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This article reports the first example of 3D printed continuous SiO2 fiber reinforced wave-transparent ceramic composites via an adaptation of direct ink writing technology to improve the mechanical and dielectric properties of ceramics. The ceramic inks showed good printability by adding nano-SiO2 powder. The effective continuous fiber-reinforced printing progress was achieved through the design and optimization of the coaxial needle structures by finite element simulation. After printing, the continuous fibers were evenly and continuously distributed in the matrix ceramics and the high molding precision for fiber reinforced composite was kept. It is demonstrated that 10 vol% continuous SiO2 fiber improved the bending strength of ceramics by about 27% better than that of the ceramics without fiber and the dielectric performance has also been greatly improved. The novel method unravels the potential of direct ink writing of continuous fiber reinforced wave-transparent ceramics with complex structures and improved properties.


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Direct ink writing of continuous SiO2 fiber reinforced wave-transparent ceramics

Show Author's information Zhe ZHAOa,bGuoxiang ZHOUa,bZhihua YANGa,b,c( )Xianqi CAOdDechang JIAa,bYu ZHOUa,b
Key Laboratory of Advanced Structural-Functional Integration Materials & Green Manufacturing Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Institute for Advanced Ceramics, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080, China
State Key Laboratory of Advanced Welding and Joining, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Institute of Petrochemistry Heilongjiang Academy of Science, Harbin 150001, China

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This article reports the first example of 3D printed continuous SiO2 fiber reinforced wave-transparent ceramic composites via an adaptation of direct ink writing technology to improve the mechanical and dielectric properties of ceramics. The ceramic inks showed good printability by adding nano-SiO2 powder. The effective continuous fiber-reinforced printing progress was achieved through the design and optimization of the coaxial needle structures by finite element simulation. After printing, the continuous fibers were evenly and continuously distributed in the matrix ceramics and the high molding precision for fiber reinforced composite was kept. It is demonstrated that 10 vol% continuous SiO2 fiber improved the bending strength of ceramics by about 27% better than that of the ceramics without fiber and the dielectric performance has also been greatly improved. The novel method unravels the potential of direct ink writing of continuous fiber reinforced wave-transparent ceramics with complex structures and improved properties.

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3D printing, continuous fiber reinforced, rheology, dielectric properties
Received: 06 December 2019 Revised: 08 April 2020 Accepted: 15 April 2020 Published: 02 May 2020 Issue date: August 2020
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Received: 06 December 2019
Revised: 08 April 2020
Accepted: 15 April 2020
Published: 02 May 2020
Issue date: August 2020

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This work is supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (Nos. 2017YFB0310400 and 2017YFB0310402) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, No. 51972079).

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