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Title: Correlation between primary phases and atomic clusters in a Zr-based metallic glass
Authors: Liu, XJ
Chen, GL
Liu, CT
Keywords: Annealing
Atomic clusters
Crystal growth
Crystal symmetry
Metallic glasses
Metastable states
Nanostructured materials
Nickel alloys
Solid-state phase transformations
Titanium alloys
Transmission electron microscopy
X-ray scattering
Zirconium alloys
Issue Date: 15-Dec-2010
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Source: Journal of applied physics, 15 Dec. 2010, v. 108, no. 12, 123516, p. 1-5 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of applied physics 
Abstract: Atomic clusters exiting in the Zr₆₅Ti₁₀Ni ₂₅ metallic glass and primary phases generated during crystallization were studied by x-ray scattering and high-resolution transmission microscopy. An intrinsic correlation between the atomic clusters and the primary phases has been revealed. It is found that there are topological icosahedral short-range orders (ISROs) in the as-cast sample in addition to fcc-Zr₂Ni-type chemical SROs. These topological ISRO and fcc-Zr₂Ni-type chemical SRO can simultaneously quasicrystallize/crystallize into the corresponding nanoscaled icosahedral quasicrystalline phase (I-phase) and fcc-Zr₂Ni crystal as primary products during crystallization. The synchronic precipitation of these two metastable phases can be understood in terms of their structural similarity between the fcc-Zr₂Ni and I-phase in local atomic configuration. In comparison with fcc-Zr₂Ni crystal, the I-phase has a smaller size and lower volume fraction due to its lower growth rate attributed to its more complex composition and higher structural symmetry. The competitive growth between these two phases results in the development of nanostructured materials in this alloy after annealing.
ISSN: 0021-8979 (print)
1089-7550 (online)
DOI: 10.1063/1.3525985
Rights: © 2010 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in X. J. Liu, G. L. Chen & C. T. Liu, J. Appl. Phys. 108, 123516 (2010) and may be found at
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