Atomic structure of Zr41.2Ti13.8Cu12.5Ni10Be 22.5 bulk metallic glass alloy

X. Hui, H. Z. Fang, G. L. Chen, S. L. Shang, Y. Wang, J. Y. Qin, Z. K. Liu

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Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) calculations were performed on the atomic configuration of Zr41.2Ti13.8Cu12.5Ni10Be 22.5 bulk metallic glass. The local structures were characterized in terms of structure factors (SF), pair correlation functions (PCF), coordinate numbers, bond pairs and Voronoi polyhedra. The glass transition temperature, generalized PCF and SF predicated by AIMD are in good agreement with the experimental data. Icosahedral short-range orders (ISRO) are found to be the most dominant, in view of the presence of the majority of bond pairs with 1551, 1541 and 1431, and Voronoi polyhedra with <0,3,6,1>, <0,2,8,1>, <0,0,12,0> and <0,2,8,4>. Icosahedral medium range orders (IMROs) are formed from icosahedra via the linkage of vertex-, edge-, face- and intercross-shared atoms. The glass structure on the nanometer scale is accumulated by polyhedra through an efficient packing mode. It is suggested that the extraordinary glass-forming ability of this alloy is essentially attributable to the formation of ISRO and IMRO, and the dense packing of atoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-391
Number of pages16
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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