The spontaneous microcracking of particulate TiB2-SiC composites is studied as a function of TiB2 volume fraction. The degree of microcracking was examined by measuring elastic properties from room temperature to 1300°C. The results showed that only one composition contains microcracks. All other compositions did not microcrack regardless of TiB2 volume fraction. This was attributed to the difference in the sintering aids. In particular, the A12O3 sintering aid needed in these compositions had reacted with SiO2 to form an amorphous grain boundary phase that allowed residual stresses to relax by viscous flow at moderate to high temperatures. The existence of this amorphous grain boundary phase was directly observed by transmission electron microscopy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of the American Ceramic Society|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ceramics and Composites
- Materials Chemistry