Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Barium aluminosilicate (BAS) glass-ceramic composites reinforced with various volume percents (0, 10, 20, 30, 40 vol%) of SiC whiskers were fabricated by hot pressing. The microstructure, the whisker/matrix interface structure, the phase constitution, and the mechanical properties of the composites were systematically studied by means of SEM, TEM, and XRD techniques as well as by indentation crack microfracture and single-edge-notched-beam bend testing. It was demonstrated that the incorporation of SiC whiskers could significantly increase the flexural strength and fracture toughness of BAS glass-ceramic matrices. The addition of active Al2O3 to the BAS matrix reduced the amount of SiO2 in the matrix, forming needlelike mullite, which further improved the mechanical properties.
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