Composite Interfaces, Vol.28, No.2, 209-222, 2021
A study of reaction processes in SiC fiber reinforced Ni-Fe matrix composite during HIP
Binary Ni-Fe metal matrix composite containing continuous W-core SiC fibers was fabricated by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) method to study the interface reaction processes. Interfacial reaction products were analyzed via field emission scanning electron microscope, electron probe microanalysis and micro-zone X-ray diffractometer. The results indicate that the reactions are so dramatical that even W core can decompose during the HIP process. The whole reaction processes of W-core SiC fiber can be divided into four stages. In stage 1, SiC starts to react with metal matrix to form Ni silicides with dissolved Fe element, graphite and Kirkendall void zone. In stage 2, SiC decomposes further and W core is exposed, then W core participates in reactions. In stage 3, SiC reacts completely, W core further reacts. In stage 4, W core decomposes completely and transform to be steady WC particles, which means the whole processes terminate. A model to clarify the mechanism of the reaction processes is proposed.