Graphene nanoplatelets and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) were selected as fillers to develop reinforced silicon carbide (SiC)/graphene composites. The mechanical properties of the materials were investigated as a function of the type of graphene source and graphene content. Composites containing just 5 vol.% of rGOs exhibited an outstanding mechanical performance, increasing both the fracture toughness by ~ 162%, with a maximum value of 8.3 MPa · m1/2, and the strength by ~ 60% (600 MPa) when compared to monolithic SiC. The preferential alignment of the graphene fillers, their dimensions, and the graphene-SiC mechanical interlock are key factors to promote crack shielding mechanisms.
- Ceramic matrix composites (CMC)
- Mechanical properties
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics