The Thermal-Mechanical Behavior of Selected Si3N4 and SiC Ceramics PUBLIC ACCESS

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Norman L. Hecht, Hongsang Rho, Nora R. Osborne, Dale E. McCullum, Steven M. Goodrich

University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH

Paper No. 96-GT-271, pp. V005T13A004; 13 pages
  • ASME 1996 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 5: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; General
  • Birmingham, UK, June 10–13, 1996
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7876-7
  • Copyright © 1996 by ASME


This paper presents the results of a long term program initiated in December of 1984 to investigate the effects of environment (temperature, atmosphere, and stress) on the mechanical behavior of eight Si3N4 and three SiC ceramics being considered for heat engine applications. Microstructure, chemistry, and physical properties were determined. The mechanical behavior of these materials was investigated from room temperature to 1400°C by employing tests for flexural and tensile strength, dynamic, static and cyclic fatigue, and fracture toughness. The results obtained from these evaluations showed that the thermal mechanical behavior was quite varied, depending on the composition and processing methods employed. Batch to batch differences were also found to cause variances in the property values measured. Insights gained from this work about the failure mechanisms and potential service life are also discussed.

Copyright © 1996 by ASME
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