The atomic structural behavior of amorphous pure Ni under hydrostatic pressures has been investigated through a molecular dynamics simulation study based on a semi-empirical interatomic potential (MEAM). It was observed that the amorphous material crystallizes under hydrostatic compressive pressure but forms nanovoids under hydrostatic tensile pressure at room temperature. These results could be explained by the volume change effect on the nucleation energy barrier during crystallization. Consistent with this explanation, stress induced increase in the energy level (decrease of energy barrier) is proposed as the main reason for the mechanically driven nanocrystallization of amorphous materials.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Metals and Materials International|
|Publication status||Published - 2004 Oct 1|
- Amorphous materials
- Molecular dynamics
- Stress-induced crystallization
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