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Journal of Advanced Ceramics

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 343–351 | Cite as

Microstructural evolution and performance of carbon fiber-toughened ZrB2 ceramics with SiC or ZrSi2 additive

  • Kaixuan GuiEmail author
  • Fangyu Liu
  • Gang Wang
  • Zhongjia Huang
  • Ping Hu
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Abstract

ZrB2–SiC/ZrSi2 ceramics containing 30 vol% carbon fiber (Cf) additive were fabricated by hot pressing at low temperature (1500 °C) using submicron ZrB2 powders, and their microstructural evolution and performance were investigated. The addition of SiC or ZrSi2 significantly reduced the onset sintering temperature and enhanced the densification of ZrB2. ZrB2–ZrSi2–Cf showed poor performance owing to the serious fiber degradation, while the fiber degradation was effectively inhibited in ZrB2–SiC–Cf resulting in high fracture toughness, substantial fiber pull-out, and non-brittle fracture mode for such material. The critical thermal shock temperature difference of ZrB2–SiC–Cf was up to 741 °C, significantly higher than those of ZrB2–SiC/ZrSi2 and ZrB2–ZrSi2–Cf. Moreover, this composite displayed a good oxidation resistance at 1500 °C in air.

Keywords

carbon fibers microstructural evolution hot pressing thermal shock resistance oxidation resistance 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Financial support was provided by Scientific Research Starting Foundation of Anhui Polytechnic University of China (No. 2017YQQ009) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. HIT.BRETIII.201506).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaixuan Gui
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fangyu Liu
    • 1
  • Gang Wang
    • 1
  • Zhongjia Huang
    • 1
  • Ping Hu
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringAnhui Polytechnic UniversityWuhuChina
  2. 2.National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Advanced Composites in Special EnvironmentsHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina

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