Characteristic of improved fatigue performance for Zr-based bulk metallic glass matrix composites

J. W. Qiao*, E-Wen Huang, G. Y. Wang, H. J. Yang, W. Liang, Y. Zhang, P. K. Liaw

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Zr58.5Ti14.3Nb5.2Cu6.1Ni4.9Be11.0 bulk metallic glass matrix composites exhibit improved four-point-bending fatigue endurance with a fatigue limit of 567MPa, compared to that under the tension-tension fatigue, due to the high-volume-fractioned dendrites, which can effectively blunt the fatigue-induced cracks. Illuminated by high-energy synchrotron X-ray at 200 and 100K, the corresponding diffraction peaks, such as (110), (200), and (211) shift rightward to small lattice spacings, compared to those at 298K. However, the peak widths at 100K and 200K are almost identical to that of room temperature. Since an identical fatigue specimen was measured under room temperature, 200K, and 100K, the invariant of the peak widths reveal the fact of the irreversible microstructure developments induced by fatigue. Even if the fatigue fracture stress is distinguishingly lower than the yielding strength, the deformation of dendrites locally prevails, evidenced by the occurrence of dislocations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2013


  • Bulk amorphous alloy
  • Composite
  • Fatigue
  • Synchrotron X-ray diffraction

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