Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 17, pp 5942–5947 | Cite as

Effects of rolling and hot pressing on mechanical properties of boron carbide-based ceramics

  • Nina OrlovskayaEmail author
  • Sergey Yarmolenko
  • Jag Sankar
  • Jakob Kuebler
  • Mykola Lugovy


A study of hot pressed B4C-based laminates, after rolling and without rolling, has been performed to elucidate the existence of fracture resistance/crack length anisotropy induced by this processing technique. While the crack lengths/fracture resistance was affected significantly by the presence of the residual stresses in B4C/B4C–ZrB2 laminates, no differences in Vickers crack lengths were observed in B4C/B4C laminates prepared by rolling and hot pressing, as compared to the crack lengths seen in pure B4C ceramics prepared by hot pressing without rolling. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that no texture has been formed during the rolling and hot pressing of B4C ceramics.


Fracture Toughness Crack Length Fracture Resistance Boron Carbide Thermal Residual Stress 



This work was supported by NSF project 0748364 “CAREER: Hard and tough boron rich ceramic laminates designed to contain thermal residual stresses,” the European Commission INCO-Copernicus Grant ICA2-CT-2000-10020 “LAMINATES,” Swiss Federal Office for Education and Science Grant BBW 99.0785, AFOSR, the project # F49620-02-0340, and NATO Collaborative Linkage Grant “Layered ceramic sensors for biological and chemical detection.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nina Orlovskaya
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sergey Yarmolenko
    • 2
  • Jag Sankar
    • 2
  • Jakob Kuebler
    • 3
  • Mykola Lugovy
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  2. 2.North Carolina A&T State UniversityGreensboroUSA
  3. 3.Material Science and TechnologyEMPADuebendorfSwitzerland
  4. 4.Institute for Problems of Materials ScienceKyivUkraine

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