Structure and mechanical properties of bulk glass-forming Ni-Nb-Sn alloys

Haein Choi-Yim, Donghua Xu, Mary Laura Lind, Jörg F. Löffler, William L. Johnson

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Ternary alloys of composition Ni60Nb40-xSn x, with 3 ≤ x < 9, were found to form bulk metallic glasses. These alloys exhibit a high elastic modulus and measured compressive yield strength between 1.8 and 2.8 GPa. The measured yield strength of these ternary alloys depends strongly on their Sn content and is generally lower than the strength estimated from modulus and hardness. The tendency to phase separation suggested by small-angle neutron scattering experiments is used to account for the obvious discrepancy between the measured and the theoretical strengths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-190
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Composites
  • Mechanical properties
  • Metallic glasses
  • Phase separation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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