Thermal Shock Resistance of ZrB₂ and ZrB₂-30% SiC
Thermal shock of high density (>99% relative density) zirconium diboride (ZrB2) and zirconium diboride containing 30 vol.% silicon carbide (SiC) was studied. Calculations based on thermal shock theory indicated that ZrB2-30 vol.% SiC should have greater thermal shock resistance than ZrB2 due to its higher fracture strength. Water quench tests revealed essentially the same critical thermal shock values for both materials (ΔTcrit = not, vert, similar400 °C). A finite element model was used to estimate the temperatures and stresses in both ceramics during quench testing. The model predicted that maximum thermal stresses during the experimental quench test exceeded the strength of ZrB2 (568 MPa) but not ZrB2-30 vol.% SiC (863 MPa). The lower than predicted thermal shock resistance of ZrB2-SiC was attributed to the non-uniform cooling between the ZrB2 matrix grains and the SiC particulate phase.
J. W. Zimmermann et al., "Thermal Shock Resistance of ZrB₂ and ZrB₂-30% SiC," Materials Chemicsty and Physics, Elsevier, Nov 2008.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matchemphys.2008.05.048
Materials Science and Engineering
United States. Air Force. Office of Scientific Research
Keywords and Phrases
Borides; Ceramics; Mechanical Testing; Thermomechanical Effects
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