Chapter 1. An Historical and Technical Perspective on SHS

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr.
  1. James W. McCauley

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470313053.ch1

14th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 9/10

14th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 9/10

How to Cite

McCauley, J. W. (2008) An Historical and Technical Perspective on SHS, in 14th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 9/10 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470313053.ch1

Author Information

  1. Materials Science Branch U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory Watertown, MA 02172

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1990

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374931

Online ISBN: 9780470313053

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Keywords:

  • exothermic;
  • equilibrium;
  • pyrochemical;
  • pyrotechnics;
  • zirconium

Summary

Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS), or combustion synthesis, is a process which utilizes the heat generated by an exothermic reaction between precursor constituents to restrain itself after ignition. After a brief historical account and technical perspectives of exothermic and related processing reactions is presented, a summarized status of programs in Japan, as well as short overviews of the total efforts in the U.S. and U.S.S.R. is given. Finally, drawing on experience from programs at the Materials Technology Laboratory (MTL), a review is given of the various equilibrium and nonequilibrium factors which may influence the SHS-processing of materials in the Ti-B-C system.