Open Access Research Article Issue
Enhanced mechanical properties and thermal shock resistance of Si2BC3N ceramics with SiC coated MWCNTs
Journal of Advanced Ceramics 2019, 8 (1): 121-132
Published: 13 March 2019

Bulk Si2BC3N ceramics were reinforced with SiC coated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The phase compositions, mechanical properties, and thermal shock resistance, as well as the oxidation resistance of the designed Si2BC3N ceramics were comparatively investigated. The results show that nano SiC coating can be formed on MWCNTs through pyrolyzing polysilazane, which improves the oxidation resistance of MWCNTs. A stronger chemical bonding is formed between the SiC coated MWCNTs and SiC particles, contributing to improved flexural strength (532.1 MPa) and fracture toughness (6.66 MPa·m1/2). Besides, the 2 vol% SiC coated MWCNTs reinforced Si2BC3N ceramics maintains much higher residual strength (193.0 MPa) after thermal shock test at 1000 ℃. The enhanced properties should be attributed to: (1) the breaking of MWCNTs and the debonding between MWCNTs and SiC interfaces, which leads to more energy dissipation; (2) the rough surfaces of SiC coated MWCNTs increase the adhesion strength during the "pull out" of MWCNTs.

Open Access Research Article Issue
Enhanced thermal shock and oxidation resistance of Si2BC3N ceramics through MWCNTs incorporation
Journal of Advanced Ceramics 2018, 7 (3): 276-288
Published: 10 October 2018

Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) reinforced Si2BC3N ceramics were prepared through mechanical alloying (MA) and following spark plasma sintering (SPS). The thermal shock resistance of Si2BC3N ceramics was evaluated comparatively through ice water quenching test and theoretical prediction. Furthermore, the oxidation resistance of MWCNTs incorporated Si2BC3N ceramics was evaluated under high temperature. The results show that the calculated parameters such as the critical thermal shock temperature (R) and the thermal stresses resistance (Rst), as well as the toughness (R′′′′) are improved with addition of 1 vol% MWCNTs. In addition, the crack propagation resistance of 1 vol% MWCNTs incorporated Si2BC3N ceramics is obviously improved through generating more tortuous crack propagation paths attributing to the “crack bridging”, “pull-out”, and “crack deflection” mechanisms of MWCNTs. Therefore, the residual strengths of 1 vol% MWCNTs containing specimens remained the highest after the thermal shock tests. Besides, the present work also reveals that the oxidation resistance is more sensitive to relative density than MWCNTs addition.

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