Surface oxidation of porous ZrB2-SiC ceramic composites by continuous-wave ytterbium fibre laser

Dayang Salyani, Abang Mahmod and Glandut, Nicolas and Amir Azam, Khan and Labbe, Jean Claude (2015) Surface oxidation of porous ZrB2-SiC ceramic composites by continuous-wave ytterbium fibre laser. Applied Surface Science, 357. pp. 1982-1990. ISSN 0169-4332

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Surface treatment of ceramic substrates by a laser beam can allow to incorporate interesting properties to these ceramics. In the present work, surface oxidation of ca. 30% porous ZrB2-SiC ceramic composites by using an ytterbium fibre laser was conducted. Oxidation of ceramic substrates through this process under ambient conditions has certain advantages compared to the classical oxidation method. A particular spiral laser pattern was created in order to produce an oxidized structure on ZrB2-SiC porous substrates. The laser parameters were as follows i.e., laser power of 50, 60 and 70 W, a beam diameter of 1.25 mm, velocity of 2 mm/s, acceleration and deceleration of 1 mm/s2. The microstructural and morphological changes in the laser-treated region was examined using scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. At laser power of 70 W, the sample exhibits uniform oxidation. It revealed that the very porous bulk beneath remained unaffected and unoxidized because this laser-formed oxide scale protects the substrate from oxidation. The presence of oxidized and unaffected regions indicated a high degree of heat localization. The dense glassy SiO2-rich layer prevents the inward oxygen diffusion into the inner bulk hence enhances the oxidation resistance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ceramic; High temperature corrosion; Oxidation; Passive films
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2016 07:01
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2021 03:43

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