Fabrication, microstructure and properties of in situ synthesized B4C-NbB2 eutectic composites by spark plasma sintering

Dmytro Demirskyi, Yoshio Sakka

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Fabrication, microstructure and properties of in situ formation of strengthened eutectic composites, consisting of a matrix (B4C, and B4CN-bB2 composite) and also containing regularly distributed whiskers of NbB2 by spark plasma sintering (SPS) is reported. It has shown that pressure and the temperature at which pressure is decreased during SPS may be used as a means of controlling the eutectic formation and composites microstructure. The microstructure-property relations were determined for composites of NbB2-B4C eutectic composition as a function of NbB2 content, eutectic inclusion rod size and NbB2-NbB2 spacing distance. It was found that the composites with the eutectic composition of 3035 mol.% NbB2 obtained by SPS exhibit a high Vickers hardness (2627 GPa) and a maximum in indentation fracture toughness (∼7 MPa·m1/2) in case of interlamelar spacing distance of 0.8 ± 0.4μm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Ceramic Society of Japan
Issue number1433
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • BC
  • Eutectic
  • NbB
  • Spark-plasma sintering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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