Paper in proceedings, 2012

The effect of sintering atmosphere on high-temperature isothermal oxidation was investigated for molybdenum disilicide composites of MoSi2+15 vol% ZrO2 pressure-less sintered in Ar and H2. XRD and SEM analysis revealed that the outermost surface of as-sintered composite consists of a (Mo, Zr)5Si3 layer, and the surface microstructure depended on the sintering gases. Isothermal and thermal cycling oxidation tests were performed at 1400°C for 1000 hours and at 1200°C for 1000 cycles in air, respectively. The as-sintered composites experienced a severe weight loss at initial oxidation, and protective scales were formed after 24 h and 300 h for H2 and Ar sintered composites, respectively. In contrast, if the as-sintered surface was removed by grinding the material exhibited parabolic response with a low parabolic oxidation rate constant and excellent thermal shock property comparable to monolithic molybdenum disilicide. This work evidenced that the inherent oxidation resistance and self-curing property of MoSi2+15 vol% ZrO2 composite, and a strong influence of as-sintered surface microstructure of the composite on high temperature oxidation behaviour.

high temperature application

molybdenum disilicide

MoSi2-ZrO2 composite


Yiming Yao

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Materials Technology

Erik Ström

Xin-Hai Li

International Conference on Innovative Technologies, IN-TECH 2012, Rijeka, 26 – 28 September 2012

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Materials Engineering

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