Mechanical Properties of Sintered ZrB₂-SiC Ceramics
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.
S. C. Zhang et al., "Mechanical Properties of Sintered ZrB₂-SiC Ceramics," Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Elsevier, May 2011.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2010.11.013
Materials Science and Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Zirconium Diboride; Silicon Carbide; Particle Size; Mechanical Properties
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