Fractography of High Boron Ceramics Subjected to Ballistic Loading

  • R. Nathan Katz
  • William A. Brantley
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Part of the Materials Science Research book series (MSR, volume 5)


Fractographic studies of B4C and AlB12 ceramics subjected to ballistic impact are presented. Results suggest that macroscopic textures of fracture-exposed surfaces are indicative of stress states occurring during the fracture event, whereas microscopic topography is strongly influenced as well by microstructural features. Variation observed as a function of distance from the impact axis allows some differentiation between the strain rate sensitivity of the fracture processes of the two materials.


Boron Carbide Scanning Electron Micro Radial Crack Ballistic Impact Transgranular Fracture 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Nathan Katz
    • 1
  • William A. Brantley
    • 1
  1. 1.Army Materials and Mechanics Research CenterWatertownUSA

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