Fracture behavior of notched specimens of TiAl alloys
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Fracture behavior of a two-phase TiAl alloy was investigated using notched specimens. Fracture surfaces and metallographic sections of surviving notch in double notched specimens are observed. The fracture process of notched specimens of TiAl alloys was described as that several inter-lamellar cracks initiate and extend directly from the notch root and propagate preferentially along the interfaces between lamellae and stop at various obstacles. With increasing applied load, cracks connect with each other and propagate further by translamellar cracks. The toughening mechanisms, which make the main crack difficult to propagate or cause it to be stopped, could be reducing the driving force for crack propagation. The higher toughness of near fully lamellar microstructure than that of finer duplex microstructure is attributed to the path of crack propagation. On the fracture surfaces of the finer duplex microstructure, more low-energy-spending interlamellar fracture facets are observed, which means that it is easier for crack to bypass a fine duplex lamellar grain with lamellae perpendicular to the main crack and to take a interlamellar path.
KeywordsMain Crack Notch Root TiAl Alloy Lamellar Microstructure Cleavage Crack
This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 50471109), the National Natural Science Foundation of Gansu Province (No. 3ZS061-A25-037) and Opening Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Gansu Advanced Non-ferrous Metal Materials.
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