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Yanming Zhang1 Binghui Deng1 Liping Huang1 Yunfeng Shi1

1, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, United States

In this work we use molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate glass composites constituted by two brittle model glasses with different stiffness. We show that tuning the stiffness ratio (SR), shape, volume fraction and distribution of the two brittle glass constituent scan trigger a brittle to ductile (BTD) transition. Such composite glasses can exhibit high strength, remarkable toughness and some work hardening. The highest failure strain of 80% can be reached in composite glasses as compared to 7% in monolithic model glasses. We also found that mechanical properties of such glass composites will not be deteriorated by introduction of pre-notch. Excellent load redistribution capability introduced by structural heterogeneity is responsible for high ductility in our composite glasses. Through a systematic analysis, we unveil the design principles that lead to the aforementioned BTD transition. We believe the current approach could enhance ductility and broaden the application of glasses as enabling structural materials.

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