Rare Metals

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 52–58 | Cite as

Soldering of Zr-based bulk metallic glass and copper by Au–12Ge eutectic alloy

  • Jun WangEmail author
  • Jing Cui
  • Hong-Chao Kou
  • Heng Guan
  • Jin-Shan Li


Zr-based bulk metallic glass and copper with different surface roughness were soldered using low temperature eutectic Au–12Ge (wt%) solder on a thermomechanical simulator. The cross-sectional microstructures of the brazed joints were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) in detail, and the compositional distribution along the interface was analyzed by energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS). Results show that the surface roughness of base metals plays an important role in the quality of the brazed joint because the surface roughness can enlarge the effective contact area, which can improve the brazing surface quality between two materials. A moderate roughness of treated Zr-based metallic glass of 18 μm is shown to be the best for the soldering, while the surface roughness has a weak effect on the soldering behavior of Au–12Ge solder on copper. After soldering, long-range diffusion of atoms occurs between the base metal and solder, and five distinct regions are formed at the joint region.


Bulk metallic glass Soldering Au–Ge eutectic alloy Interface 



This work was financially supported by the Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shaanxi Province of China (No. 2014JM6234), the Specialized Research Fund for Doctoral Program of Higher Education (No. 20136102120007) and the Program of Introducing Talents of Discipline to Universities (No. B08040).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Solidification ProcessingNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina

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