Micro-machinability of bulk metallic glass in ultra-precision cutting

Xiao Chen, Junfeng Xiao, Yan Zhu, Ruiji Tian, Xuewen Shu, Jianfeng Xu*

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Mirco-machinability of Zr 55 Cu 30 Al 10 Ni 5 bulk metallic glass including surface integrity, cutting force, chip morphology, and tool wear was investigated by means of ultra-precision cutting with a diamond tool and a boron nitride tool. The results showed that the metallic glass only attained the lowest surface roughness of about R a 100 nm and was difficult to cut to achieve a mirror surface due to its viscous flow even using a depth of cut of 0.6 μm. An empirical metal micro-cutting force model was applicable for the bulk metallic glass only under the condition that the undeformed chip thickness was larger than the tool edge radius. The diamond tool showed a better wear resistance but a worse machined surface quality as compared to the PCBN tool. TEM observation and nanoindentation analysis indicated that nanocrystallization of the metallic glass and work softening were detected after the micro-machining. Besides, the generation of shear bands and its effect on the machinability of the bulk metallic glass were disscussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalMaterials and Design
Early online date21 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017


  • Bulk metallic glass
  • Machinability
  • Microstructure
  • Surface roughness
  • Ultra-precision cutting


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