Spark plasma sintering of ZrC-SiC ceramics with LiYO2 additive
AuthorsKljajević, Ljiljana M.
Nenadović, Snežana S.
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Spark plasma sintering (SPS) of ZrC-SiC composite powders in the presence of LiYO2 sintering additive was studied. The starting powders were obtained by a carbothermal reduction (CTR) of natural mineral zircon (ZrSiO4), which provided an intimate mixing of in-situ created ZrC and SiC powders. This composite powder and LiYO2 as additive were densified by spark plasma sintering. Microstructural features of the composite were investigated by XRD, SEM/EDS and AFM analysis. The sintered composite material possesses promising mechanical properties and excellent cavitation resistance which was observed with a cavitation erosion test. The values of Vickers microhardness and fracture toughness of the composite material are 20.7 GPa and 5.07 MPam(1/2), respectively. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd and Techna Group S.r.l. All rights reserved.