Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 32, Issue 21, pp 5833–5847 | Cite as

Microstructure and the fracture behaviou of a Ti-24Al-11Nb intermetallic

  • L XU


The results of a study of the effects of heat treatment on the microstructure and fracture behaviour of an α2-based Ti-24Al-11Nb intermetallic are reported in this paper. The effects of cooling rate, annealing temperature and annealing duration on the microstructure are discussed in detail. Room- and elevated-temperature fracture mechanisms are elucidated. Toughening is shown to mainly occur by crack-tip blunting, and to a lesser extent via crack bridging and crack deflection mechanisms. A new micromechanics model is presented for the estimation of the shielding due to crack-tip blunting.


Fracture Toughness Stress Intensity Factor Compression Strength Furnace Cool Fracture Surface Morphology 


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  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Materials Science Program, Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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