A Highly Fatigue-Resistant Zr-Based Bulk Metallic Glass

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  • The strength-normalized fatigue endurance strength of the bulk metallic glass (BMG) Zr₅₂.₅Cu₁₇.₉Ni₁₄.₆Al₁₀Ti₅ (Vitreloy 105) has been reported to be the highest for any BMG; however, to date, there has been no explanation of why this material is so much better than other Zr-based compositions. In this study, the fatigue-crack growth behavior of Zr₅₂.₅Cu₁₇.₉Ni₁₄.₆Al₁₀Ti₅ was compared in ambient air vs dry nitrogen environment. The excellent fatigue life behavior is attributed to a relatively high fatigue threshold (𝚫Kₜₕ ≈ 2 MPa√m) and a lack of sensitivity to environmental effects on fatigue-crack growth in ambient air, as compared to other Zr-based BMGs. Fatigue life experiments conducted in ambient air confirmed the excellent fatigue life properties with a 10⁷-cycle endurance strength of ~0.24 of the ultimate tensile strength; however, it was also found that casting porosity, even in limited amounts, could reduce this endurance strength by as much as ~60 pct. Overall, the BMG Zr₅₂.₅Cu₁₇.₉Ni₁₄.₆Al₁₀Ti₅ appears to have excellent strength and fatigue properties and should be considered as a prime candidate material for future applications where good mechanical fatigue resistance is required.
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  • Naleway, S. E., Greene, R. B., Gludovatz, B., Dave, N. K., Ritchie, R. O., & Kruzic, J. J. (2013). A Highly Fatigue-Resistant Zr-Based Bulk Metallic Glass. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 44A(13), 5688-5693. doi:10.1007/s11661-013-1923-4
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  • 44A
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  • Director, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231, Arthur E. Hitsman Faculty Scholarship
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