Selection of the optimum shape for interface edge can produce significant increases in the strength of bonded dissimilar materials such as ceramic to metal joints. The focus of this study is to clarify an effect of interface edge shape on bonding strength of ceramic to metal joint. Each plate Si3N4 to Ni joint with arc interface of convexity or concavity is produced by Electric Discharge machining. The arc interface is characterized by edge angle defined as a configuration angle between tangential line at the edge of the interface and the free surface of the ceramic. Each joint is bonded at high temperature by using thin braze metal under vacuum and slowly cooled. A good fit on each bonded face is achieved in this process. The dependence of the bonding strength on the edge angle is experimentally clarified. The result shows that changing the edge angle from the right angle improves the bonding strength since it decreases the residual stress near edge of the interface. The highest bonding strength always appears at the identical interface condition where fracture pattern changes. It appears that the optimum edge angle for obtaining the highest bonding strength depends on bonding temperature.

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