A Technique to Achieve Uniform Stress Distribution in Compressive Creep Testing of Advanced Ceramics at High Temperatures PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Kenneth C. Liu, Christopher O. Stevens, Charles R. Brinkman

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

Nicholas E. Holshauser

North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC

Paper No. 96-GT-341, pp. V005T13A018; 6 pages
  • ASME 1996 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 5: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; General
  • Birmingham, UK, June 10–13, 1996
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7876-7
  • Copyright © 1996 by ASME


A technique to achieve stable and uniform uniaxial compression is offered for creep testing of advanced ceramic materials at elevated temperatures, using an innovative self-aligning load-train assembly. Excellent load-train alignment is attributed to the inherent ability of a unique hydraulic universal coupler to maintain self-aligning. Details of key elements, design concept, and principles of operation of the self-aligning coupler are described. A method of alignment verification using a strain-gaged specimen is then discussed. Results of verification tests indicate that bending below 1.5% is routinely achievable with the use of the load-train system. A successful compression creep test is demonstrated using a dumb-bell shaped silicon nitride specimen tested at 1300°C for a period in excess of 4000 h.

Copyright © 1996 by ASME
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