Bridging the local configurations and crystalline counterparts of bulk metallic glass by nanocalorimetry

TitleBridging the local configurations and crystalline counterparts of bulk metallic glass by nanocalorimetry
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsZhao, B, Yang, B, Rodríguez-Viejo, J, Wu, M, Schick, C, Zhai, Q, Gao, Y
JournalJournal of Materials Research and Technology
Pagination3603 - 3611
KeywordsCrystal growth, Metallic glass, nanocalorimetry, Nucleation, Quasicrystal

The structural understanding of crystallization in bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) has attracted much attention while rapid crystallization occurring under controllable conditions is less involved. In this study, a Ce68Al10Cu20Co2 (at.%) BMG was thermally devitrified by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and nanocalorimetry. At a heating rate of 10K/min by DSC, AlCe3 and Ce are the major crystalline phases after devitrification while Al13Co4 quasicrystals and Ce are the dominant phases in the crystallization products at a heating rate of 5000K/s by nanocalorimetry. Attributing to the covalent-like bond in Al–Co atom pairs, Al13Co4 quasicrystals precipitate in the primary crystallization and work as the precursors associating local atomic configurations in the glassy state with crystalline phases after crystallization. Attributing to the enhanced mobility of Cu atoms, compositional redistribution occurs in the as-cast sample. On nanocalorimetry heating, an unambiguous discrepancy in the nucleation and growth of the nano-sized Al13Co4 quasicrystals is thus triggered, contributing to an obvious difference in the crystal size. This research unveils the distinct crystallization behaviors of Ce-based BMG on rapid heating. The formation of quasicrystals demonstrates the multi-stage crystallization on rapid heating and bridges the structural gap between local atomic configurations of metallic glasses and crystalline phases.

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