Fracture Toughness of Amorphous Precursor Derived Si-C-N Ceramics


Fully amorphous ceramics in the system silicon-carbon-nitrogen were produced with the polymer precursor route using the commercially available polysilazane CerasetTM. Besides their high temperature thermal stability, these ceramics show excellent high temperature creep resistance. Not many investigations have been dedicated to the fracture mechanics of these materials. This paper provides data on toughness measurements utilizing bulk and indentation techniques. The double cantilever beam method (DCB) was used to study crack propagation. To determine the intrinsic toughness, the crack opening displacements (COD) of indentation cracks were determined.

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Bauer, A., Zimmermann, A. & Aldinger, F. Fracture Toughness of Amorphous Precursor Derived Si-C-N Ceramics. MRS Online Proceedings Library 652, 82 (2000).

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