Thermal Shock Resistance of an A1N-BN-SiC Ceramic


Mechanical and thermal properties of AlN-BN-SiC (ABS) ceramics were used to calculate the R, R', and R"" thermal shock parameters. the R parameter values ranged from ∼400° to 450°C. Specimens were thermal shocked by water quenching and the critical quench temperatures (ΔTC) were compared with those of a baseline SiC composition. the behavior of the ABS was predicted by R parameter calculations while the behavior of the baseline material was predicted by the R' calculations due to its higher thermal conductivity (87 W•(m•K)-1) as compared with the ABS materials (∼30 W•(m•K)−1). the highest critical quench temperature for ABS was ∼415°C with the lowest at 360°C, while the critical quench temperature for the baseline material was 450°C. Using temperature dependent data over an appropriate temperature range (room temperature to the predicted ΔTC), the R parameters of the ABS materials were within 15°C of predictions. the baseline material was ∼1.7 times higher than predicted and this was attributed to the high-thermal conductivity of the material resulting in soft thermal shock during quench testing.


Materials Science and Engineering


U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command

Keywords and Phrases

ABS Ceramics; Mechanical Properties; Thermal Properties; Thermal Shock Parameters

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0002-7820; 1551-2916

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

01 May 2009