Effect of notch root radius on fracture toughness of polycrystalline cubic boron nitride

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Title: Effect of notch root radius on fracture toughness of polycrystalline cubic boron nitride
Authors: Carolan, Declan
Alveen, Patricia
Ivankovic, Alojz
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4775
Date: Dec-2011
Abstract: The fracture toughness of five grades of polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PCBN) has been determined using Single Edge V-Notched Beam specimens. Both coarse and fine grade materials were considered, containing CBN grain sizes of between 1 μm and 22 μm. The influence of notch root radius on the measured fracture toughness was examined. The notch root radius was found to have a major effect for materials with smaller CBN grain sizes while only a small effect was noted for the material with large CBN grain sizes. A simple analytical model was developed to explain the effect of the notch root radius on the fracture toughness and was found to agree well with experiment for all the materials tested. It was shown that the effect of notch root radius is directly linked to the size of the CBN grain. It is proposed that this effect results from the interaction between the microstructure and the stress field around the notch tip.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Engineering Fracture Mechanics
Volume: 78
Issue: 17
Start page: 2885
End page: 2895
Copyright (published version): 2011 Elsevier
Keywords: Cubic boron nitrideFracture testingNotch root radius
DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2011.08.003
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Mechanical & Materials Engineering Research Collection

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