Studied by Using Positron Annihilation Techniques", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 654-656, pp. 1070-1073, 2010