Formation of crystalline phase in the glass matrix of Zr-Co-Al glass-matrix composites and its effect on their mechanical properties

Woo Chul Kim, Kang Chul Kim, Min Young Na, Seok Hoan Jeong, Won Tae Kim, Do Hyang Kim

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The microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of Zr-Co-Al alloys, with compositions of (Zr50Co50)x (Zr56Co26Al18)1-x (x = 1/6, 2/6, 3/6, 4/6, 5/6, 1) and Zr54Co35Al11, (referred to as Z1, Z2, Z3, Z4, Z5, Z6, and Z4.5), were investigated. Alloys Z1-Z3 consisted of crystalline phases, while alloys Z4 and Z4.5 consisted of crystalline phase particles (~3 vol% and ~35 vol%, respectively) embedded within the glassy matrix. Alloys Z5 and Z6 consisted of a monolithic glass phase. The crystalline phase of alloys Z1-Z4.5 consisted of primary B2-ZrCo dendrite and an interdendritic B2-ZrCo/Zr6CoAl2 eutectic phase. The B2-ZrCo dendritic phase exhibited a high work-hardening rate, which originated from the deformation-induced B2-to-B33 martensitic transformation. However, when the brittle interdendritic B2-ZrCo/Zr6CoAl2 eutectic phase fraction increased, the work-hardening rate significantly decreased. The ductility of the glass-matrix composites was significantly impaired by the presence of the interdendritic eutectic phase in the crystalline phase. The results indicate that the design of the crystalline particle microstructure is important with regard to enhancing the plasticity of glass-matrix composites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1216-1222
Number of pages7
JournalMetals and Materials International
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 1

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (2016R1A2B2013838).

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© 2017, The Korean Institute of Metals and Materials and Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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