Crack growth resistance of Cr3C2/Al2O3 composites

Jow Lay Huang, Ho Don Lin, Ching An Jeng, Ding Fwu Lii

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The crack resistance of Cr3C2/Al2O3 composites was investigated. The indentation/strength technique was used to determine the R-curve behaviors. The small (2 μm) Cr3C2 particles were found to have a better toughening effect than that of large (7 μm) Cr3C2 particles in Cr3C2/Al2O3 composites. The R-curve behaviors in Cr3C2/Al2O3 composites could be attributed to the mechanisms of crack-deflection and crack-branching. Materials exhibiting R-curve behavior also had narrower strength distribution and larger Weibull modulus than those of Griffith materials. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science S.A. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Feb 29

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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