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Materials 2018, 11(2), 279;

Thermal Properties of SiOC Glasses and Glass Ceramics at Elevated Temperatures

Institut für Materialwissenschaft, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Otto-Berndt-Straße 3, D-64287 Darmstadt, Germany
Eduard-Zintl-Institut für Anorganische und Physikalische Chemie, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Alarich-Weiss-Straße 12, D-64287 Darmstadt, Germany
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Received: 30 January 2018 / Revised: 7 February 2018 / Accepted: 8 February 2018 / Published: 10 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymer Derived Ceramics and Applications)
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In the present study, the effect of the chemical and phase composition on the thermal properties of silicon oxide carbides (SiOC) has been investigated. Dense monolithic SiOC materials with various carbon contents were prepared and characterized with respect to their thermal expansion, as well as thermal conductivity. SiOC glass has been shown to exhibit low thermal expansion (e.g., ca. 3.2 × 10−6 K−1 for a SiOC sample free of segregated carbon) and thermal conductivity (ca. 1.5 W/(m∙K)). Furthermore, it has been observed that the phase separation, which typically occurs in SiOC exposed to temperatures beyond 1000–1200 °C, leads to a decrease of the thermal expansion (i.e., to 1.83 × 10−6 K−1 for the sample above); whereas the thermal conductivity increases upon phase separation (i.e., to ca. 1.7 W/(m∙K) for the sample mentioned above). Upon adjusting the amount of segregated carbon content in SiOC, its thermal expansion can be tuned; thus, SiOC glass ceramics with carbon contents larger than 10–15 vol % exhibit similar coefficients of thermal expansion to that of the SiOC glass. Increasing the carbon and SiC content in the studied SiOC glass ceramics leads to an increase in their thermal conductivity: SiOC with relatively large carbon and silicon carbides (SiC) volume fractions (i.e., 12–15 and 20–30 vol %, respectively) were shown to possess thermal conductivities in the range from 1.8 to 2.7 W/(m∙K). View Full-Text
Keywords: silicon oxycarbide; silicon oxide carbide; thermal transport; thermal conductivity; thermal expansion silicon oxycarbide; silicon oxide carbide; thermal transport; thermal conductivity; thermal expansion

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Stabler, C.; Reitz, A.; Stein, P.; Albert, B.; Riedel, R.; Ionescu, E. Thermal Properties of SiOC Glasses and Glass Ceramics at Elevated Temperatures. Materials 2018, 11, 279.

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