Microstructure and indentation fracture of dysprosium niobate

Byong Taek Lee, Waltraud M. Kriven

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The high-temperature indentation fracture and microstructures of dysprosium niobate (DyNbO4) were investigated by optical, scanning, and transmission electron microscopy (OM, SEM, and TEM). Polycrystalline samples were sintered at 1350 °C for 3 h and cut into 3 mm disks for TEM. The disks were indented in a Nikon QM (Tokyo, Japan) hot hardness indenter at room temperature up to 1000 °C. Many lamellar twins having different widths were observed by TEM as well as intergranular microcracks. The room temperature hardness was relatively low at 5.64 GPa and decreased with elevated temperatures. Crack lengths were short, showing a typical micro-cracking effect. In the sample indented at 1000 °C, dislocations in periodic arrays were evident, and their density increased markedly due to heavy plastic deformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1422-1427
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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