Fracture toughness and slow crack growth behavior of Ni-YSZ and YSZ as a function of porosity and temperature Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this paper we report on the fracture toughness of YSZ and Ni-YSZ and slow-crack growth behavior of Ni-YSZ at 20°C, 600°C and 800°C. Results are presented for tests carried-out in air for YSZ and in a gas mixture of 4%H2and 96%Ar for Ni-YSZ containing various levels of porosity. The double-torsion test method was utilized to determine the fracture toughness from the peak load obtained during fast loading test specimens that had been precracked, while crack velocity versus stress intensity curves were obtained in the double-torsion using the load relaxation method. It was found that fracture toughness of these materials decreases with temperature and in the case of Ni-YSZ it also decreases with increasing porosity. The effect of temperature and microstructure, which was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy, on the fracture behavior of these materials, is discussed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Radovic, M., Lara-Curzio, E., & Nelson, G.

publication date

  • December 2006