Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
The characterization of Si-B-C-N amorphous ceramics using isothermal compression creep testing in the temperature range of 1200°–1500°C is reported. The deformation rate contains a stress-dependent component that is proportional to the applied stress, which indicates that this portion of the deformation mechanism is based on viscous flow. An increase in the creep resistance is observed, following either preliminary annealing or hot isostatic pressing, which may be explained by a reduction of free volume in the amorphous material. The application of two deformation models that are used to predict similar deformation behavior in metallic glasses also is discussed. Although both models accurately predict the time dependence of the deformation rate of precursor-derived amorphous ceramics, the free-volume model fits the observed temperature dependence better than the “two-step” rearrangement model.
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