Advanced Engineering Materials（IF:2.576)
Volume 20, Issue 5, March 2018
Microstructure and ablation behavior of Wcoating prepared by atmospheric plasma spraying for Zr/Cu infiltrated C/C composite
Zhe Zhou, Zexu Sun, Yicheng Ge, Ke Peng, Liping Ran, Maozhong Yi
To improve the ablation resistance of carbon/carbon (C/C) composites, W coating prepared by atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) for Zr/Cu infiltrated C/C composites are fabricated, the Zr/Cu infiltrated C/C composites are prepared by reactive melt infiltration (RMI). The microstructural features of the composites are examined by scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectrometry (SEM‐EDS), X‐ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The ablation resistance of the W coated Zr/Cu infiltrated composites are tested in the oxyacetylene torch environment at heat flux of 4186 kW m−2 for 150 s. The results show that the diameter of ablation center and line ablation rate (LAR) of W coated composites are about 3.92 mm and 5.16 × 10−3 mm s−1. Compared to pure C/C and the Zr/Cu infiltrated composites, the diameters of ablation center of W coated composites are reduced by 18.00% and 15.52%, the LAR of W coated composites decreases by 74.52% and 23.55%. Overall, the W coated composites depict good ablation property due to the high melting point of W coating, which can be resistant to high‐temperature oxidation and ablation, the sublimation of WO3 carries away the heat.