PROPERTIES AND INTERFACE STRUCTURES OF NI AND NI-TI ALLOY TOUGHENED AL2O3 CERAMIC COMPOSITES
ZHANG, X.; LU, G.; Hoffmann, M. J.; METSELAAR, R.
JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY 15 (1995), 3, 225–232
PROPERTIES AND INTERFACE STRUCTURES OF NI AND NI-TI ALLOY TOUGHENED AL2O3 CERAMIC COMPOSITES.
Ni/Al2O3 and Ni-Ti/Al2O3 composites sintered in different atmospheres are investigated Argon as a sintering atmosphere is found to be more beneficial to the fracture toughness of the composites than CO. Ni inclusions at 12 vol.% enhance the fracture toughness up to 36%, corresponding to a fracture energy twice that of the alumina matrix, whereas titanium alloying to Ni makes a negative contribution to the mechanical behaviour. The interfacial structures of Ni/Al2O3 and Ni-Ti/Al2O3 are studied by using electron microscopy. The titanium distribution at the interfaces is studied and correlated to the mechanical properties.