Ceramic nanocomposites reinforced with a high volume fraction of carbon nanofibers

Gang Shao, Guangfeng Zhao, Fuqian Yang, Chengying Xu, Linan An

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A ceramic nanocomposite reinforced with about 20 vol.% of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) is fabricated by infiltrating CNF-preform with liquid-phased polymeric precursor following by pyrolysis. The nanocomposite has a dense structure without micro-cracks. The results from the microindentation tests reveal that the nanocomposite has lower indentation hardness but higher fracture energy than the non-reinforced ceramic. The effect of the CFTs on the mechanical properties of the nanocomposite has been discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-111
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Letters
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by National Science Foundation of USA ( DMR-0706526 and CMMI-0800086 ) and Office of Naval Research-Young Investigator Program ( N00014-11-1-0706 , Program Manager: Dr. W. Nickerson).


  • Carbon nanofibers
  • Ceramics
  • Infiltration
  • Nanocomposites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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