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Fabrication of Silicon Carbide (SiC) Coatings from Pyrolysis of Polycarbosilane/Aluminum

  • Daxiang YangEmail author
  • Yuxi YuEmail author
  • Xiaofeng Zhao
  • Yongcai Song
  • Eddie Lopez-Honorato
  • Ping Xiao
  • Delin Lai
Article

Abstract

The SiC coatings were fabricated by the pyrolysis of polycarbosilane (PCS)/aluminum, in which PCS acts as precermaic precursor of SiC and aluminum (Al) powder acts as an active filler to both compensate the volume shrinkage of SiC coatings during pyrolysis and enhance the adhesion of SiC coatings with Fecralloy substrate. SiC coatings as thick as ~35 μm without cracking can be fabricated through our approach. Microstructural analysis revealed that the SiC coatings were composed of α-Al2O3 and β-SiC. Hardness and modulus of the SiC coatings as measured by nano-indentation were 12.2 ± 4.0 and 153.7 ± 47.0 GPa, respectively.

Keywords

Polycarbosilane Aluminum Silicon carbide Coating 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors thank the support of China Scholarship Council. We also thank Dr. Ian Shapiro and Dr. Libo Deng for the very helpful discussions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daxiang Yang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yuxi Yu
    • 2
    Email author
  • Xiaofeng Zhao
    • 3
  • Yongcai Song
    • 4
  • Eddie Lopez-Honorato
    • 3
  • Ping Xiao
    • 3
  • Delin Lai
    • 2
  1. 1.Science and Technology on Remanufacturing LaboratoryThe Academy of Armored Forces EngineeringBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Fujian Key Laboratory of Advanced MaterialsXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  3. 3.Materials Science CenterUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  4. 4.Key Lab of C. F. C, Institute of Aerospace and Materials EngineeringNational University of Defense TechnologyChangshaChina

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