Ceramic Fibers and Their Applications
By Toshihiro Ishikawa
Preface vii 1. Historical Viewpoint of Ceramic Fibers 1 1.1 Introduction 2 1.2 Historical Trend of Each Inorganic Fiber 5 1.2.1 Historical Trend of Carbon Fibers 5 1.2.2 Historical Trend of Oxide Fibers 8 1.2.3 Historical Trend of Silicon Carbide Fibers 13 1.2.4 Historical Trend of Silicon Carbide Derivatives 17 1.2.5 Historical Trend of Functional Ceramic Fibers with Surface Gradient Structures 19 2. Progress of Ceramic Fibers 23 2.1 Introduction 23 2.2 Polymer-Derived Si-Based Ceramic Fibers 23 2.2.1 SiC Fibers: From First Generation to Third Generation 24 188.8.131.52 Tyranno S, Lox M, ZMI, and Tyranno SA 25 184.108.40.206 Nicalon, Hi-Nicalon, and Hi-Nicalon Type S 32 220.127.116.11 Sylramic SiC fiber 35 2.2.2 Summary of Commercial Polymer-Derived SiC Fibers 35 2.3 Polymer-Derived Functional Ceramic Fibers 39 2.3.1 Photocatalytic Fiber (TiO2/SiO2 Fiber) 39 18.104.22.168 Synthesis of the TiO2/SiO2 photocatalytic fiber 41 22.214.171.124 Palladium-deposited mesoporous photocatalytic fiber with high photocatalytic activity 45
126.96.36.199 Environmental application of the TiO2/SiO2 photocatalytic fiber 46 2.3.2 Alkali-Resistant SiC Fiber (ZrO2/SiC Fiber) 51 2.4 Derivatives of Polymer-Derived Si-Based Fibers 55 2.4.1 Thermally Conductive, Tough Ceramic (SA-Tyrannohex) Making the Best Use of Production Process of Tyranno SA Fiber 55 2.4.2 Physical Properties of SA-Tyrannohex 57 2.5 Ceramic Matrix Composite 61 3. Mechanical Strength of Ceramic Fibers 67 3.1 Introduction 67 3.2 Tensile Strength and Weibull Analysis 68 3.3 Characterization of the Fracture Surface of Tyranno SA Fiber 71 3.4 Characterization of the Fracture Origin of Tyranno SA Fiber 73 3.5 Calculation Results and Desirable Heat- Treatment Condition for Achieving Lesser Defects 74 4. High-Temperature Properties of SiC-Based Ceramic Fibers 83 4.1 Introduction 83 4.2 Oxidation Resistance of Amorphous SiC- Based Fiber Aiming for Insulator Application 83 4.2.1 Changes in the Crystalline Structure by Oxidation 85 4.2.2 Changes in the Microstructure by Oxidation 85 4.2.3 Stable Emissivity after Oxidation 88 4.3 Oxidation Resistance of SiC-Polycrystalline Fiber (Tyranno SA Fiber) 92 Index 97
Ceramics are produced from clay heated at temperatures above 1000 °C. History of ceramics dates back to the times when humans started making earthenware from clay, which comprised mainly oxide materials. Nowadays, many types of ceramics containing non- oxide materials (carbides, nitrides, borides, and so on) have been developed to achieve better mechanical properties, new physical properties, excellent heat resistance, and so forth. Furthermore, new types of fibrous oxide materials, such as alumina–silica fibers, and fibrous non-oxide materials have also been developed. Alumina– silica fibers have been used as insulating materials in space shuttles, such as fabrics. However, unlike carbon fibers, these oxide fibers have been unable to establish a big market despite continued research on composite materials using oxide interfaces in many research laboratories. Therefore, several types of oxide fibers started steadily being used all over the world. On the other hand, research on non- oxide fibers, such as silicon carbide (SiC) fiber, has also been done for several years.
By the way, SiC has attracted keen interest as a high- temperature structural material because of its higher resistance to oxidation, corrosion, and thermal shock. However, since SiC crystals did not have shaping and self-sintering abilities, it was difficult to obtain high-strength products with complicated shapes, especially because the fibrous form could not be realized until the middle of 1970s. The first researcher who solved this difficulty was Prof. Dr. Seishi Yajima. He and his coworkers had synthesized the first SiC fiber from an organosilicon polymer (polycarbosilane) making the best use of the production process of carbon fiber by heating an organic precursor fiber made of a polyacrylonitrile at high temperatures of over 1000 °C under airtight condition. This was the first polymer- derived SiC fiber. After that, several types of researches on non-oxide fibers (Si-B-C-N, Si-N-C, Si-C-O, and so forth) started all over the world. In the meantime, before this epoch-making development, a SiC monofilament (140 μm in diameter) was produced by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on a carbon filament core. However, as can be seen from this production process, this type of SiC monofilament had too large a diameter for a wire needed for delicate use. On the other hand, the diameter of the aforementioned polymer-derived SiC fiber could be remarkably reduced, which was similar to that of carbon fiber. In this case, the shaping ability of the precursor polymer resulted in reduced fiber diameter by the use of melt- spinning process. This was a really epoch-making process that made the best use of the characteristics of the polymer. After that, many types of polymer-derived, SiC-based fibers have been developed using polycarbosilane and modified-polycarbosilane containing metal atoms. Furthermore, many types of modifications of SiC- based fibers have been achieved so far. Finally, SiC-polycrystalline fibers (Hi-Nicalon Type S and Tyranno SA) with excellent heat resistance were developed, and then, their many applications have been examined. And also, a tough, thermally conductive SiC-based ceramic (SA-Tyrannohex) composed of a highly ordered, close- packed structure of hexagonal columnar fibers has been developed. Moreover, recently, several types of ceramic fibers with various fine structures and outstanding properties have also been synthesized from other types of organosilicon polymers using new processes. That is to say, up to now, lots of ceramic fibers containing oxide fibers, SiC-based fibers, and other types of Si-containing fibers have been developed. And also, many types of research on composite materials, using the aforementioned ceramic fibers have been performed, aiming for high-temperature applications. Furthermore, some other functional ceramic fibers with gradient-like surface layers have also been developed. By the existence of surface functional layers, these fibers can show excellent functions along with better mechanical strengths.
This book presents the historical viewpoint regarding inorganic fibers and a detailed explanation of ceramic fibers and their applications. It addresses the future prospects of ceramic fibers by focusing on previous fibrous materials and their derivatives. I hope that it offers a vision for future developments and stimulates fresh thinking to develop novel, high-performance ceramic fibers. I also hope that this book meets the educational and research needs of advanced students across multiple academic disciplines.