Anisotropic correlations of plasticity on the yielding of metallic glasses

SH Cui and HS Liu and HL Peng, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 106, 014607 (2022).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.106.014607

We report computer simulations on the shear deformation of CuZr metallic glasses at zero and room temperatures. Shear bands emerge in athermal alloys at strain gamma c, with a finite-size effect found. The correlationof nonaffine displacement exhibits an exponential decay even after yielding in thermal alloys, but transits to a power law at gamma>gamma cin athermal ones. The algebraic exponent is around-1 for the decay inside shear bands,consistent with the theoretical prediction in random elastic media. We quantify the anisotropic correlation withharmonic projection, finding the spectrum is weak in the exponential-decay regime, while it displays a strongpolar and quadrupolar symmetry in the power-law regime. The nonvanishing quadrupolar symmetry at longdistance signifies the nonlocality of plastic correlation in the athermal alloys. In contrast, the plastic correlationwas found to be isotropic and localized at the yielding in the thermal alloys without shear bands.

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