Room-temperature fracture toughness of MoSiBTiC alloys

Takahiro Moriyama, Kyosuke Yoshimi, Mi Zhao, Tiffany Masnou, Tomohiro Yokoyama, Junya Nakamura, Hirokazu Katsui, Takashi Goto

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Room-temperature fracture toughnesses of TiC-added Mo-Si-B alloys were evaluated for samples of three different compositions prepared using a conventional Ar arc-melting technique. The first alloy (TiCp) had a primary phase during solidification of NaCl-type TiC including an amount of Mo, with a Mo solid solution (Moss) volume fraction of approximately 49% and a TiC volume fraction of approximately 19%, while the volume fraction of Mo5SiB2 (T2) was approximately 31% and the remaining 1% was Mo2C including an amount of Ti. The second alloy (T2p) had a primary phase of T2, with volume fractions of Moss, TiC, Mo5SiB2 (T2), and Mo2C of approximately 38%, 4%, 45%, and 13%, respectively. The third alloy (Mop) had a primary phase of Moss, with volume fractions of Moss, TiC, Mo5SiB2 (T2), and Mo2C of approximately 55%, 8%, 32%, and 6%, respectively. Room-temperature fracture toughness was evaluated by three different bending tests using Chevron-notched specimens. Fracture toughness values obtained by the three methods were relatively close with good reproducibility. Consequently, the fracture toughness values of TiCp, T2p, and Mop were evaluated to be ∼15.2 MPa(m)1/2, ∼10.5 MPa(m)1/2, and ∼13.6 MPa(m)1/2, respectively. Fracture surface observations indicated that the Moss phase is subject to severe plastic deformation during the fracture process. The TiC phase was also noted to leave river patterns behind through crack propagation. These fractographic results suggest that not only the ductile-phase toughening by the Moss phase but also an extra-toughening mechanism by the TiC phase are responsible for the goodness of the room-temperature fracture toughness of the MoSiBTiC alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-102
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 1


  • Elastic properties
  • Fracture toughness
  • Intermetallics
  • Microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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