Elastic properties and structure of interpenetrating boron carbide/aluminum multiphase composites

Salvatore Torquato, Christofer L.Y. Yeong, Mark D. Rintoul, David L. Milius, Ilhan A. Aksay

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We study the elastic moduli and structure of boron carbide/aluminum (B4C/Al) multiphase composites using rigorous bounding and experimental characterization techniques. We demonstrate that rigorous bounds on the effective moduli are useful in that they can accurately predict (i) the effective elastic moduli, given the phase moduli and volume fractions, or (ii) the phase moduli (volume fractions), given the effective moduli and phase volume fractions (moduli). Using the best available rigorous bounds on the effective elastic moduli of multiphase composites involving volume-fraction information, we are able to predict the bulk and shear moduli of the Al4BC phase, a reaction product that forms during heat treatment. These theoretical predictions are in very good agreement with recent experimental measurements of the moduli of the Al4BC phase. Moreover, we evaluate more-refined bounds involving three-point structural correlation functions by extracting such information from an image of a sample of the B4C/Al composite. Although experimental data for the effective moduli are unavailable for this sample, our predictions of the effective moduli based on three-point bounds should be quite accurate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1263-1268
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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