Modelling and simulation of disordered materials
Bulk metallic glasses have gained a great deal of interest due to advantageous mechanical properties, such as high yield strength and a large elastic limit. Despite the great potential of metallic glasses to be used as structural materials the inverse strength-ductility-functionality problem, namely, materials either have high strength but lack ductility (i.e. are brittle and hard to form) or they are highly ductile but lack strength, significantly limits the application of these materials. However, the plasticity of bulk metallic glasses can be improved if heterogeneities are introduced into their structure.