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The fracture toughness of bulk metallic glasses

Xu, J and Ramamurty, U and Ma, E (2010) The fracture toughness of bulk metallic glasses. In: Journal of the Minerals Metals & Materials Society (JOM), 62 (4). pp. 10-18.

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Stiffness, strength, and toughness are the three primary attributes of a material, in terms of its mechanical properties. Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) are known to exhibit elastic moduli at a fraction lower than crystalline alloys and have extraordinary strength. However, the reported values of fracture toughness of BMGs are highly variable; some BMGs such as the Zr-based ones have toughness values that are comparable to some high strength steels and titanium alloys, whereas there are also BMGs that are almost as brittle as silicate glasses. Invariably, monolithic BMGs exhibit no or low crack growth resistance and tend to become brittle upon structural relaxation. Despite its critical importance for the use of BMGs as structural materials, the fracture toughness of BMGs is relatively poorly understood. In this paper, we review the available literature to summarize the current understanding of the mechanics and micromechanisms of BMG toughness and highlight the needs for future research in this important area.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of the Minerals Metals & Materials Society (JOM)
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2010 06:38
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 06:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/29132

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