Chakraborty, Riya and Dey, Arjun and Mukhopadhyay, Anoop Kumar and Joshi, Keshaw D and Rav, Amit and Mandal, Ashok Kumar and Bysakh, Sandip and Biswas, Sampad Kumar and Gupta, Satish C (2012) Indentation size effect of alumina ceramic shocked at 12 GPa. International Journal of Refractory Metals & Hard Materials , 33. pp. 22-32. ISSN 0263-4368

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The motivation behind this study was the urge to understand how the high strain rate flyer plate impact affects the nanohardness of alumina ceramics. Therefore, the load controlled nanoindentation experiments were conducted with a Berkovich indenter on an as received coarse grain (similar to 10 mu m), high density (similar to 3.98 alumina and the shock recovered tiny fragments of the same alumina. The shocked alumina fragments were obtained from an earlier flyer plate shock impact study in a two stage gas gun. The nanohardness of the as received alumina was much higher than that of the shocked alumina. The shocked alumina showed a relatively much stronger indentation size effect (ISE) while the as received alumina exhibited a mild ISE. A new explanation was given for the presence of the relatively strong ISE in the shock recovered alumina. Additional characterizations such as scanning electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and analysis of the experimental load depth data were utilized for this purpose. Finally, a new, qualitative model was proposed to provide a rational picture of the nanoindentation responses of the as received and shocked alumina ceramics. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ceramics; Nanoindentation; Indentation Size Effect (ISE); Deformation and fracture
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Divisions: Non-Oxide Ceramics & Composites
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2012 10:01
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 10:01

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