Shock compression of CuxZr100-x metallic glasses from molecular dynamics simulations

Peng Wen, Brian Demaske, Douglas E. Spearot and Simon R. Phillpot

Journal of Materials Science 53, 5719-5732 (2018)

The shock response of CuxZr100-x (x = 30, 50 and 70) metallic glasses (MGs) is characterized using large-scale molecular dynamics simulations. A wide range of piston velocities Up = 0.125–2.5 km/s are simulated corresponding to shock pressures from 3 to 130 GPa. Independent of composition, the metallic glasses exhibit the following shock wave propagation regimes: (1) single elastic shock wave for Up\0.25 km/s, (2) split elastic and plastic shock waves for 0.25\Up\0.75 km/s and (3) overdriven plastic shock wave with a narrow elastic precursor for Up[0.75 km/s. Within the split wave and overdriven regimes, the amplitude of the elastic precursor increases with increasing shock intensity, thereby indicating a pressure-dependent yield criterion. Hugoniot states are strongly dependent on the Cu content of the MG with Cu70Zr30 exhibiting a much higher resistance to plastic deformation than either Cu50Zr50 or Cu30Zr70.