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Ductile phase reinforced bulk metallic glass composites formed by chemical partitioning


Kim, Choongnyun Paul (2001) Ductile phase reinforced bulk metallic glass composites formed by chemical partitioning. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/fe9w-sc46.


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A new class of ductile metal reinforced bulk metallic glass matrix composite material has been prepared that demonstrates improved mechanical properties. This newly designed material exhibits both improved toughness and large plastic strain to failure. Primary dendrite growth accompanied by solute partitioning in the molten state yields an equilibrium microstructure consisting of a ductile crystalline Ti-Zr-Nb [beta] phase, with the bcc-structure, in a Zr-Ti-Nb-Cu-Ni-Be bulk metallic glass matrix processed via in situ processing. Under mechanical loading, the microstructure imposes constraints on the glassy matrix that leads to the generation of highly organized shear band patterns throughout the sample. This results in a dramatic increase in the plastic strain to failure, impact resistance, and toughness of the metallic glass. This thesis shows how microstructural inhomogeneity can be used to control the initiation and propagation of localized shear bands in metallic glasses under a variety of unconstrained loading conditions. A series of mechanical property tests were conducted on composite materials. These include quasi-static tensile and compression tests, Charpy impact, and three point bend tests on specimens prepared according to ASTM standards. Also, in situ straining transmission electron microscopy (TEM) experiments were performed to study the propagation of the shear bands in the bulk metallic glass based composite.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Materials Science
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Johnson, William Lewis
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:25 May 2001
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-06022005-144138
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ID Code:2389
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Deposited On:02 Jun 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2021 22:34

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