Advanced Composites and Hybrid Materials

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 685–695 | Cite as

Progress in research and development on matrix modification of continuous fiber-reinforced silicon carbide matrix composites

  • Xiaomeng FanEmail author
  • Xiaowei Yin


Continuous fiber-reinforced SiC matrix composites, as the most common ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), have been extensively studied in the last two decades due to low density, high strength at high temperatures, good corrosion resistance, and thermal shock resistance. Matrix modification is an effective way to obtain high-performance CMCs by the combination of tailored fiber, interphase, and matrix. This paper summarized the progress on SiC-based CMCs containing modified matrix, and the advantages brought by the hybrid matrices were revealed. For different application fields, different second phases were introduced into SiC matrix, such as B-containing phases to improve the oxidation resistance, ultra-high-temperature ceramics to improve the ablation resistance, and high electrical conductivity phases to improve the electromagnetic interference shielding properties and the phases with low complex permittivity to adjust the dielectric properties to improve the electromagnetic absorbing performance. With the formation of hybrid matrices by introducing second phases, it can essentially improve the environment performance and extend the application fields of SiC-based CMCs.

Graphical abstract

In order to obtain the multifunctional ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), various kinds of second phases were introduced to form hybrid matrices. Like the introduction of MAX phases, the modified CMCs not only have excellent strength and toughness, but also have excellent electromagnetic interference shielding properties.


Ceramic matrix composites Hybrid matrices Structural and functional properties 


Funding information

The authors are grateful for the supports of the Natural Science Foundation of China (Project Nos. 51725205 and 51702261) and the 111 Project (B08040).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science and Technology on Thermostructural Composite Materials LaboratoryNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anPeople’s Republic of China

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