Improvement of Strength, Weibull Modulus and Damage Tolerance of SiC


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This paper reports the significant effects of addition of 30 nm SiC, polytitanocarbosilane and SiC fabric to enhance the mechanical reliability of SiC. The flexural strengths of dense SiC hot-pressed with 800 nm particles (average strength 565 MPa for Y2O3-Al2O3 additives and 640 MPa for Yb2O3-Al2O3 additives) were enhanced to average strength 735-820 MPa by the addition of 30 nm SiC particles (25 vol%). Addition of polytitanocarbosilane (3 vol%, precursor of SiC fiber) to the bimodal SiC powder compact with Y2O3-Al2O3 additives provided more excellent mechanical properties of average strength 910 MPa, fracture toughness 5.2 MPa·m1/2 and Weibull modulus 11.3. SiC fabric and SiC (60 vol%) - Al2O3 (40 vol%) sheet of 60 micrometer thick were alternatively laminated and bonded to the surfaces of dense SiC under the pressure of 5 MPa. The SiC fabric prevented the propagation of the cracks formed by Vickers indentor and showed a significant nonlinear stress-strain curve. As a result, no change in the strength was measured before and after the introduction of cracks.



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Y. Hirata et al., "Improvement of Strength, Weibull Modulus and Damage Tolerance of SiC", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 561-565, pp. 489-494, 2007

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