Atomistic Simulations of Amorphous Metals under Uniaxial Tension at Different Temperatures

Andrés A. Manelli, Franco Ardiani, Carlos J. Ruestes, Claudio A. Careglio, Eduardo M. Bringa


Amorphous metals, i.e. without defined crystal structure; are increasingly used in modern life, showing great potential as advanced engineering materials, due to some of its characteristic properties such as high hardness and moldability, high resilience, high mechanical strength and high wear resistance, among others. All these properties allow obtaining parts with complex shapes and high strength, which increases their chances for industrial application. However, many details of the mechanical behavior are still unknown, and the currently used models and theories are far from predictive.
One of the possibilities to determine constitutive parameters, and thus study the response of these materials, is by using atomistic calculations. In this poster we present results obtained with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of an amorphous metal (CuZr). In particular, constitutive parameters such as the elastic modulus, are determined for samples under uniaxial tension at different temperatures. The results obtained are relevant for understanding the mechanical behavior of the material, such as stress-strain and temperature-strain relationships. In our simulations it is possible to observe the nucleation and growth of a void due to high stress and strain rate values.

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