Ray, Ashok K and Das, Swapan K and Roy, P K and Banerjee, S (1995) Fractography of fatigued and fractured regions in a silicon carbide whisker reinforced alumina composite. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 15 (3). pp. 191-199.
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Fatigue cracked and fast fractured regions in four point bend specimens prepared from 25 wt% silicon carbide whisker reinforced alumina composites were examined by Scanning Electron Microscopy. In the fatigue cracked region, the alumina matrix failed mainly in a transgranular mode and the whiskers failed mainly with a flat fracture surface but without pullout. On the other hand, in the fast fractured region, the whiskers failed predominantly by pullout and the alumina matrix failed in a mixed mode with about half in transgranular and the other half in intergranular fracture. Thus, to improve the fracture toughness of the material, the grain boundary strength of alumina and the matrix whisker interfacial bonding should be improved. To increase the resistance to fatigue, the fracture strength of the alumina grains should be improved by using finer α-alumina particles and the fatigue strength of the whisker has to be increased by improving the uniformity in distribution of β-SiC whiskers during hot pressing.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||silicon carbide; Alumina composite|
|Divisions:||Material Science and Technology|
|Deposited By:||Sahu A K|
|Deposited On:||14 May 2010 11:04|
|Last Modified:||08 Feb 2012 16:18|
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