Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Two commercial hot-pressed boron carbide ceramics were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. Atomic-scale observations suggest that the grain boundaries of the two materials are free of grain-boundary films. Two triple-junction phases were found and characterized to be rhombohedral Fe2B103 and orthorhombic Ti3B4. In addition, intra-granular precipitates, AlN, Mo2(C, B) and graphite, were identified and found to have coherent relationships with the boron carbide matrix. Micron-scale inclusions were also observed and most of them were determined to be graphite. The formation mechanisms of the secondary phases and their possible influence on mechanical properties are also discussed.
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