Materials and Processes in Manufacturing

E. Paul Degarmo, J T. Black, Ronald A. Kohser

Chapter 11 Nondestructive Evaluation

Brittle Coatings for Nondestructive Evaluation

An Overview of the Use of Brittle Coatings
If the coating applied to a surface is very thin compared to the substrate thickness, the coating does not affect part behavior. The strain in the coating is then the same as the strain at the substrate surface. If the strain in the coating is known then the test surface strain is known and the surface stress can be calculated. Note: only a particular stress/strain state is available from the test, i.e., the strain in the coating is known only for the conditions at which coating fracture occurs.

The procedure for measuring the strain in the part is

The procedure for calculating the stress in the part is


A Physical Example: A commonly used example of the requirement that describing brittle fracture must include both stress magnitude and direction is the breaking of chalk. Take a piece of chalk that is used to write on blackboards and try to break it by pulling on it along its length. Usually the chalk cannot be broken. If it can be broken, the orientation of the fracture surface is approximately perpendicular to the applied load direction.

Now if the ends of the chalk are twisted it is easy to break the chalk and the fracture is at an angle Ø of about 30° - 50° to the axis of the chalk. If the brittle chalk breaks due the action of the maximum stress acting, the implication is that the twisting action must have caused a maximum stress at the observed fracture angle Ø.


The calculation of the stress in a part using the known fracture strain of a brittle coating is provided


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