Journal of Inorganic Materials ›› 2023, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (6): 634-646.DOI: 10.15541/jim20220640

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Highly Thermal Conductive Silicon Carbide Ceramics Matrix Composites for Thermal Management: a Review

CHEN Qiang(), BAI Shuxin(), YE Yicong()   

  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Aerospace Science and Technology, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China


Silicon carbide ceramic matrix composites have been widely used in aerospace, friction brake, fusion fields and so on, and become advanced high-temperature structural and functional composites, due to their high specific strength and specific modulus, excellent ablation and oxidation resistance, and high conductivity and good thermal shock resistance. This paper reviews the latest research progress in preparation and property of silicon carbide ceramics matrix composites (CMCs) with high thermal conductivity. Researchers have improved the thermal conductivity of silicon carbide CMCs, including by introducing highly thermal conductive phases for reinforcing heat transport, such as diamond powders, and mesophase pitch-based carbon fibers (MPCF), by optimizing the interface between pyrolytic carbon (PyC) and silicon carbide matrix for reducing interfacial thermal resistance, by heat-treating for obtaining silicon carbide matrix with higher crystallinity and better thermal conductivity, and by designing preform structure for establishing continuous thermal conduction path. Meanwhile, research interests on silicon carbide CMCs are to explore new preparation with high efficiency and low cost through optimising their influencing factors, and to obtain isotropic highly thermal conductivity with dimensional stability and physical properties through deep understanding their thermal conductive mechanism, and flexible method based on the structure-activity relationship.

Key words: thermal management, high thermal conductivity, silicon carbide, composite, review

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