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Title: Modeling and Testing Miniature Torsion Specimens for SiC Joining Development Studies for Fusion

The international fusion community has designed a miniature torsion specimen for neutron irradiation studies of joined SiC and SiC/SiC composite materials. Miniature torsion joints based on this specimen design were fabricated using displacement reactions between Si and TiC to produce Ti3SiC2 + SiC joints with CVD-SiC and tested in torsion-shear prior to and after neutron irradiation. However, many of these miniature torsion specimens fail out-of-plane within the CVD-SiC specimen body, which makes it problematic to assign a shear strength value to the joints and makes it difficult to compare unirradiated and irradiated joint strengths to determine the effects of the irradiation. Finite element elastic damage and elastic-plastic damage models of miniature torsion joints are developed that indicate shear fracture is likely to occur within the body of the joined sample and cause out-of-plane failures for miniature torsion specimens when a certain modulus and strength ratio between the joint material and the joined material exists. The model results are compared and discussed with regard to unirradiated and irradiated joint test data for a variety of joint materials. The unirradiated data includes Ti3SiC2 + SiC/CVD-SiC joints with tailored joint moduli, and includes steel/epoxy and CVD-SiC/epoxy joints. The implications for joint data basedmore » on this sample design are discussed.« less
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Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3115; AT6020100
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Journal of Nuclear Materials; Journal Volume: 466
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
SiC; Joining:Fusion:Torsion:Modeling and Simulation; Mechanics