Estimation of surface energy and bonding between AlMgB14 and TiB2

TitleEstimation of surface energy and bonding between AlMgB14 and TiB2
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCook BA, Russell AM, Peters J, Harringa JL
Journal TitleJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
Date Published05/01
ISBN Number0022-3697
Accession NumberISI:000277548000018
Keywordsceramics, fracture, INTERFACES, ultra-hard almgb14

Composites of AlMgB14 with TiB2 display a positive deviation from the rule-of-mixtures for hardness and wear resistance [1] (Ahmed et al., 2006). This suggests exceptionally strong bonding between the two boride phases. A contributing factor to the strong bonding may be a close matching of surface energy in the two phases. A calculation was performed to estimate the surface energy and its temperature dependence in AlMgB14, based on the critical crack energy release rate and assuming covalent bonding. Results predict that the surface energy of the two phases differs by about 0.4 J/m(2). Similar results were found for other transition metal diborides, and the surface energy of AlMgB14 was close to that of TiC and TiN, two materials commonly used as sintering aids for TiB2. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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