David W Richerson

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

2.1 Definition of Advanced Ceramics

2.2 General Improvements in Mechanical Properties

2.3 Aluminum Oxide

2.4 Silicon Nitride

2.5 Silicon Carbide

2.6 Transformation-Toughened Zirconia

2.7 Other Monolithic Advanced Ceramics

2.8 Self-Reinforced Ceramic Composites

2.8.1 Multiphase Microstructure

2.8.2 Formation of a Precipitate or Dispersion of Crystals During Heat Treating

2.8.3 Microstructure Containing Elongated, Intertwined Grains

2.9 Particle-Reinforced Ceramic Composites

2.10 Whisker-Reinforced Ceramic Matrix Composites

2.11 Novel Ceramic Matrix Composite Fabrication Approaches

2.11.1 Reaction Formed with a Ductile Metal Reinforcement Phase

2.11.2 Fibrous Monolith Composites

2.12 Summary References

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