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Title: Plastic deformation and cracking resistance of SiC ceramics measured by indentation
Authors: Wade, James
Claydon, Phoebe
Wu, Houzheng
Keywords: Plastic deformation
Cracking resistance
Silicon carbide
Equiaxial grains
Microstructure
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © The American Ceramic Society. Published by John Wiley & Sons.
Citation: WADE, J., CLAYDON, P. and WU, H., 2014. Plastic deformation and cracking resistance of SiC ceramics measured by indentation. IN: Singh, D. and Salem, J. (eds.) Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings. Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics and Composites IX. Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 35 (2), pp. 91 - 100.
Abstract: Hardness is deemed as a measurement of resistance to plastic deformation of materials, but cracking, accompanying the deformation of ceramics, has recently been reasonably interpreted as one of the essential contributors to the widely known size effect of hardness, also called the indentation size effect. On the basis of the physical activities behind the indentation size effect, we intend to have the indentation size effect measurement adapted as a means to quantitatively measure the plastic deformation and the cracking damage of ceramics. We studied three types silicon carbide ceramics that were manufactured from same chemical formulation and processing route. Two of the three were given a post-sintering annealing at different dwell times, giving a distinctive microstructure from homogeneous equiaxial grains to highly heterogeneous elongated grains. By fitting the indentation size effect data with proportional specimen resistance model, the a1 and a2 parameters are extracted with good confidence. The a2 value is interpreted as the “true hardness”, the determined values of which were found to be similar for all samples. However, the a1, relatable to the indentation size effect, increased dramatically together with the indentation-induced cracking around Vickers indents observed under SEM. Considering that the cracking resistances of all three samples showed limited variance, we discuss, using a simple illustrative model, the possible microstructural factors which may contribute to the cracking damage exhibited under a defined loading condition.
Description: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: WADE, J., CLAYDON, P. and WU, H., 2014. Plastic deformation and cracking resistance of SiC ceramics measured by indentation. Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings. Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics and Composites IX, 35 (2), pp. 91 - 100, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119031192.ch10. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. Presented at the 38th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC'14) Daytona Beach, Florida.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1002/9781119031192.ch10
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18978
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119031192.ch10
ISSN: ISSN: 1940-6339
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