Multi Scale Characterization of SiC/SiC Composite Materials

  • D. Frazer
  • M. D. Abad
  • C. Back
  • C. Deck
  • P. Hosemann


SiC fiber-reinforced SiC matrix composites (SiC/SiC) are under consideration as a structural material for a range of nuclear applications. While these materials have been studied for decades, recently new small scale materials testing techniques have emerged which can be used to characterize SiC/SiC materials from a new perspective. In this work cross section nanoindentation was performed on SiC/SiC composites revealing that both the hardness and Young’s modulus was substantially lower in the fiber compared to the matrix despite both being SiC. Using a Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) it was observed that the grain growth of the matrix during formation was radially out from the fiber with a changing grain structure as a function of radius from the fiber center. Focused ion beam machining was used to manufacture micro-cantilever samples and evaluate the fracture toughness and fracture strength in the matrix as a function of grain orientation in the matrix.


SiC SiC fibers reinforced SiC matrix nanoindentation FIB Micro cantilevers testing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Frazer
    • 1
  • M. D. Abad
    • 1
  • C. Back
    • 2
  • C. Deck
    • 2
  • P. Hosemann
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.General AtomicsSan DiegoUSA

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