Combined in-situ SAXS/WAXS and HRTEM study on crystallization of (Cu 60Co40)1-xZrx metallic glasses

B. Schwarz, U. Vainio, N. Mattern, S. W. Sohn, S. Oswald, D. H. Kim, J. Eckert

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CuZr as well as CoZr are well known metallic glass-formers in a wide compositional range. Since the binary Cu-Co system exhibits a metastable liquid-liquid miscibility gap, i.e. Cu and Co tend to separate from each other, the ternary Cu-Co-Zr system is a promising candidate to form phase separated glass-glass composites. In this work (Cu60Co40) 1 - xZrx metallic glasses with relatively low Zr contents of x = 37 and x = 32 were prepared by melt spinning and investigated by in-situ small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Certain heat treated samples were additionally investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Even for x = 32 there are no indications for any kind of phase separation in the as-quenched state within experimental resolution, i.e. the critical temperature Tc for a liquid-liquid phase separation has already decreased from 1556 K for binary Cu60Co40 to a temperature below the glass transition temperature Tg = 762(5)K found for (Cu 60Co40)68Zr32. Combined in-situ SAXS/WAXS and HRTEM investigations reveal that thermal annealing also does not induce an amorphous-amorphous phase separation. Instead the formation of nano crystallites of a so far unknown Cu-rich/Zr-poor phase with relatively low activation energy for crystallization Ea = 116(7) kJ/mol at temperatures far below the crystallization temperature deduced from DSC measurements is observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1538-1546
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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