Composition design and properties of Cu–Zr–Ti bulk metallic glass composites

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  • (Cu50Zr50)x(Cu73Ti27)100-x (x = 0.63–0.75 at.%) alloys are designed using the proportional mixing of Cu50Zr50 and Cu73Ti27 binary alloys. Their thermal, mechanical and corrosive properties as well as the glass forming ability (GFA) are systematically investigated. The results show that the studied Cu-based glass forming alloys are bulk metallic glass composites (BMGCs) with off-eutectic compositions and display work-hardening behavior. The glass transition temperature and the reduced glass transition temperature increase and then decrease with increasing x when x ≥ 0.74 at%, while on the contrary for the critical cooling rate and supercooled liquid region. Both yield strength and fracture strength firstly increase and then decrease with decreasing x when x ≤ 0.71 at%. The plastic strain of (Cu50Zr50)0.75(Cu73Ti27)0.25 BMGC is the largest among the studied Cu-based BMGCs. Potentiodynamic polarization measurements show that all studied BMGCs exhibit a step-like anodic polarization behavior, indicating two competitive procedures of pitting corrosion and self-passivization. The corrosion behavior gradually transforms from predominant self-passivization to the pitting corrosion with decreasing x. Both corrosion current density and onset passive current density of (Cu50Zr50)0.75(Cu73Ti27)0.25 BMGCs are two orders of magnitude lower than those of the other Cu-based BMGCs. The mechanisms for the GFA and the corrosion are also discussed. The present work would shed light on how to design and develop BMGCs with superior comprehensive performances.
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  • Feng Y; Cai AH; Ding DW; Liu Y; Wu H; An Q; Ning H; Zhou GJ; Peng YY
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  • 452
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  • 459
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  • 232