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Space-Age Ceramics Get Their Toughest Test Print
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:52


Advanced ceramic composites can withstand the ultrahigh operational temperatures projected for hypersonic jet and next generation gas turbine engines, but real-time analysis of the mechanical properties of these space-age materials at ultrahigh temperatures has been a challenge – until now. Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley researchers have developed the first testing facility at ALS Beamline 8.3.2 that enables CT-scanning of ceramic composites under controlled loads at ultrahigh temperatures and in real-time.

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(Left) Schematic illustration of the in situ ultrahigh temperature tensile test rig for synchrotron x-ray computed microtomography now being used at ALS Beamline 8.3.2. (Right) CT scans showing the formation of microcracks in ceramic composites under applied tensile loads at 1,750 degrees Celsius.