Dynamics of Crack Healing and its Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Al2O3-MgAlON Composite
After preparing samples (3mm long×4mm wide×36mm high) of Al2O3-MgAlON composites and sintered at 1500°C for 2 h in N2 atmosphere, samples’ cracks were carved by a Vickers hardometer’s pressing head on the center of the sample surface (4 mm×36 mm). Subsequently, the cracks were healed at 1000°C-1550°C for 6 h respectively. Effects of healing temperature on sample’s strength, crack healing dynamics and its molecular dynamics simulation were investigated. The results suggested that: the optimum range of cracks healing temperature was 1300°C-1550°C, and the healing process accelerated at 1300°C, meanwhile, the strength of samples increased significantly. Cracks completely healing finished at 1550°C. The dynamics equation of crack healing was lnν = -Q/kT+lnC. Through characterizing the crack healing rate with the recovering rate of sample’s strength, the diffusion activation energy Q = 4.264 × 10-30 J•K-1 and diffusion constant C=7.359 were claimed. The result of the molecular dynamics simulation suggested that cracks healing process was caused by diffusion could be divided into five stages: passivation of crack tips, formation of salient island, crack shrinkage, generation of secondary crack, and complete healing.
Wei Pan and Jianghong Gong
D. Y. Yang et al., "Dynamics of Crack Healing and its Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Al2O3-MgAlON Composite ", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 105-106, pp. 137-141, 2010