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Research Article | Open Access

Oxidation behaviors of carbon fiber reinforced multilayer SiC-Si3N4 matrix composites

Xiaolin DANGa,Donglin ZHAOa,Tong GUObXiaomeng FANa( )Jimei XUEaFang YEaYongsheng LIUaLaifei CHENGa
Science and Technology on Thermostructural Composite Materials Laboratory, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
Innovation Academy for Microsatellites of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201203, China

† Xiaolin Dang and Donglin Zhao contributed equally to this work.

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Oxidation behaviors of carbon fiber reinforced SiC matrix composites (C/SiC) are one of the most noteworthy properties. For C/SiC, the oxidation behavior was controlled by matrix microcracks caused by the mismatch of coefficients of thermal expansion (CTEs) and elastic modulus between carbon fiber and SiC matrix. In order to improve the oxidation resistance, multilayer SiC-Si3N4 matrices were fabricated by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) to alleviate the above two kinds of mismatch and change the local stress distribution. For the oxidation of C/SiC with multilayer matrices, matrix microcracks would be deflected at the transition layer between different layers of multilayer SiC-Si3N4 matrix to lengthen the oxygen diffusion channels, thereby improving the oxidation resistance of C/SiC, especially at 800 and 1000 ℃. The strength retention ratio was increased from 61.9% (C/SiC-SiC/SiC) to 75.7% (C/SiC-Si3N4/SiC/SiC) and 67.8% (C/SiC-SiC/Si3N4/SiC) after oxidation at 800 ℃ for 10 h.

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Journal of Advanced Ceramics
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Cite this article:
DANG X, ZHAO D, GUO T, et al. Oxidation behaviors of carbon fiber reinforced multilayer SiC-Si3N4 matrix composites. Journal of Advanced Ceramics, 2022, 11(2): 354-364.








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Received: 26 May 2021
Revised: 07 September 2021
Accepted: 20 September 2021
Published: 11 January 2022
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