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Structure and magnetic properties of Fe36Co36B19Si5Nb4 bulk metallic glasses

Author(s): R. Nowosielski | R. Babilas

Journal: Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
ISSN 1734-8412

Volume: 30;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 135;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Amorphous materials | Bulk metallic glasses | Soft magnetic properties | Thermal properties

Purpose: The work presents a microstructure characterization, thermal stability and soft magnetic properties analysis of Fe-based bulk metallic glasses.Design/methodology/approach: The studies were performed on bulk amorphous ribbons and rods. The amorphous structure of tested materials was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods. The thermal properties associated with crystallization temperature of the glassy samples were measured using differential thermal analysis (DTA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The magnetic properties were determined by the Maxwell-Wien bridge and VSM methods.Findings: The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy investigations have revealed that the studied as-cast bulk metallic glasses were amorphous. Based from the XRD analysis and TEM investigations of the Fe36Co36B19Si5Nb4 rod samples, it was believed that the tested alloy can be fabricated into a bulk glassy rod with the diameter of up to 4 mm. A two stage crystallization process was observed for studied bulk amorphous alloy. The changes of Curie temperatures, crystallization temperatures and magnetic properties as a function of glassy ribbons thickness (time of solidification) were stated. The investigated magnetic properties allow to classify the studied metallic glasses as soft magnetic materials.Practical implications: The studied bulk metallic glasses are suitable materials for many electrical application in different elements of magnetic circuits and for manufacturing of sensors and precise current transformers.Originality/value: The obtained examination results confirm the utility of applied investigation methods in the microstructure, thermal and soft magnetic properties analysis of examined bulk amorphous alloys.
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