Mechanical properties of heterogeneous metallic glasses: Insights from brick-and-mortar designs

Y Chen and JC Zhang and PS Branicio and ZD Sha, THIN-WALLED STRUCTURES, 193, 111298 (2023).

DOI: 10.1016/j.tws.2023.111298

The brick-and-mortar architectural paradigm is commonly applied in structural design to achieve an exceptional combination of strength and plasticity due to its highly tunable mechanical attributes. This study applies molecular dynamics simulations of tensile loading to investigate the mechanical properties and failure mechanisms of brick-and-mortar metallic glasses (BMMGs). The focus is primarily on the implications of the aspect ratio of the bricks and interlayer thickness on the strength, plasticity, and deformation mechanisms. Results indicate that the failure mode is typified by multiple shear bands localized within the softer mortar regions, creating a staggered network under smaller aspect ratios that significantly enhances plastic deformation. However, a transition to a single dominant SB occurs when the aspect ratio exceeds 4.1. In addition, results indicate that a concurrent improvement in strength and plasticity can be achieved by modulating the distance between brick layers in BMMGs. This enhancement originates from the extensive generation and interaction of shear transformation zones. This study highlights that a desirable balance between strength and plasticity can be obtained in BMMGs with appropriate brick aspect ratios and interlayer thicknesses, providing a potential design strategy for the advancement of novel metallic glasses with superior properties.

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