The Effect of Particle Migration on the Creep-Rate of Nanocomposites


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The tensile creep behaviour of a mullite-SiC nanocomposite containing 5 vol% of SiC particles deformed under stresses from 4 to 50 MPa at 1400 °C has been studied. After grain-size effects had been accounted for, the creep-rate of the nanocomposite was found to be approximately 30× less than that of the monolithic mullite. It is suggested that this reduction is caused not by a threshold stress but by the extra work required to drive diffusion in the low diffusivity SiC particles so that they can move with the grain boundaries during creep. A model is presented which predicts the rate of creep under these conditions and gives reasonable agreement with the experiments at low stresses.



Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 317-318)

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T. Ohji, T. Sekino and K. Niihara




J.E. Pitchford et al., "The Effect of Particle Migration on the Creep-Rate of Nanocomposites", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 317-318, pp. 445-448, 2006

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August 2006




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