The structures of Cu-Zr and Ni-Zr metallic glasses have been studied by neutron diffraction and Reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modeling. A pre-peak at Q∼17 nm-1 was observed in the structure factor, S(Q), of Ni-Zr metallic glasses, and this is associated with the Ni-Ni partial structure factor was well reproduced by the RMC modeling. An analysis of Voronoi polyhedra in the RMC simulations was used to characterise the different atomic configurations around Zr, Ni and Cu atoms. The Zr environments are very similar in the two systems, but there are marked differences between the polyhedra around Ni and Cu atoms. The polyhedra around Ni atoms are dominated by trigonal prismatic-like, Archimedian antiprismatic-like, and similar polyhedra, with smaller total coordination numbers less than 10. In contrast, icosahedron-like polyhedra with total coordination numbers in excess of 11 are preferred for Cu.
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