This study investigates the effects of sintering atmosphere and temperature on the interfacial properties of Cr3C2/Al2O3 composites. Thermodynamic considerations and calculations with computer-assisted methods for the equilibrium compositions in the Al-O-Cr-C system were used to simulate the interfacial reaction in Cr3C2/Al2O3 composite during sintering. The results were in good agreement with the experimental analysis. Cr3C2 is more stable during sintering in a system with carbon due to the lower equilibrium oxygen partial pressure. Controlling CO and O2 gas concentration, Cr3C2 first oxidized, decarbonized, and then transformed to Cr7C3 before reacting with Al2O3. An interfacial reaction between Cr3C2 and Al2O3 was not observed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering