Deformation mechanisms in Ti-6Al-4V/TiC composites

A. J. Wagoner Johnson, K. S. Kumar, C. L. Briant

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The compressive behavior at room temperature of Ti-6Al-4V/TiC composites was examined at strain rates from 0.1 to 1000 s-1. As little as 1 vol pct TiC particulates provided greater than a 20 pct increase in strength over that of the monolithic Ti-6Al-4V, while further additions of TiC did not provide proportional benefits. Microstructural examination before and after compression testing was instrumental in understanding the relative importance of the primary strengthening mechanism in the composites as compared to the monolithic material. A comparison of the various possible mechanisms clearly showed that the dominant mechanism was due to carbon in solid solution. At low strain rates, the failure process consisted of a progression of damage in the matrix and at particle-matrix boundaries, while at high strain rates, failure occurred along adiabatic shear bands. The composites had a greater susceptibility to adiabatic shear-band formation than did the monolithic material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1869-1877
Number of pages9
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Volume34 A
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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