Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
A combination of methods, Bragg diffraction, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and transmission electron microscopy, is applied to the characterization of nanodomains and nanocrystals in polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs). Detailed study of two materials, silicon carbonitride (SiCN) and a SiCN–zirconia nanocomposite, is presented. The first contains domains which can be measured only by SAXS. However, the nanocrystallites of zirconia in the second material can be quantatively studied by all three techniques. In both instances, we find the SAXS to be particularly useful because these data provide detailed information regarding the size distribution of the domains and the crystallites. This information can be valuable in understanding the materials science of PDCs: e,g., the change in the distribution and the average size of the nanoclusters can be modeled to understand the kinetic mechanisms of coarsening at high temperatures.
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