WJM  Vol.4 No.3 , March 2014
Mechanical Properties for Reliability Analysis of Structures in Glassy Carbon
Author(s) Cédric Garion*

Despite its good physical properties, the glassy carbon material is not widely used, especially for structural applications. Nevertheless, its transparency to particles and temperature resistance are interesting properties for the applications to vacuum chambers and components in high energy physics. For example, it has been proposed for fast shutter valve in particle accelerator [1] [2]. The mechanical properties have to be carefully determined to assess the reliability of structures in such a material. In this paper, mechanical tests have been carried out to determine the elastic parameters, the strength and toughness on commercial grades. A statistical approach, based on the Weibull’s distribution, is used to characterize the material both in tension and compression. The results are compared to the literature and the difference of properties for these two loading cases is shown. Based on a Finite Element analysis, a statistical approach is applied to define the reliability of a structural component in glassy carbon. In this paper, the determination of the mechanical properties of glassy carbon allows the analysis of reliability of structures in glassy carbon.

Cite this paper
Garion, C. (2014) Mechanical Properties for Reliability Analysis of Structures in Glassy Carbon. World Journal of Mechanics, 4, 79-89. doi: 10.4236/wjm.2014.43009.
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