Fracture toughness of alumina/lanthanum titanate laminate composites with a weak interface

  • Ceylan A
  • Fuierer P
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Layers of lanthanum titanate (La2Ti2O7) and α-alumina (α-Al2O3) were employed to form a layered composite in order to improve the fracture toughness of monolithic alumina. The composites were produced by two different processing methods. In the first, individually presintered pellets of α-Al2O3and La2Ti2O7were stacked together and hot-forged. In the second, tape cast molten salt La2Ti2O7and dense α-Al2O3were stacked together and hot-forged. The forged composite samples were investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Vickers indentation and three-point bending. During the hot-forging process, an interphase, aluminum titanate (Al2TiO5) was found to form as a result of the reaction between α-Al2O3and La2Ti2O7. The flexural strength and the fracture toughness of the resulting laminate composites were found to be 320 MPa and 7.1 MPa m1 / 2, respectively. Indentation experiments showed that the newly formed Al2TiO5at the interface is sufficiently weak to promote crack deflection and hence increase the fracture energy and mechanical properties of the composite. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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  • Alumina
  • Fracture toughness
  • Interphase
  • Lanthanum titanate
  • Layered composite

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  • Ali Ceylan

  • Paul A. Fuierer

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