Volume 83, Number 6, September 2008
Article Number 66006
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties
Published online 10 September 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 66006
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/66006

Fracture through cavitation in a metallic glass

E. Bouchaud1, D. Boivin2, J.-L. Pouchou2, D. Bonamy1, B. Poon3 and G. Ravichandran3

1   C.E.A.-Saclay, DSM/DRECAM/SPCSI - 91191 Gif-Sur-Yvette Cedex, France, EU
2   ONERA, DMMP - 29 Avenue de la Division Leclerc, 92322 Châtillon Cedex, France, EU
3   California Institute of Technology, Division of Engineering and Applied Science - Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

received 3 February 2008; accepted in final form 4 August 2008; published September 2008
published online 10 September 2008

The fracture surfaces of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass exhibit exotic multi-affine isotropic scaling properties. The study of the mismatch between the two facing fracture surfaces as a function of their distance shows that fracture occurs mostly through the growth and coalescence of damage cavities. The fractal nature of these damage cavities is shown to control the roughness of the fracture surfaces.

PACS - Fracture.
62.20.F- - Deformation and plasticity.

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