Preparation of W-B-C System Composites by Arc Melting and their Thermoelectric Properties

Takashi Goto, Li Jianhui, Toshio Hirai

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Abstract

W-B-C system composites were prepared by arc melting in an argon atmosphere using B4C, WC, WB, B and C powders. Lamella textures indicating eutectic reaction were observed at B4C contents of about 20mol% and 10mol% in the quasi-binary W2B5-B4C and WB4-B4C systems, respectively. Carbon phase in the W2B-B4C-C ternary system was needle-like. The Seebeck coefficient (α) generally decreased with increasing W2B5 and WB4 contents. However, the W2B5-B4C composites containing 2mol%W2B5 have slightly greater α values than those of B4C in the temperatures range between 200 and 1000K. The electrical (σ) and thermal conductivities (κ) increase with increasing W2B5 and WB4 contents. The figure of merit values (Z) increased with increasing temperature. The W2B5-B4C composites containing 2mol%W2B5 showed slightly greater Z values than B4C at temperatures between 200 and 1000K. The highest ZT value at T=1000K was about 0.1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1406-1410
Number of pages5
Journaljournal of the japan society of powder and powder metallurgy
Volume42
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Jan 1

Keywords

  • W-B-C system composites
  • functionally graded material
  • seebeck coefficient
  • thermoelectric properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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