Thermal-Shock-Resistant Materials

  • R. C. Rossi
Part of the Materials Science Research book series (MSR, volume 5)


Aerospace applications which take advantage of the refractory nature of ceramic materials also impose upon them severe conditions of thermal shock. The severity of this thermal environment exceeds that for which it is possible to prevent crack nucleation; therefore, the design of thermal-shock-resistant materials is based on the concept of preventing crack propagation. More explicitly, composite materials with either carbide or oxide matrices were developed with the capability of sustaining thermal strains without generating the thermal stresses that could lead to catastrophic failure. Thermal simulation tests revealed a resistance to thermal shock far superior to that which could be realized by more conventional ceramic materials. Improved quality is related to the role of the individual phases, within the microstructures.


Thermal Shock Thermal Strain Thermal Shock Resistance Graphite Flake Beryllium Oxide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. C. Rossi
    • 1
  1. 1.The Aerospace CorporationEl SegundoUSA

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