Densification, microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of WC doped HfB2-SiC ceramics

Ji Xuan Liu, Guo Jun Zhang*, Fang Fang Xu, Wen Wen Wu, Hai Tao Liu, Yoshio Sakka, Toshiyuki Nishimura, Tohru S. Suzuki, De Wei Ni, Ji Zou

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Despite of good oxidation resistance and ablation resistance, challenge to densify and tendency to loss high temperature (H.T.) strength have limited its potential applications in aerospace for HfB2-SiC ceramic. In this work, dense HfB2-SiC ceramic with improved H.T. flexural strength was prepared using WC as sintering aid. Pure HfB2-SiC ceramic exhibited creep deformation at 1600°C with measured strength value of 389±82MPa, whereas WC doped sample showed much higher flexural strength of 658±69MPa with linear elastic behavior prior to fracture. In addition to clean grain boundary, the addition of 5vol.%WC into HfB2-SiC ceramic promoted the formation of fine (Hf,W)B2, (Hf,W)C and WB precipitates. This combinative effect is responsible for its excellent H.T. mechanical property of WC doped HfB2-SiC ceramic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2707-2714
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Ceramic
  • Hafnium diboride
  • High-temperature properties
  • Sintering
  • UHTCs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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