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Mechanical Properties and Oxidation Behaviour of Electroconductive Ceramic Composites

By M. Desmaison-brut, D. Tétard, C. Tixier, C. Faure and E. Chabas


Dense electroconductive ceramic-ceramic composites silicon carbide-hafnium diboride (SiC-HfB2) and silicon carbide-hafnium carbide (SiC-HfC) were obtained by Hot Pressing (HP). In view of the results, the high performance composite grade SiC-HfB2 has also been elaborated by Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP). For 25 mol % HfC or HfB2 content, the resistivity was low enough to allow electrodischarged machining (EDM). The mechanical and thermal properties as well as the wear and oxidation behaviours were evaluated and compared. The electroconductive boride composite (75-25 mol% SiC-HfB2) exhibits high mechanical properties. The benefit of the diboride phase's presence is also noticed in fluent oxygen, up to 1450°C. The SiC-HfB2 composite is as resistant as silicon carbide. This behaviour may be related to the formation of a borosilicate based oxide layer containing hafnium phases, which plays the role of a coating and which limits the B2O3 evaporation

Topics: properties
Year: 2008
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