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Title: In situ observations of cracking in constrained sintering

Here in this article, we examine the long-standing problem of cracking during constrained sintering of a powder aggregate. Using binder jet 3D printing, we prepare ceramic green bodies in the form of center-notched panels, then use in situ imaging to observe how cracks nucleate and grow from the notch as the material sinters under restraint. Quantitative image analysis allows us to identify important characteristics of the sinter-cracking process, indicating a framework for analyzing the problem and developing methods for avoiding it, including representation of sinter-cracking as a creep crack growth process, use of fracture mechanics parameters to design specimen geometries that do not exceed critical stress intensities, and the possibility of exploiting the inherently ductile nature of sinter-cracking to mitigate damage.
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  1. Rice Univ., Houston, TX (United States). Materials Science and NanoEngineering
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Journal Name:
Journal of the American Ceramic Society
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Journal Volume: 0; Journal Issue: 0; Journal ID: ISSN 0002-7820
American Ceramic Society
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; fracture; in situ imaging; sinter/sintering; solid freeform fabrication
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OSTI ID: 1457594