Vickers and nanoindentations were carried out on an annealed Zr41Ti14Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5 bulk metallic glass (BMG), and the evolution of the shear bands in the annealed BMG was investigated and compared to that in the as-cast alloy. Results indicate that the plastic deformation in the BMG with the structure relaxation is accommodated by the semicircular (primary) and radial (secondary) as well as tertiary shear bands. Quantitatively, the shear band density in the annealed alloy was much lower than that in the as-cast alloy. The load-displacement curve of nanoindentation test for the annealed alloy exhibited a more flat serrated flow. The annihilation of free volume caused by the annealing was responsible for the embrittlement of the annealed sample.
Journal of Alloys and Compounds,
Vol. 475, no. 1-2 (May 2009), pp. 501-505