Micromechanics-based simulation of B4C-TiB2 composite fracture under tensile load

Jingyao Dai, Evan J. Pineda, Brett A. Bednarcyk, Jogender Singh, Namiko Yamamoto

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Micromechanics modeling was performed to study the effects of thermal residual stress, weak interphases, TiB2 volume fraction and particle size on the mechanical responses and fracture behaviors of B4C-TiB2 composites. Experimentally observed fracture behaviors including micro-cracking and crack deflection were successfully captured. The weak interphases at B4C-TiB2 boundaries and the thermal residual stress induced during cooling by the large CTE mismatch between B4C and TiB2 were identified as two major factors to promote micro-cracking that caused the enhanced progressive failure behavior. Micro-cracking was enhanced with higher TiB2 volume fraction due to higher fraction of weak interphase and material affected by thermal residual stress. Meanwhile, micro-cracking behaviors exhibited limited change with varying TiB2 particle sizes. This modeling study successfully captured the main fracture behaviors and their trends by varying micro-structures of B4C-TiB2 composites and can potentially aid microstructure design of tougher B4C-TiB2 composites in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6364-6378
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number14
StatePublished - Nov 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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