Deformation of Polycrystalline Ceramics

  • Stephen M. Copley
  • Joseph A. Pask
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Part of the Materials Science Research book series (MSR)


The mechanical behavior of nominally dense, pure, polycrystalline, ceramic materials in which dislocations are mobile is discussed. Deformation by crystallographic slip is first considered. The von Misés analysis is developed for a two-dimensional polycrystalline aggregate, and a generalization is then made to three dimensions and to simple ceramic structures. Deformation by grain boundary sliding is also considered. Stress-strain curves and photomicrographs are presented for two types of polycrystalline MgO at temperatures up to 1500°C that illustrate both deformation modes. Problems encountered in realizing deformation of polycrystalline ceramic materials are reviewed, and methods for modifying the behavior of ceramic materials in which dislocations are mobile are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen M. Copley
    • 1
  • Joseph A. Pask
    • 2
  1. 1.Pratt & Whitney AircraftNorth HavenUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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