We report on the strength of Al-Al interfaces and the effects of chemical segregation and interfacial void formation on bond strength using microcantilever bend testing. Interfaces are synthesised via hot isostatic pressing. Microcantilevers of several nominal dimensions were fabricated via focused ion beam and deformed in a nanoindenter. We find increased cantilever strength as a function of decreasing sample size, with a linear dependence of the yield strength on the inverse square root of the length scale characteristic to the cantilever cross-section. The presence of pores and chemical segregation decreases the yield strength of the material by 17% and the accommodated strain energy by 10-15% for strain values in the 6-12% range.
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The authors gratefully acknowledge C. Liu and M.L. Lovato for useful conversations and help with tensile tests on bulk Al specimens. The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of the US Department under the Energy Global Threat Reduction Initiative Reactor Convert program. This work was performed, in part, at the Centre for Integrated Nanotechnologies, a US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences user facility. Los Alamos National Laboratory, an affirmative action equal opportunity employer, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, for the National Nuclear Security Administration of the US Department of Energy under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396.
- aluminum alloys
- bending test
- finite element analysis
- hot isostatic pressing (HIP)