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Role of thermal expansion heterogeneity in the cryogenic rejuvenation of metallic glasses

Abstract : Cryogenic rejuvenation in metallic glasses reported in Ketov et al 's experiment (2015 Nature 524 200) has attracted much attention, both in experiments and numerical studies. The atomic mechanism of rejuvenation has been conjectured to be related to the heterogeneity of the glassy state, but the quantitative evidence is still elusive. Here we use molecular dynamics simulations of a model metallic glass to investigate the heterogeneity in the local thermal expansion. We then combine the resulting spatial distribution of thermal expansion with a continuum mechanics calculation to infer the internal stresses caused by a thermal cycle. Comparing the internal stress with the local yield stress, we prove that the heterogeneity in thermo mechanical response has the potential to trigger local shear transformations, and therefore to induce rejuvenation during a cryogenic thermal cycling.
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Baoshuang Shang, Pengfei Guan, Jean-Louis Barrat. Role of thermal expansion heterogeneity in the cryogenic rejuvenation of metallic glasses. Journal of Physics: Materials, IOP Science, 2018, 1 (1), pp.015001. ⟨10.1088/2515-7639/aad451⟩. ⟨hal-01988582⟩

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