Thermal properties of MoSi2 and SiC whisker-reinforced MoSi2
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The heat capacity, thermal conductivity and coefficient of thermal expansion of MoSi2 and 18 vol % SiC whisker-reinforced MoSi2 were investigated as a function of temperature. The materials were prepared by hot isostatic pressing between 1650 and 1700 °C, the hold time at temperature being 4 h. The heat capacity of MoSi2 showed an increase from about 0.44 Wsg−11K−1 at room temperature to 0.53 at 700 °C. Whisker reinforcement increased heat capacity by about 10%. Thermal conductivity exhibited a decreasing trend from 0.63 Wcm−1 K−1 at room temperature to 0.28 Wem−1 K−1 at 1400°C. Whiskers reduced conductivity by about 10%. The thermal expansion coefficient increased from 7.42 °C−1 between room temperature and 200 °C to 9.13 °C−1 between room temperature and 1200 °C. There was a 10% decrease resulting from the whiskers. The measured data are compared with literature values. The trends in the data and their potential implications for high-temperature aerospace applications of MoSi2 are discussed.
KeywordsPolymer Thermal Conductivity Heat Capacity Thermal Expansion Thermal Property
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