Comparative studies of crystallization of a bulk Zr-Al-Ti-Cu-Ni amorphous alloy

T. G. Nieh*, C. Iwamoto, Y. Ikuhara, K. W. Lee, Y. W. Chung

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The recrystallization and associated nanoindentation behavior of a Zr-10Al-5Ti-17.9Cu-14.6Ni (at.%) bulk amorphous alloy was investigated using in situ transmission electron microscopy and high-temperature nanoindentation. The onset of recrystallization occurs around 710 K, with the formation of Zr 2Cu, Al3Zr4, and Ni10Zr7. Nanoindentation hardness and elastic modulus were obtained as a function of temperature from 298 to 723 K. The hardness was measured to be ∼7.5 GPa and found unchanged at temperatures below 673 K, but softened rapidly and decreased to 5 GPa at 723 K. These results can be correlated very well with the onset of recrystallization of this alloy at ∼700 K. The present study demonstrates that transmission electron microscopy, hot-stage nanoindentation, and X-ray diffraction are supplementary techniques for the study of glass relaxation and crystallization of metallic glasses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1183-1189
Number of pages7
Issue number10-11 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Oct 2004


  • B. Glasses, metallic
  • B. Mechanical properties at high temperatures
  • B. Phase identification
  • C. Recrystallization and recovery (including grain growth)
  • F. Electron microscopy, transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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