Anisotropy, size, and aspect ratio effects on micropillar compression of Al[sbnd]SiC nanolaminate composites

C. R. Mayer, L. W. Yang, S. S. Singh, J. Llorca, J. M. Molina-Aldareguia, Y. L. Shen, Nikhilesh Chawla

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Metal-ceramic nanolaminate composites show promise as high strength and toughness materials. Micropillar compression was used to characterize the mechanical behavior of Al[sbnd]SiC multilayers in different orientations including loading at 0°, 45° and 90° with respect to the direction of the layers. The 0° orientation showed the highest strength while the 45° orientation showed the lowest strength. Each orientation showed unique deformation behavior. Effects of pillar size and aspect ratio were also studied. Higher compressive strengths were observed in smaller pillars for all orientations. This effect was shown to be due to a lower probability of flaws using Weibull statistics. Additionally, changes in the aspect ratio was shown to have no significant effect on the behavior except an increase in the strain to failure in the 0° orientation. Finite element analysis (FEA) was used to simulate and understand the effect of these parameters on the deformation behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalActa Materialia
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • Finite elements
  • Multilayer
  • Nanocomposite
  • Orientation dependence
  • Weibull analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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