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Liquid impact and fracture of free-standing CVD diamond
Author(s): Claire F. Kennedy; Robert H. Telling; John E. Field
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Paper Abstract

The Cavendish Laboratory has developed extensive facilities for studies of liquid and solid particle erosion. This paper describes the high-speed liquid impact erosion of thin CVD diamond discs and the variation with grain sizes of the absolute damage threshold velocity (ADTV), viz., the threshold below which the specimen shows no damage. All specimens fail by rear surface cracking and there is shown to be a shallow dependence of rear surface ADTV on grain size. Fracture propagation in CVD diamond has also been monitored using a specially-designed double-torsion apparatus and data for K1C are presented. Tentatively, the results suggest that finer-grained CVD diamond exhibits a higher fracture toughness, although the differences are slight even over a fourfold variation in the mean grain size. No preference for intergranular fracture was observed and one may conclude from this that the grain boundaries themselves do not seriously weaken the material. The large pre-existing flaws, both within and between grains, whose size varies the grain size are believed to be the dominant source of weakness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3705, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials VI, (26 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354634
Show Author Affiliations
Claire F. Kennedy, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Robert H. Telling, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
John E. Field, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3705:
Window and Dome Technologies and Materials VI
Randal W. Tustison, Editor(s)

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