Gold based bulk metallic glass

Schroers, Jan; Lohwongwatana, Boonrat; Johnson, William L.; Peker, Atakan
August 2005
Applied Physics Letters;8/8/2005, Vol. 87 Issue 6, p061912
Academic Journal
Gold-based bulk metallic glass alloys based on Au–Cu–Si are introduced. The alloys exhibit a gold content comparable to 18-karat gold. They show very low liquidus temperature, large supercooled liquid region, and good processibility. The maximum casting thickness exceeds 5 mm in the best glassformer. Au49Ag5.5Pd2.3Cu26.9Si16.3 has a liquidus temperature of 644 K, a glass transition temperature of 401 K, and a supercooled liquid region of 58 K. The Vickers hardness of the alloys in this system is ∼350 Hv, twice that of conventional 18-karat crystalline gold alloys. This combination of properties makes the alloys attractive for many applications including electronic, medical, dental, surface coating, and jewelry.


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