Effect of the Rare Earth Oxides on Sintering Behavior and Microstructure of ZrB2-SiC Ceramics
In this study, two rare earth oxides, Y2O3 and La2O3, are used as the additives in the sintering of ZrB2-SiC composites to improve the sinterability and control development of microstructure during densification. The results show that the use of rare earth oxides (5vol.%) improves the powder sinterability, hindered excessive growth of matrix particles and increase fracture toughness of ZrB2-SiC composites, in comparison to ZrB2-SiC with additions free. Nearly full dense materials are obtained by hot pressing at 1900°C. XRD analyses indicate that lanthanum-containing phases were formed in the composite with La2O3. Microstructure observations by SEM reveal that the grain size of ZrB2-SiC with Y2O3 and La2O3 composites are less than the sample without additives, which indicates Y2O3 and La2O3 may restrain the grain growth and increase the fracture toughness. The fracture toughness of ZrB2-SiC composites with Y2O3 and La2O3 reached 5.0MPa·m1/2 and 5.5MPa·m1/2 respectively. Therefore, the additive Y2O3 and La2O3 are very effective as sintering aids for the ZrB2-SiC composite.
Wei Pan and Jianghong Gong
X. Y. Li et al., "Effect of the Rare Earth Oxides on Sintering Behavior and Microstructure of ZrB2-SiC Ceramics", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 368-372, pp. 1740-1742, 2008