Amorphous Mg-based metal foams with ductile hollow spheres

A. H. Brothers, D. C. Dunand*, Q. Zheng, J. Xu

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To date, high compressive ductility and energy absorption have been achieved in amorphous metal foams based on high-toughness Pd- and Zr-based metallic glasses and are known to result from two extrinsic toughening mechanisms: bending of struts and shear band arrest by pores. We study here a syntactic amorphous metallic foam produced by infiltration of a bed of hollow crystalline iron spheres with a low-toughness Mg-based metallic glass (Mg60 Cu21 Ag7 Gd12). After quenching to vitrify the matrix, this foam exhibits much higher compressive failure strain and energy absorption than the monolithic metallic glass, an improvement which is assigned to an intrinsic mechanism, i.e., composite toughening by the network of hollow ductile iron spheres.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number023508
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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