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Spark Plasma Sintered B4C—Structural, Thermal, Electrical and Mechanical Properties

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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
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Renewable Energy and Chemical Transportation Cluster, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
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Department of Material Science and Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
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Institute for Problems of Materials Science, 3 Krzhizhanovsky St., 03142 Kyiv, Ukraine
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Department of Material Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Centre for Materials Research, School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
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Laboratory for High-Performance Ceramics, Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science & Technology CH-8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland
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Materials 2020, 13(7), 1612; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071612
Received: 18 February 2020 / Revised: 18 March 2020 / Accepted: 25 March 2020 / Published: 1 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Production and Processing of High Performance Ceramic)
The structural, thermal, electrical and mechanical properties of fully dense B4C ceramics, sintered using Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS), were studied and compared to the properties of B4C ceramics previously published in the literature. New results on B4C’s mechanical responses were obtained by nanoindentation and ring-on-ring biaxial strength testing. The findings contribute to a more complete knowledge of the properties of B4C ceramics, an important material in many industrial applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: boron carbide; mechanical properties; ring-on-ring test; finite elements analysis boron carbide; mechanical properties; ring-on-ring test; finite elements analysis
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Kuliiev, R.; Orlovskaya, N.; Hyer, H.; Sohn, Y.; Lugovy, M.; Ha, D.; Radovic, M.; Castle, E.G.; Reece, M.J.; Vallachira Warriam Sasikumar, P.; Conti, L.; Graule, T.; Kuebler, J.; Blugan, G. Spark Plasma Sintered B4C—Structural, Thermal, Electrical and Mechanical Properties. Materials 2020, 13, 1612.

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