Title

Titanium Diboride-Silicon Carbide-Boron Carbide Ceramics with Super-High Hardness and Strength

Abstract

Triplex particulate composites composed of boride and carbide ceramics were found to have high strength, hardness, and fracture toughness values. Two compositions consisting of 70:15:15 and 1:1:1 volume ratios of TiB2, SiC, and B4C were produced from commercially available powders by hot-pressing. The 70:15:15 ceramic exhibited a strength of ~1.3 GPa, while the 1:1:1 ceramic had a strength of ~0.9 GPa. These strengths are comparable to super-strong Y2O3-PSZ and β-SiAlON based composites. The Vickers' hardness values of these ceramics were ~32 GPa for indent loads of 9.8 N. Hardness increased as indentation load decreased. The 1:1:1 ceramic had a hardness of ~53 GPa at an indentation load of 0.49 N, higher than values reported for so-called "super-hard" ceramics, and comparable to c-BN.

Department(s)

Materials Science and Engineering

Comments

This work was financially supported by the National Science Foundation under grants DMR 0346800 and 0906584.

Keywords and Phrases

Boron Carbide; Silicon Carbide; Super-Hard; Super-Strong; Titanium Diboride

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0002-7820; 1551-2916

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2017 American Ceramic Society, All rights reserved.

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