ISSN: 1003-6326
CN: 43-1239/TG

Vol. 33    No. 8    August 2023

Ductile fracture behavior of in situ TiB2 particle reinforced 7075 aluminum matrix composite in various stress states
Han WANG, Hai-ming ZHANG, Zhen-shan CUI, Zhe CHEN, Dong CHEN
(School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China)
Abstract: The fracture behavior of an in situ TiB2 particle reinforced 7075 aluminum matrix composite in various stress states was investigated by mechanical tests, microscopic characterization, and numerical simulations. Four sets of tensile specimens, one group of shear specimens, and one group of compression specimens were designed, and mechanical experiments were conducted on these six groups of specimens. The strain distributions of the six groups of specimens during deformation were investigated by in situ strain testing and finite element simulation. The fracture morphology of the specimens was characterized to analyze the damage mechanism in different stress states. It was found that the fracture mechanism of the material is mainly interfacial debonding and particle fracture, manifested as tensile fracture under high stress triaxiality and shear fracture under low stress triaxiality. For the tensile fracture, the nucleated voids grew with the maximum principal stress; for the shear fracture, they showed significant shape change with the maximum shear stress but little volume change. Based on the fracture mechanisms uncovered by the experiments, a modified ductile fracture criterion, considering the influence of both the maximum principal stress and maximum shear stress, was developed for the composite. Comparison with the modified Mohr-Coulomb, Lou-Yoon-Huh, Hu, and Mu models shows that the proposed model can predict the ductile fracture behavior of the aluminum matrix composites more accurately.
Key words: aluminum matrix composite; ductile fracture criterion; interface debonding; particle fracture
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