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The study of structure and glass forming ability of Zr-based amorphous alloy

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Purpose: This paper tends to present the structure and thermal analysis of selected Zr-based amorphous alloy for welding processes. Design/methodology/approach: The studies were performed on Zr-Cu-Ni-Al system alloy in form of plate. The structure analysis of the studied materials in as-cast state was carried out using XRD method. The thermal properties of the as-cast alloy were examined by DSC and DTA methods. The parameters of GFA included Trg, ΔTx, α, β, γ, δ and S were calculated. Findings: The Zr-based amorphous alloy in form of plate with good GFA was produced by die pressure casting method. The investigation methods revealed that the studied as-cast alloy was amorphous. Although, there is probability of crystallites existence which could not be detected by XRD method. The literature study and calculated GFA parameters indicated that the Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10 alloy exhibits good GFA and thermal stability. It is confirmed that these parameters could be used to determine GFA of tested amorphous alloy for welding processes. This Zr-based BMG could be used as tested material for laser welding process. Research limitations/implications: It is very difficult to obtain a Zr-based BMG with large sizes. Usually, the difficulties of the production of zirconium amorphous alloy are connected with the fact that the constituent elements of the analyzed materials have a high chemical affinity for oxygen, and have different melting points. For this reason, the process of producing BMG in zirconium matrix require the using of additional technology to provide specific conditions for the melting and casting. Practical implications: These obtained values of GFA parameters can suggest that studied alloys are suitable materials for further practical application at welding process. Originality/value: The success formation and investigation of the casted Zr-based BMG. The chemical composition of Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10 alloy was tested first time in our laboratory.
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  • Institute of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials, Silesian University of Technology, ul. Konarskiego 18a, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
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