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Development of ZrB2-SiC-Ti by multi stage spark plasma sintering at 1600 degrees C

Purwar, Anupam and Mukherjee, Ragini and Ravikumar, Krishnamurthy and Ariharan, S and Gopinath, Nagarajan Kirupakaran and Basu, Bikramjit (2016) Development of ZrB2-SiC-Ti by multi stage spark plasma sintering at 1600 degrees C. In: JOURNAL OF THE CERAMIC SOCIETY OF JAPAN, 124 (4). pp. 393-402.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2109/jcersj2.15260


Zirconium diboride based ceramics, owing to their superior high temperature properties are potential materials for use as leading edge components in hypersonic space vehicles. However, the difficulty in sintering these ultra high temperature ceramics limit their applications to some extent. Sintering of such materials is usually accomplished by resorting to advanced sintering techniques such as Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) accompanied by sinter aids to improve the sinterability. In this backdrop, the current work investigates the effect of Ti addition on the mechanical properties and sinterability of ZrB2-based ceramic composites. Tailored addition of Ti to ZrB2-18 wt. % SiC baseline composites not only improves the densification but also increases hardness and indentation toughness, when sintered using Multi Stage Spark Plasma Sintering technique. Microstructure and X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the presence of ultrafine grains of ZrB2 and SiC, which is found to be effective in obtaining a good hardness (up to 29 GPa) and reliable indentation toughness (up to 9 MPa center dot m(1/2)). (C) 2016 The Ceramic Society of Japan. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the CERAMIC SOC JAPAN-NIPPON SERAMIKKUSU KYOKAI, 22-17, HYAKUNIN-CHO 2-CHOME, SHINJUKU-KU, TOKYO, 169-0073, JAPAN
Keywords: Spark plasma sintering; Zirconium diboride; Titanium; Microstructure; Mechanical properties; Coupled thermo-structural analysis
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 10:37
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 10:37
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/54424

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