Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 107, Issue 2, pp 447–452 | Cite as

Imaging and diffusion structural diagnostics of silicon carbide-based composites and fibers

  • H. Tatlisu
  • V. Balek
  • I. N. Beckman
  • N. Kardjilov
  • A. Hilger
  • H. Rauch


The aim of this study is to characterize the microstructure and high temperature induced structural changes within fiber reinforced silicon carbide (SiCf/SiC) composites by means of non-destructive techniques. In order to understand their properties, the characterization of the microstructure of SiCf/SiC composites is the crucial issue. Porosity within composites is unavoidable with currently available manufacturing processes, and reduces significantly the life time and performance of the composites under harsh environments. Moreover, the internal pores, created in the manufacturing process cause the degradation most of the outstanding properties such as thermal conductivity, mechanical properties at high temperature, and radiation stability. Cold neutron tomography and diffusion structural diagnostic techniques were applied in the investigation of the microstructure of SiCf/SiC composites to gain complementary information. One of the main obstacles to using these composites in fusion technology and other applications are a change of the porous structure and a swelling at high temperatures and in a severe radiation environment. Cold neutron tomography enables visualization of the microstructure of the composite and consequently the pore distributions within the SiCf/SiC composite were observed with a suitable resolution. The diffusion structural diagnostic technique was used to characterize the thermal behavior of SiCf/SiC composites on heating up to 1300 °C.


Emanation Fusion technology Neutron tomography SiCf/SiC inner microstructure Thermal analysis 



This study has been supported by the Ministry of Education, Youths and Sports of the Czech Republic (Project No. MSM 2672244501) and by the European Communities under the contract of Association between EUATOM/ÖAW.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Tatlisu
    • 1
  • V. Balek
    • 2
  • I. N. Beckman
    • 3
  • N. Kardjilov
    • 4
  • A. Hilger
    • 4
  • H. Rauch
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics (Formerly Atominstitute)ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Research Centre Institute Řež LtdŘežCzech Republic
  3. 3.Chemical FacultyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (Formerly Hahn-Meitner Institut)BerlinGermany

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