Effect of thermochemical treatments on the strength and microstructure of SiC fibres
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The room-temperature strength of commercially available polymer-derived SiC fibres degrades during the typical high-temperature thermal cycle used in ceramic matrix composite fabrication. Substantial improvements in retained room-temperature strength for two different commercially available fibres were observed after annealing in carbon powder at temperatures up to 1600 °C. Further improvements in strength were observed for both fibres when heat treated in CO atmospheres. X-ray diffraction, TEM, SEM, auger electron spectroscopy, and optical microscopy were used to characterize the microstructure and chemistry of these heattreated fibres in order to understand better the degradation mechanisms of the fibres as well as their improved strength retention.
KeywordsMicrostructure Optical Microscopy Auger Thermal Cycle Substantial Improvement
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