Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China
JOURNAL OF RAILWAY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
|Vol. 9 No. 4 December 1999|
（School of Materials Science and Engineering; Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Shanghai 200030; P. R. China）
Abstract:In-situ straining SEM observations of an intermetallic Al_67Mn_8Ti_25 alloy were carried out on sheet specimens containing notch with root radius about 100μm. The results show that the crack initiation occurs at notch root along grain boundary, and it grows very rapidly in transgranular manner. During the crack growing, some crack branches and segments are formed. Occasionally when the crack propagates in the direction close to grain boundary, it grows intergranularly along a part of boundary. The observed crack propagation process indicates that the alloy is very brittle at ambient temperatures.
Key words: Al_3Ti alloys; in-situ observation; crack propagation