Thermal shock behavior of silicon oxycarbide foams

Paolo Colombo, John R. Hellmann, David L. Shelleman

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Silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) ceramic foams, obtained from the pyrolysis of a preceramic polymer, were subjected to thermal multiple cycles from 800°-1200°C to room temperature in a water bath. Flexural and compression strengths, as well as elastic modulus, were characterized before and after quenching. Excellent thermal shock and cycling resistance behavior was observed, with only moderate strength and stiffness degradation. The phase assemblage of the foam remained unchanged, and no crack formation in the foams was observed. However, microstructural characterization revealed the development of porosity in the struts and cell walls due to the oxidation of residual carbon in the amorphous SiOC material, thereby contributing to a small decrease in stiffness after quenching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2306-2312
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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