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Effect of Milling on the Mechanical Properties of Chopped SiC Fiber-Reinforced ZrB2
CNR-ISTEC, National Research Council of Italy-Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics, Via Granarolo 64, I-48018 Faenza, Italy
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Received: 22 March 2013; in revised form: 8 May 2013 / Accepted: 8 May 2013 / Published: 15 May 2013
Abstract: This work aims at studying the effect of the milling conditions on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a ZrB2-5 vol% Si3N4 matrix reinforced with chopped Hi-Nicalon SiC fibers. Several composites were obtained using different milling conditions in terms of time, speed and type of milling media. The composites were prepared from commercial powders, ball milled, dried and shaped, and hot pressed at 1720 °C. Their relative bulk densities achieved values as high as 99%. For each material the fiber length distribution, the extent of reacted fiber area and matrix mean grain size were evaluated in order to ascertain the effects of milling time, milling speed and type of milling media. While the fracture toughness and hardness were statistically the same independently of the milling conditions, the flexural strength changed. From the results obtained, the best milling conditions for optimized mechanical properties were determined.
Keywords: milling; chopped fiber; fracture toughness; strength
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Pienti, L.; Sciti, D.; Silvestroni, L.; Guicciardi, S. Effect of Milling on the Mechanical Properties of Chopped SiC Fiber-Reinforced ZrB2. Materials 2013, 6, 1980-1993.
Pienti L, Sciti D, Silvestroni L, Guicciardi S. Effect of Milling on the Mechanical Properties of Chopped SiC Fiber-Reinforced ZrB2. Materials. 2013; 6(5):1980-1993.
Pienti, L.; Sciti, D.; Silvestroni, L.; Guicciardi, S. 2013. "Effect of Milling on the Mechanical Properties of Chopped SiC Fiber-Reinforced ZrB2." Materials 6, no. 5: 1980-1993.