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Correlation of fracture features with mechanical properties as a function of strain rate in zirconium alloys

Arpan Das and Jayanta Kumar Chakravartty


Two dimensional fracture features (i. e., dimple diameter, extent of tearing ridges etc.) quantified from the tensile fractographs are investigated to predict the nature of variation in mechanical properties with strain rates in zirconium alloys tested under ambient temperature where the initial inclusion or other second phase particle contents were kept unaltered. It has been possible to reasonably estimate the strength and ductility properties of an alloy from a systematic analysis of fractographic features.

*Correspondence address, Dr. Arpan Das, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Research Associate – 25th Batch, Mechanical Metallurgy Division, Materials Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Department of Atomic Energy), Trombay, Mumbai 400 085, Maharashtra, India. Tel.: +91-(0)22 2559 2907/2170, Fax: +91-(0)22 2550 5151, E-mail:


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Received: 2015-06-22
Accepted: 2015-10-08
Published Online: 2016-02-05
Published in Print: 2016-02-10

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