Spark plasma sintering of alumina composites with graphene platelets and silicon carbide nanoparticles

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This paper reports a study on sintering and characterization of alumina (Al2O3) ceramic composites with graphene platelets (GPLs) and silicon carbide (SiC) nanoparticles. 1, 3, and 5 vol% SiC and 0.38 vol% GPL are mixed with Al2O3powders and sintered in a spark plasma sintering system. The microstructures and mechanical properties of the composites are investigated. It is found that the composites reinforced with the dual fillers exhibit more uniform and finer microstructures than pure Al2O3 and average grain sizes of the composites decrease with the increasing percentage of SiC. Compared with pure Al2O3, the composites show approximately a 36% increase in hardness, a 40% increase in flexural strength and a 50% increase in fracture toughness. Toughening mechanisms induced by GPLs, such as crack bridging, pullout and crack deflection in the composites, are observed and discussed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1111-1118
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Engineering Materials
Issue number9
Early online date16 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014