Analysis of fracture toughness and TiC/Al2O3 composites

F. Kamiya, H. Toda, T. Kobayashi, M. Takasu, N. Okamoto

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Al2O3/TiC composites having various fraction ratio between Al2O3 and TiC phases are prepared through the hot-press process. Static and dynamic fracture toughness values are measured experimentally. Crack deflection angle and areal fraction of each fracture path (intergranular and transgranular fractures both through the Al2O3 and TiC phases and Al2O3/TiC interface) are measured on lateral surface of specimens and fracture surfaces, respectively. Local fracture toughness in each fracture path is analyzed using the above data. Measured fracture toughness increases with the increase in the mass percent TiC phase. Local fracture toughness is higher for the passes through the TiC phase than those through the Al2O3 phase, whether it is transgranular or intergranular. The weakest path is the Al2O3/TiC interface in all of the samples. Microstructural configuration for improved fracture toughness in Al2O3/TiC composites is discussed in light of local fracture toughness at both grain interior and boundaries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-330
Number of pages8
JournalNippon Kinzoku Gakkaishi/Journal of the Japan Institute of Metals
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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