Atomic size differences between constituting elements and the heat of mixing are key factors in designing a metallic glass system. In this study, the effects of atomic size differences and the heat of mixing on the glass-forming ability and the local structure of metallic glasses were studied via molecular dynamic simulations of an ideal system known as the Lennard-Jones embedded-atom method model. The atomic size difference and the heat of mixing of the system were varied by means of the Lennard-Jones parameters. The glass transition behavior was characterized based on the chemical short-range order and by a Voronoi analysis. Our simulations lead to optimized windows of atomic size differences and heat of mixing parameters for metallic glass-forming of the model system. Both a greater negative heat of mixing and a larger atomic size difference are necessary for the enhancement of the glass-forming ability.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry