Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Microstructural characterization of boron-containing SiC-reinforced SiC composites exposed at high temperature in high-water-vapor-pressure environments was used to determine surface recession rates and to understand the controlling degradation processes under these conditions. Results showed that composite degradation was controlled by a series of reactions involving the formation of silica, boria, borosilicate glass, and gaseous products. Comparison of results (from characterization of composites exposed at 1200°C and 1.5 atm of H2O in a laboratory furnace and in the combustion zone of a gas turbine) showed that these reactions were common to both exposure conditions and, consequently, there was little effect of gas velocity on degradation rates of boron-containing SiC/SiC composite materials.
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