Effect of spatial heterogeneity on level of rejuvenation in Ni80P20 metallic glass

TC Chen and MKM Nasution and AH Jabbar and SJ Shoja and WA Siswanto and SH Pranoto and D Bokov and R Magizov and YF Mustafa and A Surendar and R Zalilov and A Sviderskiy and A Vorobeva and D Vorobyev and A Alkhayyat, CHINESE PHYSICS B, 31, 096401 (2022).

DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ac615e

Understanding the relation between spatial heterogeneity and structural rejuvenation is one of the hottest topics in the field of metallic glasses (MGs). In this work, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation is implemented to discover the effects of initial spatial heterogeneity on the level of rejuvenation in the Ni(80)P(20)MGs. For this purpose, the samples are prepared with cooling rates of 10(10) K/s-10(12) K/s to make glassy alloys with different atomic configurations. Firstly, it is found that the increase in the cooling rate leads the Gaussian-type shear modulus distribution to widen, indicating the aggregations in both elastically soft and hard regions. After the primary evaluations, the elastostatic loading is also used to transform structural rejuvenation into the atomic configurations. The results indicate that the sample with intermediate structural heterogeneity prepared with 10(11) K/s exhibits the maximum structural rejuvenation which is due to the fact that the atomic configuration in an intermediate structure contains more potential sites for generating the maximum atomic rearrangement and loosely packed regions under an external excitation. The features of atomic rearrangement and structural changes under the rejuvenation process are discussed in detail.

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