The effect of oscillatory shear deformation on the fatigue life, yielding transition, and flow localization in metallic glasses is investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. We study a well-annealed Cu-Zr amorphous alloy subjected to periodic shear at room temperature. We find that upon loading for hundreds of cycles at strain amplitudes just below a critical value, the potential energy at zero strain remains nearly constant and plastic events are highly localized. By contrast, at strain amplitudes above the critical point, the plastic deformation is gradually accumulated upon continued loading until the yielding transition and the formation of a shear band across the entire system. Interestingly, when the strain amplitude approaches the critical value from above, the number of cycles to failure increases as a power-law function, which is consistent with the previous results on binary Lennard-Jones glasses.
(2023). Fatigue Behavior of Cu-Zr Metallic Glasses Under Cyclic Loading. Metals, 13 (9), 1606.