Ceramic Matrix Composites



Advanced ceramics such as alumina, zirconia, silicon nitride and silicon carbide are characterised by good resistance to wear, oxidation and corrosion, when compared with metals and thermoplastics. However, the use of monolithic ceramics is often limited by their low mechanical reliability. Ceramic matrix composites, with refractory particles or fibres dispersed as a second phase in a ceramic matrix, are characterised by a higher degree of mechanical reliability, and may be the subject of industrial development for specific applications. The aim of this contribution is to give a survey of ceramic matrix composites, summarising the state of the art in their manufacture, their physical properties, and their potential industrial development in the near future. Special attention will be given to whisker reinforced ceramics that appear to be a very promising class of composites because of their good mechanical properties and their simple manufacturing routes.


Silicon Nitride Ceramic Composite Ceramic Matrix Composite Zirconia Particle Pressureless Sinter 
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