Micro-Chemistry and Mechanical Behaviour of Ti6Al4V-SiCf Composite Produced by HIP for Aeronautical Applications
The paper reports the results of an extensive characterization of the Ti6Al4V-SiCf composite produced by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) to assess its capability to withstand the in-service conditions of turbine blades operating at middle temperatures in aeronautical engines. The microstructure of composite, in as-fabricated condition and after long-term heat treatments (up to 1,000 hours) in the temperature range 673-873 K, has been investigated by means of different techniques. Particular attention was paid to the micro-chemical evolution of fibre-matrix interface which is scarcely affected also by the most severe heat treatments examined here. This leads to stable mechanical properties as evidenced by hardness, tensile and FIMEC instrumented indentation tests. Therefore, the composite can operate at the maximum temperature (873 K) foreseen for its aeronautical applications without remarkable modifications of its microstructure and degradation of mechanical properties. The mechanical characterization has been completed by internal friction and dynamic modulus measurements carried out both at constant and increasing temperature, from 80 to 1173 K.
Lorella Ceschini and Roberto Montanari
P. Deodati et al., "Micro-Chemistry and Mechanical Behaviour of Ti6Al4V-SiCf Composite Produced by HIP for Aeronautical Applications", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 678, pp. 23-47, 2011