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The effect of chemical environment (a homologous series of n-alcohols) on the near-surface hardness and wear behaviour of two glass-bonded ceramics has been investigated. A change by upto a factor of two in both these parameters may be observed, with a good correlation between them. The indentation fracture behaviour of one material was also studied, and the environmental dependence of crack length suggests a slow crack-growth mechanism. The results show that the near-surface mechanical properties of ceramics may be modified by environmental means. © 1987 Chapman and Hall Ltd.

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Journal of Materials Science

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3917 - 3923