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Ceramic Matrix Composites
Microstructure, Properties and Applications
by I. M. Low

Ceramic Matrix Composites reviews and describes the latest advances, challenges and future trends in the microstructure and property relationships of various ceramic matrix composites.


Fibrous Monolithic Ceramics

  • History
  • Processing
  • Structures
  • Mechanical Properties

Whisker-Reinforced Silicon Nitride Ceramics

  • Fabrication
  • Properties
  • Applications

Fibre-Reinforced Glass/Glass-Ceramic Matrix Composites

  • Types of Fibre Suitable as Reinforcements in Different Glass/Glass-Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Methods for Manufacturing Different Fibre-Reinforced Glass/Glass-Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Properties of Glass/Glass-Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Microstructural Observation
  • Application Areas

Particulate Composites

  • Powder Processing and Microstructural Development
  • Thermal Microstresses
  • Toughening
  • Room-Temperature Strength
  • High-Temperature Strength
  • Wear

Functionally-Graded Ceramic Composites

  • Infiltration Kinetics and Characteristics
  • Infiltration Processing of LGMs
  • Characterisation and Properties of Alumina-Matrix LGMs

SiA1ON Based Functionally Graded Materials

  • Functionally Graded Materials
  • SiA1ON Ceramics
  • Functionally Graded SiA1ON Ceramics
  • Production Techniques of Functionally Graded SiA1ON Ceramics

Design of Tough Ceramic Laminates by Residual Stresses Control

  • Laminate Design for Enhanced Fracture Toughness
  • Processing of Si3-T4-TiN and B4C-SiC Ceramic Laminates
  • Si3N4 Based Laminates
  • B4C Based Laminates

Hardness of Multilayered Ceramics

  • Behaviour of Multilayer Structures
  • Hardening Mechanisms in Multilayers
  • Microstructural Changes Due to Making a Multilayer

Nanophase Ceramic Composites

  • Micro-nano Type Ceramic Composites
  • Nano-nano Type Ceramic Composites
  • Fabrication of Nanoceramics

Nanostructured Coatings on Advanced Carbon Materials

  • Coating Method of Nanostructured SiC
  • Applications of Nanostructured SiC Coatings in Advanced Composites

Processing and Microstructural Control of Metal-Reinforced Ceramic Matrix Nanocomposites

  • Processing
  • Microstructure
  • Properties

Carbon Nanotubes-Ceramic Composites

  • Structure, Synthesis and Properties of Carbon Nanotubes
  • Preparation of CNT-Ceramic Composites
  • Properties of CNT-Ceramic Composites

Machinable Nanocomposite Ceramics

  • Design Principles of Machinable Ceramics
  • Al2O3-LaPO4
  • Si3N4/h-BN
  • Machinable Composites

Magnesia-Spinel (MgAl2O4) Refractory Ceramic

  • Crystal Structures
  • Production of MgAl2O4
  • Densification
  • In-Situ Formed/Preformed Spinel Based Refractories
  • Industrial Applications and Properties of Magnesia-Spinel Materials
  • Thermal Shock
  • Mechanical Properties and Thermal Shock Behaviour of Magnesia-Spinel Composite Refractory Materials

Thermal Shock of Ceramic Matrix Composites

  • Thermal Shock of Brittle Materials: The Induced Stress Field
  • Experimental Methods
  • Thermal Shock of Monolithic Ceramics
  • Thermal Shock of Particle-and Whisker-Reinforced CMCs
  • Thermal Shock of Fibre-Reinforced CMCs

Superplastic Ceramic Composites

  • Macro- and Microscopic Superplastic Characteristics
  • Accommodation Processes Controlling Superplasticity
  • Parameters Improving Superplasticity
  • Applications of Superplasticity

Interfaces in Non-Oxide Ceramic Composites

  • Assessment of the Accuracy of TEM Techniques for the Detection and Measurement of Film Thickness at Interfaces
  • Wetting, Non-Wetting and Dewitting Behaviour of Interphase Boundaries in Non-Oxide Ceramic Composites
  • Equilibrium Film Thickness at Interphase Boundaries
  • Effect of Intergranular Film Composition on Equilibrium Film Thickness
  • Crystallography of Interphase Boundaries


  • Sialons
  • Challenges in Toughening and Strengthening Sialons
  • Sialon Composites

Carbon-Ceramic Alloys

  • Carbon as Fugitive Additive for Porous Silicon Nitride Processing
  • Comparison of Silicon Nitrides with Carbon Additions
  • In Situ Processing of Si3N4/SiC Composites by Carbon Addition
  • Silicon Nitride Ceramics Reinforced with Carbon Fibres and Carbon Nanotubes

Silicon Nitride and Silicon Carbide-Based Ceramics

  • Material Selection
  • Material Characterization
  • Erosion Response
  • Microstructure and Mechanical Properties
  • Microstructure and Erosion Mechanisms

Oxynitride Glasses - Glass Ceramics Composites

  • Potential Applications
  • Oxynitride Glass-Glass Ceramic Composites
  • Oxynitride Glass-Silicon Carbide Composites

Functionally Graded Ceramics

  • Functionally Graded Ceramics Concepts
  • Classifications of FG Ceramics
  • Processing of FGMs
  • FGM Design for Structural Applications


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Ceramic Matrix Composites
Microstructure, Properties and Applications
by I. M. Low

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