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Title: Coupled thermo-mechanical modelling of bulk-metallic glasses: Theory, finite-element simulations and experimental verification
Authors: Thamburaja, P. 
Ekambaram, R.
Keywords: Constitutive behavior
Finite elements
Finite strain
Glass material
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Citation: Thamburaja, P., Ekambaram, R. (2007-06). Coupled thermo-mechanical modelling of bulk-metallic glasses: Theory, finite-element simulations and experimental verification. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 55 (6) : 1236-1273. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A three-dimensional, finite-deformation-based constitutive model to describe the behavior of metallic glasses in the supercooled liquid region has been developed. By formulating the theory using the principles of thermodynamics and the concept of micro-force balance [Gurtin, M., 2000. On the plasticity of single crystals: free energy, microforces, plastic-strain gradients. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 48, 989-1036], a kinetic equation for the free volume concentration is derived by augmenting the Helmholtz free energy used for a conventional metallic alloy with a flow-defect free energy which depends on the free volume concentration and its spatial gradient. The developed constitutive model has also been implemented in the commercially available finite-element program ABAQUS/Explicit (2005) by writing a user-material subroutine. The constitutive parameters/functions in the model were calibrated by fitting the constitutive model to the experimental simple compression stress-strain curves conducted under a variety of strain-rates at a temperature in the supercooled liquid region [Lu, J., Ravichandran, G., Johnson, W., 2003. Deformation behavior of the Zr-Ti-Cu-Ni-Be bulk metallic glass over a wide range of strain-rates and temperatures. Acta Mater. 51, 3429-3443]. With the model calibrated, the constitutive model was able to reproduce the simple compression stress-strain curves for jump-in-strain-rate experiments to good accuracy. Furthermore stress-strain responses for simple compression experiments conducted at different ambient temperatures within the supercooled liquid region were also accurately reproduced by the constitutive model. Finally, shear localization studies also show that the constitutive model can reasonably well predict the orientation of shear bands for compression experiments conducted at temperatures within the supercooled liquid region [Wang, G., Shen, J., Sun, J., Lu, Z., Stachurski, Z., Zhou, B., 2005. Compressive fracture characteristics of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass at high test temperatures. Mater. Sci. Eng. A 398, 82-87]. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
ISSN: 00225096
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2006.11.008
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