Mechanical properties of a zircon matrix composite reinforced with silicon carbide whiskers and filaments
The influence of a silicon carbide whisker reinforcement on room temperature mechanical properties of a monolithic zircon ceramic and zircon composites uniaxially reinforced with silicon carbide monofilaments was studied in a flexure mode. The strength of a monolithic zircon was increased by the addition of whisker reinforcement, but the composite failure was still brittle in nature. In contrast, zircon composites reinforced with SiC whiskers and filaments showed toughened composite-like behaviour and produced higher first matrix cracking strength and toughness than the composites reinforced with only SiC filaments. In addition, the whisker reinforcement had insignificant influence on the ultimate strength of filament-reinforced composites. These results were related to changes in measured fibre-matrix interfacial properties, which indicated that composites with high first matrix cracking strength and toughness can be designed and fabricated via independently tailoring the matrix and the fibre-matrix interfacial properties.
KeywordsPolymer Mechanical Property Zircon Carbide Brittle
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