This work describes a process by which zirconium diboride (ZrB2) parts may be fabricated using the Ceramic On-Demand Extrusion (CODE) process. An oxide-carbide-nitride system consisting of ceramic powders and pre-ceramic organics, designed to yield ZrB2 after reaction sintering, has been developed to produce an aqueous-based extrudate for subsequent processing in the CODE system. Pressurelessly sintered test specimens containing 1 wt% PVA binder achieve high relative density ≥ 99%. The viscoelastic response of the extrudate was characterized via spindle rheometry with a small sample adapter. Batches with 1 wt% PVA and 0.5 wt% Methocel show strong shear thinning characteristic, under shear rates of 1-28 s-1. XRD and SEM were utilized for microstructural analysis to determine phase development and microstructural morphology.
D. McMillen et al., "Designed Extrudate for Additive Manufacturing of Zirconium Diboride by Ceramic On-Demand Extrusion," Solid Freeform Fabrication 2016, pp. 929-938, Aug 2016.
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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
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10 Aug 2016