Abstract:Using a variety of advanced ceramic materials, a comparison has been conducted of fracture toughness test methods using the single edge vee-notch beam method and the surface crack in flexure method, the latter restricted to optical fractography. Good agreement has been found between the two methods on materials which were amenable to the SCF method. It has further been shown that the SEVNB method can produce reliable results on materials to which the SCF method is not readily applicable.
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