The Effect of a Graphite Addition on Oxidation of ZrB₂–SiC in Air at 1500°C
Dense ZrB2 containing 15 vol.% SiC and 15 vol.% graphite was exposed to flowing air at 1500 °C. A layered scale structure developed that consisted of (1) a uniform SiO2-rich layer on the surface, (2) a layer of ZrO2 and SiO2, (3) a layer of ZrO2 (4) a partially oxidized layer composed of porous ZrB2, ZrO2, and graphite, and (5) unaffected ZrB2–SiC–C. A thermodynamic model based on volatility diagrams and consistent with the experimental observations was constructed to explain the development of the layered structure. Oxidation behavior was consistent with passive oxidation and formation of a protective surface layer. Analysis indicated that it may not be possible to form a protective surface layer without actively oxidizing SiC and producing a porous partially oxidized layer between the outer protective layer and the underlying unoxidized material.
A. Rezaie et al., "The Effect of a Graphite Addition on Oxidation of ZrB₂–SiC in Air at 1500°C," Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Elsevier, Feb 2013.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2012.09.016
Materials Science and Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
ZrB2; SiC; Oxidation; Carbon; Thermodynamic Model
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