High-throughput investigations of configurational-transformation-dominated serrations in CuZr/Cu nanolaminates

William Yi Wang, Bin Gan, Deye Lin, Jun Wang, Yiguang Wang, Bin Tang, Hongchao Kou, Shunli Shang, Yi Wang, Xingyu Gao, Haifeng Song, Xidong Hui, Laszlo J. Kecskes, Zhenhai Xia, Karin A. Dahmen, Peter K. Liaw, Jinshan Li, Zi Kui Liu

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Metallic amorphous/crystalline (A/C) nanolaminates exhibit excellent ductility while retaining their high strength. However, the underlying physical mechanisms and the resultant structural changes during plastic deformation still remain unclear. In the present work, the structure-property relationship of CuZr/Cu A/C nanolaminates is established through integrated high-throughput micro-compression tests and molecular dynamics simulations together with high-resolution transmission electron microcopy. The serrated flow of nanolaminates results from the formation of hexagonal-close-packed (HCP)-type stacking faults and twins inside the face-centered-cubic (FCC) Cu nano-grains, the body-centered-cubic (BCC)-type ordering at their grain boundaries, and the crystallization of the amorphous CuZr layers. The serration behavior of CuZr/Cu A/C nanolaminates is determined by several factors, including the formation of dense dislocation networks from the multiplication of initial dislocations that formed after yielding, weak-spots-related configurational-transitions and shear-transition-zone activities, and deformation-induced devitrification. The present work provides an insight into the heterogeneous deformation mechanism of A/C nanolaminates at the atomic scale, and mechanistic base for the microstructural design of self-toughening metallic-glass (MG)-based composites and A/C nanolaminates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-199
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Science and Technology
StatePublished - Sep 15 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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