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

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      ZrB 2–SiC/ZrSi 2 ceramics containing 30 vol% carbon fiber (C f) additive were fabricated by hot pressing at low temperature (1500 ℃) using submicron ZrB 2 powders, and their microstructural evolution and performance were investigated. The addition of SiC or ZrSi 2 significantly reduced the onset sintering temperature and enhanced the densification of ZrB 2. ZrB 2–ZrSi 2–C f showed poor performance owing to the serious fiber degradation, while the fiber degradation was effectively inhibited in ZrB 2–SiC–C f resulting in high fracture toughness, substantial fiber pull-out, and non-brittle fracture mode for such material. The critical thermal shock temperature difference of ZrB 2–SiC–C f was up to 741 ℃, significantly higher than those of ZrB 2–SiC/ZrSi 2 and ZrB 2–ZrSi 2–C f. Moreover, this composite displayed a good oxidation resistance at 1500 ℃ in air.

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      aSchool of Materials Science and Engineering, Anhui Polytechnic University, Wuhu 241000, China
      bNational Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Advanced Composites in Special Environments, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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      Journal of Advanced Ceramics
      Journal of Advanced Ceramics
      Tsinghua University Press (Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China )
      05 December 2018
      : 07
      : 04
      : 343-351 (pp. )
      10.1007/s40145-018-0284-2 2226-4108-07-04-343

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