Microstructure and Properties of Directionally Solidified NbSi2/ Nb5Si3 Composites


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NbSi2 is an attractive material for high temperature applications due to its high melting point, low density and good oxidation resistance. The high-temperature strength of NbSi2 is expected to be further improved by incorporation with Nb5Si3, which performs a high creep resistance and strength at high temperature due to its complex crystal structure. In this paper, directionally solidified NbSi2/ Nb5Si3 in-situ composites have been prepared using an optical floating zone method. Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) have been used to investigate the phase constitution and microstructure. The orientation relationship between Nb5Si3 and NbSi2 is investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). High-temperature properties of alloys are tested by compression at the strain rate of 1×10-4/s at 1673K and 1773K. It was found that high temperature strength and phase constitution of directionally solidified alloys depended on the addition of Mo.



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W. Li et al., "Microstructure and Properties of Directionally Solidified NbSi2/ Nb5Si3 Composites", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 475-479, pp. 733-736, 2005

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