Title

Pressureless Densification of Zirconium Diboride with Boron Carbide Additions

Abstract

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 1900°C. 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·m1/2), 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.

Department(s)

Materials Science and Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Boron Carbide Additions; Pressureless Densification; Zirconium Diboride

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2006 Wiley-Blackwell, All rights reserved.

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