Journal Published Online: 01 May 1975
Volume 3, Issue 3

A Fracture Mechanics Method for Determining the Crack Propagation Resistance of Embrittled Aluminum Bicrystals



A fracture mechanics testing method has been adapted to the study of the crack propagation resistance of high purity aluminum bicrystals which fail under liquid metal embrittlement conditions. The tapered double cantilever beam fracture test makes it possible to determine the threshold crack extension force for a propagating crack and the crack velocity as a function of driving force above this threshold. Modifications of this test have been made so that it can be used to determine GILME and crack velocity for 99.99+% pure aluminum bicrystals in a Hg-3 a/o Ga atmosphere. The test is shown to be reproducible, and variations in GILME due to differences in crystallographic orientation of the bicrystals are attainable.

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Kargol, JA
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill.
Albright, DL
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill.
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ISSN: 0090-3973
DOI: 10.1520/JTE10649J