Strengthening of Soft Ceramics by Forming Sandwich Composites with Strong Interfaces: A Combination of Analytical Study and Experimental Procedure

Authors

  • Detian Wan,

    1. Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China
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    • Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

  • Yanchun Zhou,

    Corresponding author
    1. Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China
      †Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. e-mail: yczhou@imr.ac.cn
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    • *Member, American Ceramic Society.

  • Yiwang Bao,

    1. Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China
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  • Lizhong Liu

    1. Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China
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  • R. Ballarini—contributing editor

  • Supported by the National Outstanding Young Scientist Foundation (No. 59925208 for Y. C. Zhou, No. 50125204 for Y. W. Bao), Natural Sciences Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 50232040, 50302011, 90403027, ‘863’ project, “Hundred talent-plan” and High-Tech Bureau of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

†Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. e-mail: yczhou@imr.ac.cn

Abstract

Putting a soft ceramic in a sandwich of hard ceramics will produce composites combining the merits of both soft ceramics and hard ceramics. To strengthen soft ceramics, two analytical relationships among the bending strength, the residual stresses, and the ratio of the coating thickness to the substrate thickness, R, in sandwich beam samples with strong interfaces were established based on the three-point bending model. When the temperature drop and the material properties of the coating and substrate are fixed, the strength enhancement due to the residual stress can be predicted. Furthermore, an optimum ratio R0 was derived using a stress equilibrium principle, which makes the designed component having the highest strength. These predictions were confirmed by using a bending test on the hard–soft–hard sandwich samples of Al2O3/Ti3SiC2/Al2O3. The measured maximum strength was 14.5% higher than that of Ti3SiC2 when R was 0.10, which was close to the calculated optimum ratio R0 (0.087).

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