Internal friction (IF) describes the ability of materials to damp out mechanical oscillations. It is a crucial engineering parameter and also conveys unique microscopic information about structural defects, transport phenomena, and phase transformations in solids. While IF predominately results from lattice defects in crystalline materials, the origin of IF remains unclear in disordered materials, like metallic glasses. In this paper, we study the atomic rearrangements that govern IF in a model metallic glass, via numerical simulations of dynamical mechanical spectroscopy together with structural analysis. We identify cooperative and avalanchelike thermal-driven excitations as an underlying mechanism and demonstrate a linearlike relation between the concentrations of these excitations and the values of IF. Structurally, these excitations can be hindered, and thus suppress IF, by slow atoms that usually associate with full icosahedral symmetry. Our results also provide practical guides in tuning IF in metallic glasses from atomistic perspectives.
Physical Review B
- Pub Date:
- October 2014
- Anelasticity internal friction stress relaxation and mechanical resonances;
- Metallic glasses;
- Structural modeling: serial-addition models computer simulation