Journal Published Online: 01 July 1982
Volume 4, Issue 2

Failure Analysis of Composites Using Auger Electron Spectroscopy



As composite materials are used more in critical design applications, it becomes more important to understand how they respond under load and, in particular, to identify precisely the outcome of any failure process. In most instances, optical or scanning electron microscopy provides the basis for this interpretation, but sometimes the information obtained may be ambiguous. To supplement conventional microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) may be used. We describe an example in which depth profiling by the use of AES made possible a more complete analysis of the failure surface of a composite with a titanium metal matrix reinforced with boron-carbide-coated boron fibers.

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Govada, A
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Duke, JC
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
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ISSN: 0884-6804
DOI: 10.1520/CTR10766J