Oxidation Resistance of Alumina–Titanium Nitride and Alumina–Titanium Carbide Composites

Anna Tampieri, Alida Bellosi

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The presence of TiC or TiN paritcles in an Al2O3 matrix affects the thermal stability of the composites in oxidizing environments. In isothermic oxidation tests at 700°, 800°, 900°, 1000°, and 1100°C for up to 20 h, two different oxidation regimes have been observed at T < 900°C and at 900°C ≤T≤ 1100°C. At low temperatures (T < 900°C), the oxidation follows a phase‐boundary reaction; the reaction product initially consists of aggregates of submicrometer needlelike TiO2 rutile crystals that subsequently grow and coalesce. When a continuous TiO2 rutile layer is formed (T≥ 900°C), the oxidation kinetics change to parabolic, and the diffusion of O2 through a thick TiO2 layer is proposed as the governing step.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1688-1690
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992


  • alumina
  • oxidation
  • temperature dependence
  • titanium carbide
  • titanium nitride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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