Correlation between the topologically close-packed structure and the deformation behavior of metallic Cu64.5Zr35.5

LL Zhou and ZA Tian and YC Liang and YF Mo and CJ Wang and FZ Li, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 23, 25933-25943 (2021).

DOI: 10.1039/d1cp03758g

The topologically close-packed (TCP) structural characteristics in a model metallic glass (MG) of Cu64.5Zr35.5 have been investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. A group of structural indicators based on the largest standard cluster (LaSC) have been correlated with the non-affine displacement (D-2) of atoms, so as to reveal the hidden correlation between local structures and deformation behavior of Cu64.5Zr35.5 during compression. It was found that the 15 types of Top-10 LaSCs are all TCP-like ones, among which the most numerous icosahedron (Z12 and 1-Z12) decreases in population sharply and moderately during respectively the elastic and yield region of compression; while in the fluid-flow region, the number of all Top-10 LaSCs tends to be almost constant. Low-D-2 atoms prefer to link with each other; while medium-D-2 atoms act as transition structures between backbone areas and deformation areas. Most interestingly, the deformation response of TCP-like atoms is not only determined by its nearest neighbor characteristics, but also depends on the linkage with other atoms. In addition, icosahedral atoms with a higher degree of medium range five-fold symmetry (MRFFS) are more resistant to the stress-induced deformation. Therefore, the TCP characteristics, including its nearest neighbor feature and the inter-connection between TCP LaSCs, are closely related with the deformation behavior of atoms, especially the MRFFS (up to 5 layers) of icosahedral atoms. These findings shed new light on the understanding of the relationship between microstructure and deformation response of MGs, which will promote the development of deformation theory of MGs.

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