Fabrication of high-temperature resistant oxide ceramic matrix composites

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The main objectives of this work are to develop and apply new ceramic matrix materials by which a relatively high level of densification of the final composite may be achieved by pressureless-sintering at temperatures close to 1200 degreesC. A cost-effective processing method for the production of oxide/oxide CMCs materials and components has been achieved. A range of interphase materials is applied to Nextel (TM) 720 fibres. These include zirconia, neodymium and lanthanum phosphate. A combination of ZrO2 and the AKP50 alumina powder have been selected as the successful candidates for the interphase and the matrix material, respectively. Work has been conducted on the preparation of slurry systems consisting of these two materials. The prime target was to establish the possibility of achieving good coating around the bulk of the fibres together with a high level of impregnation with the matrix material. Furthermore, the pressure infiltration technique has been applied and as a result composite samples with fibre volume content of 40%, and remaining porosity of around 20 vol% have been routinely produced. Composite room and high-temperature tensile strengths of around 200 MPa have been accomplished. (C) 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1007-1012
Number of pages6
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2001