Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
Polish Academy of Sciences


E. Wyszkowska

National Centre for Nuclear Research (PL)

Recent publications
1.  Ustrzycka A., Skoczeń B., Nowak M., Kurpaska Ł., Wyszkowska E., Jagielski J., Elastic–plastic-damage model of nano-indentation of the ion-irradiated 6061 aluminium alloy, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DAMAGE MECHANICS, ISSN: 1056-7895, DOI: 10.1177/1056789520906209, pp.1-35, 2020

The paper presents experimental and numerical characterization of damage evolution for ion-irradiated materials subjected to plastic deformation during nano-indentation. Ion irradiation technique belongs to the methods where creation of radiation-induced defects is controlled with a high accuracy (including both, concentration and depth distribution control), and allows to obtain materials having a wide range of damage level, usually expressed in terms of displacements per atom (dpa) scale. Ion affected layers are usually thin, typically less than 1 micrometer thick. Such a low thickness requires to use nano-indentation technique to measure the mechanical properties of the irradiated layers. The He or Ar ion penetration depth reaches approximately 150 nm, which is sufficient to perform several loading-partial-unloading cycles at increasing forces. Damage evolution is reflected by the force-displacement diagram, that is backed by the stress–strain relation including damage. In this work the following approach is applied: dpa is obtained from physics (irradiation mechanisms), afterwards, the radiation-induced damage is defined in the framework of continuum damage mechanics to solve the problem of further evolution of damage fields under mechanical loads. The nature of radiation-induced damage is close to porosity because of formation of clusters of vacancies. The new mathematical relation between radiation damage (dpa) and porosity parameter is proposed. Deformation process experienced by the ion irradiated materials during the nano-indentation test is then numerically simulated by using extended Gurson–Tvergaard– Needleman (GTN) model, that accounts for the damage effects. The corresponding numerical results are validated by means of the experimental measurements. It turns out, that the GTN model quite successfully reflects closure of voids, and increase of material density during the nano-indentation.

radiation-induced damage, evolution of vacancy clusters, nano-indentation test, ion irradiation, radiation hardening

Ustrzycka A. - IPPT PAN
Skoczeń B. - Cracow University of Technology (PL)
Nowak M. - IPPT PAN
Kurpaska Ł. - National Centre for Nuclear Research (PL)
Wyszkowska E. - National Centre for Nuclear Research (PL)
Jagielski J. - National Centre for Nuclear Research (PL)
2.  Chmielewski M., Nosewicz S., Wyszkowska E., Kurpaska Ł., Strojny-Nędza A., Piątkowska A., Bazarnik P., Pietrzak K., Analysis of the micromechanical properties of copper-silicon carbide composites using nanoindentation measurements, CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, ISSN: 0272-8842, DOI: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2019.01.257, Vol.45, No.7A, pp.9164-9173, 2019

The study presents a detailed analysis of the impact of the coating type of silicon carbide particles and its share by volume on the microstructure and micromechanical properties of Cu-SiC composites. In order to protect the carbide from decomposition during the manufacturing of the composites, the surface of SiC was modified via a plasma vapour deposition technique with a layer of metals (W, Cr, Ti and Ni). Composites with a variable share of the ceramic phase (10–50 %vol.) were obtained at a temperature of 950 °C using spark plasma sintering. An analysis of the structures of the composites, especially in the metal-ceramic boundary region, was conducted with the use of scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The mechanical properties of the composites in the Cu-interface-SiC system were studied via a nanoindentation technique. The comparison of the results of hardness and Young's modulus studies were completed in relation to the actual structures of the materials, which in turn made it possible to determine the impact of the interfacial structure on the global properties of the composite materials.

copper-silicon carbide composites, nanoindentation, SPS, interface study

Chmielewski M. - Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (PL)
Nosewicz S. - IPPT PAN
Wyszkowska E. - National Centre for Nuclear Research (PL)
Kurpaska Ł. - National Centre for Nuclear Research (PL)
Strojny-Nędza A. - Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (PL)
Piątkowska A. - Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (PL)
Bazarnik P. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Pietrzak K. - other affiliation

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