Microwaves at 2.45GHz have been applied to ignite the combustion synthesis of compacted Ti-Si-C powders mixtures, having 1:1:1 atomic ratio, in order to join SiC-based components. A mixture of different refractory phases such as TiC and TiSi2 were obtained. Depending on the synthesis conditions, no residual silicon in the joint was detected, suggesting the suitability of the here proposed experimental joining approach for nuclear plants and high temperature applications. A simplified model was developed with the aim of obtaining a deeper understanding of the here proposed rapid, almost pressure-less and localized heating joining method. Experimental and numerical simulation results demonstrate that joining of SiC can be rapidly obtained with minimization of heat affected zones in the SiC substrates. Maximum apparent shear strength values of the joints ranged from 9.9 to 45.1MPa, depending on the process conditions.
Microwave assisted combustion synthesis in the system Ti-Si-C for the joining of SiC: Experimental and numerical simulation results / Rosa, Roberto; Veronesi, Paolo; S., Han; V., Casalegno; M., Salvo; Colombini, Elena; Leonelli, Cristina; M., Ferraris. - In: JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY. - ISSN 0955-2219. - ELETTRONICO. - 33:(2013), pp. 1707-1719. [10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2013.03.005]