The spall strength of silicon carbide and boron carbide ceramics processed by spark plasma sintering Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The spall strength of silicon carbide (SiC) and boron carbide (B 4 C) ceramics processed by Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) has been studied as a function of the loading stress. In the course of the planar impact experiments, the velocity of either the sample free surface or of the sample–window interface was continuously monitored by a Velocity Interferometer System for Any Reflector (VISAR). With the increase of impact stress the spall strength of both ceramics, increases initially and then declines monotonously until it vanishes almost completely, as the impact stress approaches the respective Hugoniot Elasic Limit (HEL). The mechanisms that may account for that behavior and, in particular, the role of the compressive wing cracks in the onset of the spall strength decline are discussed.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010