Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Mechanical Engineering


Arturo Bronson


The study presented here describes an investigation of an oxidation scale of a fully-sintered Y2O3-ZrB2-TiC composite exposed in air at 1173K. Upon oxidation of the boride/carbide, a ZrO2-TiO2 was expected to form similar to the ZrO2-SiO2 dual scale of an oxidized ZrB2-SiC. The 47wt% Y2O3-38wt%ZrB2-16wt%TiC composite formed a dual scale consisting primarily of an Y2O3-ZrO2-TiC inner scale with an outer scale of ZrO2-TiO2-Y2O3.

The samples oxidized with a parabolic layer growth allowing the calculation of the effective diffusion coefficient indicating that the oxidation was controlled by oxygen ingress through primarily the ZrO2-Y2O3 phase. The oxygen potential between the inner layer and the Y2O3-ZrB2-TiC core was estimated by a thermodynamically calculated phase diagrams of TiC-ZrB2 and Ti-ZrB2-O2.

For comparison purposes, a sample composed of HfB2 - TiC - Y2O3 - Ta sample was also oxidized at a temperature of 1773K. In this case, tantalum does not seem to react with any of the borides/carbides present in the sample. In fact, it is protected by a Y2O3 scale. The rest of the sample oxidizes very similar to the ZrB2 - TiC - Y2O3 sample; exhibiting the same oxidation mechanism.




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89 pages

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Rights Holder

Salvador Manuel Rodriguez