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Effects of the microstructure and minor elements on the fracture toughness of Nb-Si alloy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 December 2012

Takuya Okawa
Affiliation:
Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University; Kita-13, Nishi-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628, Hokkaido, Japan
Seiji Miura
Affiliation:
Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University; Kita-13, Nishi-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628, Hokkaido, Japan
Tetsuo Mohri
Affiliation:
Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University; Kita-13, Nishi-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628, Hokkaido, Japan
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Abstract

The development of a new high temperature structural material is recently required in various fields. As one of the potential materials, Nb-Si alloys have attracted attention due to their high melting point and low density. A microstructure composed of ductile Nb matrix containing finely dispersed spherical Nb5Si3 phase is obtained by the addition of ternary elements such as Au and it is found that such microstructure is effective in improving room temperature toughness. The main purpose of the present study is evaluating fracture toughness of Nb-Si-Au alloys using small specimens and investigating the effects of the microstructure and other minor elements on the fracture toughness. Alloy ingots of Nb-15at.%Si-3at.%Au and Nb-3at.%Au are prepared by arc-melting under Ar atmosphere, followed by heat-treatments at up to 1500oC for 100 hours. Chevron notched specimens with a size of 1.0x2.0x10mm are subjected to four-point bending tests under a laser confocal microscope for in-situ observation of crack propagation, and the effect of the microstructure and minor elements such as oxygen on the evaluated fracture toughness is investigated on both the Nb/Nb5Si3 alloys and the Nb solid solution (Nbss) alloys.

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