Cyclic Fatigue-Crack Growth and Fracture Properties in Ti3SiC2 Ceramics at Elevated Temperatures

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2914-2920
Journal / PublicationJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Volume84
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The cyclic fatigue and fracture toughness behavior of reactive hot-pressed Ti3SiC2 ceramics was examined at temperatures from ambient to 1200°C with the objective of characterizing the high-temperature mechanisms controlling crack growth. Comparisons were made of two monolithic Ti3SiC2 materials with fine- (3-10 μm) and coarse-grained (70-300 μm) microstructures. Results indicate that fracture toughness values, derived from rising resistance-curve behavior, were significantly higher in the coarser-grained microstructure at both low and high temperatures; comparative behavior was seen under cyclic fatigue loading. In each microstructure, ΔKth fatigue thresholds were found to be essentially unchanged between 25° and 1100°C; however, there was a sharp decrease in ΔKth at 1200°C (above the plastic-to-brittle transition temperature), where significant high-temperature deformation and damage are first apparent. The substantially higher cyclic-crack growth resistance of the coarse-grained Ti3SiC2 microstructure was associated with extensive crack bridging behind the crack tip and a consequent tortuous crack path. The crack-tip shielding was found to result from both the bridging of entire grains and from deformation kinking and bridging of microlamellae within grains, the latter forming by delamination along the basal planes.

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Cyclic Fatigue-Crack Growth and Fracture Properties in Ti3SiC2 Ceramics at Elevated Temperatures. / Chen, Da; Shirato, Kiroshi; Barsoum, Michel W.; El-Raghy, Tamer; Ritchie, Robert O.

In: Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 84, No. 12, 12.2001, p. 2914-2920.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review