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Phys Rev Lett. 2012 Dec 14;109(24):245506. Epub 2012 Dec 14.

Ductilizing bulk metallic glass composite by tailoring stacking fault energy.

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  • 1State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China.


Martensitic transformation was successfully introduced to bulk metallic glasses as the reinforcement micromechanism. In this Letter, it was found that the twinning property of the reinforcing crystals can be dramatically improved by reducing the stacking fault energy through microalloying, which effectively alters the electron charge density redistribution on the slipping plane. The enhanced twinning propensity promotes the martensitic transformation of the reinforcing austenite and, consequently, improves plastic stability and the macroscopic tensile ductility. In addition, a general rule to identify effective microalloying elements based on their electronegativity and atomic size was proposed.

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