Shear-accelerated crystallization in a supercooled atomic liquid

Zhen Shao, Jonathan P. Singer, Yanhui Liu, Ze Liu, Huiping Li, Manesh Gopinadhan, Corey S. O'Hern, Jan Schroers, Chinedum O. Osuji

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Abstract

A bulk metallic glass forming alloy is subjected to shear flow in its supercooled state by compression of a short rod to produce a flat disk. The resulting material exhibits enhanced crystallization kinetics during isothermal annealing as reflected in the decrease of the crystallization time relative to the nondeformed case. The transition from quiescent to shear-accelerated crystallization is linked to strain accumulated during shear flow above a critical shear rate γc≈0.3 s-1 which corresponds to Péclet number, Pe∼O(1). The observation of shear-accelerated crystallization in an atomic system at modest shear rates is uncommon. It is made possible here by the substantial viscosity of the supercooled liquid which increases strongly with temperature in the approach to the glass transition. We may therefore anticipate the encounter of nontrivial shear-related effects during thermoplastic deformation of similar systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number020301
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume91
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 18 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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