Pressureless Sintering of Zirconium Diboride using Boron Carbide and Carbon Additions
The synergistic roles of boron carbide and carbon additions in the enhanced densification of zirconium diboride (ZrB2) by pressureless sintering have been studied. ZrB2 was sintered to >99% relative density at 1900⁰C. The combination of 2 wt% boron carbide and 1 wt% carbon promoted densification by removing surface oxide impurities (ZrO2 and B2O3) and inhibiting grain growth. Four-point bending strength (473±43 MPa), Vickers' microhardness (19.6±0.4 GPa), fracture toughness (3.5±0.6 MPa·m 1/2), and Young's modulus (507 GPa) were measured. Thermal gravimetry showed that the combination of additives did not have an adverse effect on the oxidation behavior.
S. Zhu et al., "Pressureless Sintering of Zirconium Diboride using Boron Carbide and Carbon Additions," Journal of the American Ceramic Society, vol. 90, no. 11, pp. 3660-3663, Wiley-Blackwell, Nov 2007.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1551-2916.2007.01936.x
Materials Science and Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Thermal gravimetry; Zirconium diboride; Boron carbide; Carbon; Elastic moduli; Gravimetric analysis; Impurities; Oxidation; Sintering, Zirconium compounds
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