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Tough salami-inspired Cf/ZrB2 UHTCMCs produced by electrophoretic deposition

Pietro Galizia; Simone Failla; Luca Zoli; Diletta Sciti

One of the biggest challenges of the materials science is the mutual exclusion of strength and toughness. This issue was minimized by mimicking the natural structural materials. To date, few efforts were done regarding materials that should be used in harsh environments. In this work we present novel continuous carbon fiber reinforced ultra-high-temperature ceramic matrix composites (UHTCMCs) for aerospace featuring optimized fiber/matrix interfaces and fibers distribution. The microstructures - produced by electrophoretic deposition of ZrB2 on unidirectional carbon fibers followed by ZrB2 infiltration and hot pressing - show a maximum flexural strength and fracture toughness of 330 MPa and 14 MPa m1/2, respectively. Fracture surfaces are investigated to understand the mechanisms that affect strength and toughness. The EPD technique allows the achievement of a peculiar salami-inspired architecture alternating strong and weak interfaces. 

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