Short crack growth behavior of the 6061 Al alloy with and without SiC whiskers was investigated. Fluctuations in the growth rate of short cracks converge with growth of the cracks and become substantially constant between 25 and 40 μm in the metal matrix composite (MMC) and 110 and 183 μm in the unreinforced alloy. This is attributed to the release of the short cracks from the microstructural effects, i.e., the interaction with reinforcement structure in the MMC and grain boundaries in the unreinforced alloy. Furthermore, there exists slowing down of short crack advance in the MMC, and this was explained from rapid development of crack closure obtained in this study.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1996|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Metals and Alloys