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Microstructural Effects on the Hardness, Elastic Modulus and Fracture Toughness of CVD Diamond

  • A. Kant (a1), M. D. Drory (a1), N. R. Moody (a2), W. J. MoberlyChan (a1), J. W. Ager (a1) and R. O. Ritchie (a1)...

Abstract

The hardness, elastic modulus, and fracture toughness of chemical vapor deposited (CVD) polycrystalline diamond have been investigated on several thick (∼100 μm) free-standing films with regard to the grain size, impurity content and failure mechanisms. Micro-hardness measurements using Vickers indentation, in conjunction with Young's modulus measurement techniques such as nano-indentation, were employed to estimate the indentation fracture toughness. The toughness of CVD diamond was increased through the addition of non-diamond carbon, which promoted intergranular fracture and enhanced the toughness by grain bridging.

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