Title

Mechanical Properties of Sintered ZrB₂-SiC Ceramics

Abstract

ZrB2 ceramics containing 10-30 vol% SiC were pressurelessly sintered to near full density (relative density >97%). The effects of carbon content, SiC volume fraction and SiC starting particle size on the mechanical properties were evaluated. Microstructure analysis indicated that higher levels of carbon additions (10 wt% based on SiC content) resulted in excess carbon at the grain boundaries, which decreased flexure strength. Elastic modulus, hardness, flexure strength and fracture toughness values all increased with increasing SiC content for compositions with 5 wt% carbon. Reducing the size of the starting SiC particles decreased the ZrB2 grain size and changed the morphology of the final SiC grains from equiaxed to whisker-like, also affecting the flexure strength. The ceramics prepared from middle starting powder with an equiaxed SiC grain morphology had the highest flexure strength (600 MPa) compared with ceramics prepared from finer or coarser SiC powders.

Department(s)

Materials Science and Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Zirconium Diboride; Silicon Carbide; Particle Size; Mechanical Properties

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2011 Elsevier, All rights reserved.


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