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Title:Experimental study of mechanisms of brittle-to-ductile transition of cleavage fracture in silicon single crystals
Author(s):Hsia, K. Jimmy; Argon, Ali S.
Subject(s):Brittle-to-ductile Transition
Cleavage Fracture
Silicon Single Crystals
Abstract:The micromechanisms of brittle-to-ductile transition (BDT) of cleavage fracture in Si single crystals have been investigated using a recently developed novel experimental technique. The crack arrest tests were performed by propagating a cleavage crack with a quasi-steady state velocity against a temperature gradient. Constant K specimens with cracks on {111} and {110} cleavage planes were used. A laser imaging technique was used to measure the crack velocity. The crack arrest temperature (BDT temperature) was determined as a function of crack velocity. An etch-pitting technique was used to study the dislocation structure at or near the crack arrest front. The results indicate that high dislocation mobility and a high dislocation density are needed to arrest a running cleavage crack. Preliminary evidence has confirmed that for Si crystals, the rate-limiting mechanism for the BDT is dislocation motion rather than dislocation nucleation.
Issue Date:1993-07
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 718
1993-6016
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/112407
ISSN:0073-5264
Sponsor:Energy Department 93/07; National Science Foundation 93/07
Rights Information:Copyright 1993 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04


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