High-strength silicon carbide fibre-reinforced glass-matrix composites
Silicon carbide fibre-reinforced glass-matrix composites have been fabricated and tested. Two fibre forms, a 140 μm diameter monofilament and a 10 μm diameter filamentary yarn, were incorporated into a matrix of borosilicate glass. The hot-pressing fabrication procedure resulted in fully dense unidirectionally reinforced specimens with excellent flexural strength and fracture toughness over the temperature range 22 to 700° C. In addition, composite thermal expansion was found to be nearly independent of fibre orientation indicating that multiaxially reinforced composites should be readily fabricable without the occurrence of extensive cracking.
KeywordsPolymer Silicon Carbide Thermal Expansion Fracture Toughness
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