Nanoporous metallic glasses with tailored design
Nanoporous metallic glasses are heterostructure which also show enhanced ductility. Pores are soft heterogeneities which introduce strain concentrations and act as initiation sites for shear bands resulting in the formation of a highly organized pattern of multiple shear bands . We investigated the mechanical properties of nanoporous heterostructures by means of two different approaches using atomistic and continuum modeling: molecular dynamics and finite element simulations, respectively . By tailoring the pore architecture the deformation behaviour can be systematically tuned. Depending on the pore distribution in the heterostructure, the deformation mechanism can vary from a fracture-like deformation mode to localized deformation in one dominant shear band, and ultimately to homogeneous plastic flow mediated by a pattern of multiple shear bands.
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