Load partitioning in Al2O3-Al composites with three-dimensional periodic architecture

M. L. Young, R. Rao, J. D. Almer, D. R. Haeffner, J. A. Lewis, D. C. Dunand

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Interpenetrating composites are created by infiltration of liquid aluminum into three-dimensional (3-D) periodic Al2O3 preforms with simple tetragonal symmetry produced by direct-write assembly. Volume-averaged lattice strains in the Al2O3 phase of the composite are measured by synchrotron X-ray diffraction for various uniaxial compression stresses up to -350 MPa. Load transfer, found by diffraction to occur from the metal phase to the ceramic phase, is in general agreement with simple rule-of-mixture models and in better agreement with more complex, 3-D finite-element models that account for metal plasticity and details of the geometry of both phases. Spatially resolved diffraction measurements show variations in load transfer at two different positions within the composite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2362-2375
Number of pages14
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number8
StatePublished - May 2009


  • Aluminum
  • Compression test
  • Metal matrix composites (MMC)
  • Synchrotron radiation
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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