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Enthalpy Relaxation Kinetics of the Zr58.5Cu15.6Ni12.8Al10.3Nb2.8 Supercooled Liquid Close to the Glass Transition

  • Minalben B. Shah (a1) and Ralf Busch (a1)

Isothermal relaxation studies of the Zr58.5Cu15.6Ni12.8Al10.3Nb2.8 bulk metallic glass forming alloy were performed using Differential Scanning Calorimetry in the glass transition and the supercooled liquid region. A new experimental method was developed to study the isothermal enthalpy relaxation kinetics. The results reveal that the enthalpy relaxes in an Arrhenius fashion. The activation energy obtained from the Arrhenius fit is comparable to the activation energy required for the diffusion of the medium size atoms. This suggests that the solid-state diffusion governs the enthalpy relaxation process. The stretching exponents for the relaxation are close to unity, which indicates that the alloy is a rather strong glass former.

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