1 Section of Chemistry, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN2 Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN3 Inorganic Amorphous Materials, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN4 The Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG), Aalborg University, VBN5 Shandong University6 Shandong University
We study the dynamic behavior of CuZr-based melts well above the liquidus temperature. The results show a discontinuous change in viscosity during cooling, which is attributed to an underlying liquid-liquid phase transition (LLPT) in these melts. The LLPT is further verified by thermodynamic response in the same superheated region. We find that the LLPT in the Cu46Zr46Al8 melt is reversible above 1350 K upon repeated heating and cooling. Based on the concept of fluid clustering in metallic melts, the reversible LLPT is attributed to the structural transition from the strongly ordered high-density liquids to the weakly ordered low-density liquids upon cooling.