Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 1873–1882 | Cite as

Indentation fracture of WC-Co cermets

  • D. K. Shetty
  • I. G. Wright
  • P. N. Mincer
  • A. H. Clauer


Indentation fracture of a series of well-characterized WC-Co cermets was studied with a Vickers diamond pyramid indenter. The resulting crack length-indentation load data were analysed in terms of relations characteristic of radial (Palmqvist) and fully developed radial/median (half-penny) crack geometries. The radial crack model gave a better fit to the data on all the alloys studied. Crack shapes determined by repeated surface polishing confirmed the radial nature of the cracks. An indentation fracture mechanics analysis based on the assumption of a wedge-loaded crack is shown to be consistent with the observed linear relation between the radial crack length and the indentation load. The analysis also predicts a simple relation among the fracture toughness (Klc), the Palmqvist toughness (W) and the hardness (H) of the WC-Co alloys.


Fracture Toughness Pyramid Crack Length Crack Model Radial Crack 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. K. Shetty
    • 1
  • I. G. Wright
    • 1
  • P. N. Mincer
    • 1
  • A. H. Clauer
    • 1
  1. 1.Battelle Columbus LaboratoriesColumbusUSA

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