Advanced Materials

Compressive Behavior of a Zr-Based Metallic Glass at Cryogenic Temperatures


  • This study was supported by the National Science Foundation International Materials Institutes (IMI) program under the grant #DMR-0 231 320 with Dr. C. Huber as the program director.


Cold compression: The compressive behavior of the as-cast fully amorphous Zr57.4Cu17.9Ni13.4Al10.3Nb1 alloy has been conducted at room temperature (298 K) and at liquid-nitrogen temperature (77 K). It is found that at cryogenic temperatures, at the same strain rate, the strength of the material increases remarkably without any loss of ductility (see figure).

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