The importance of fracture toughness in ultrafine and nanocrystalline bulk materials

Reinhard Pippan, Anton Hohenwarter

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The suitability of high-strength ultrafine and nanocrystalline materials processed by severe plastic deformation methods and aimed to be used for structural applications will strongly depend on their resistance against crack growth. In this contribution some general available findings on the damage tolerance of this material class will be summarized. Particularly, the occurrence of a pronounced fracture anisotropy will be in the center of discussion. In addition, the great potential of this generated anisotropy to obtain high-strength materials with exceptionally high fracture toughness in specific loading and crack growth directions will be enlightened.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-136
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Research Letters [Elektronische Ressource]
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2016

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