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Using Nano-impact on layered MAX phase systems

Nano-impact is a unique tool for investigating the mechanical response and deformation characteristics of materials under high strain rates.

In the article linked below, nano-impact was used by researchers at the University of Huddersfield on a Cr2AlC MAX phase to assess the mechanical response of the coating under dynamic loading conditions. No failure or localised fracture was observed – instead the coating exhibited impact-induced ductile slip in the layered material.

Secondary electron micrograph showing a Cr2AlC film after nano-impact testing.

MAX phase systems, with their unique layered structures, possess an unusual combination of chemical, physical, electrical, and mechanical properties, exhibiting both metallic and ceramic characteristics. These properties make them an ideal candidates for neutron irradiation resistant parts in nuclear applications.

Find out more using the links below:

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/13/eabf6771

https://ceramics.org/ceramic-tech-today/nuclear-2/max-radiation-protection-for-next-generation-nuclear-power-plants

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