Chapter 8. Ceramic Composites—Processing Challenges

  1. William J. Smothers
  1. R. W. Rice

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470291092.ch8

Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 2, Issue 7/8

Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 2, Issue 7/8

How to Cite

Rice, R. W. (1981) Ceramic Composites—Processing Challenges, in Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 2, Issue 7/8 (ed W. J. Smothers), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470291092.ch8

Author Information

  1. Naval Research Lab Washington, D. C. 20375

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1981

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470373903

Online ISBN: 9780470291092

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Keywords:

  • microstructure;
  • ceramic;
  • graphite;
  • homogeneous;
  • agglomeration

Summary

Problems, needs, and opportunities of processing ceramic composites are reviewed. Conventional powder processing of ceramic composites, while often providing useful bodies, generally falls far short of the fine microstructural scale and uniformity desired. Several examples of limitations in powder processing of both particulate and fiber composites are presented. Improved processing, especialy by using non-conventional, chemical approaches, is stressed. Greater use of local chemical forces in determining microstructure by use of two-phase regions of phase diagrams is cited as an important example.