High strain rate in situ micropillar compression of a Zr-based metallic glass

Ramachandramoorthy, Rajaprakash; Yang, Fan; Casari, Daniele; Stolpe, Moritz; Jain, Manish; Schwiedrzik, Jakob; Michler, Johann; Kruzic, Jamie J.; Best, James P.

Journal of Materials Research 36 (2021)

Abstract: High strain rate micromechanical testing can assist researchers in elucidating complex deformation mechanisms in advanced material systems. In this work, the interactions of atomic-scale chemistry and strain rate in affecting the deformation response of a Zr-based metallic glass was studied by varying the concentration of oxygen dissolved into the local structure. Compression of micropillars over six decades of strain rate uncovered a remarkable reversal of the strain rate sensitivity from negative to positive above ~ 5 s−1 due to a delocalisation of shear transformation events within the pre-yield linear regime for both samples, while a higher oxygen content was found to generally decrease the strain rate sensitivity effect. It was also identified that the shear band propagation speed increases with the actuation speed, leading to a transition in the deformation behaviour from serrated to apparent non-serrated plastic flow at ~ 5 s−1. Graphic abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]