Wet chemical deposition of BN, SiC and Si3N4 interphases on SiC fibers
Fiber coatings based on BN, BN/SiC and BN/Si3N4 were deposited on Hi Nicalon type S SiC fibers. The coating parameters were optimized using a design of experiments study. With optimized parameter sets, the coatings exhibited a high degree of coverage on the fibers and almost no fiber bridging could be observed. The coated fiber bundles are flexible and can be processed further by techniques such as filament winding. In comparison to a non-processed reference sample, the maximum tensile load of the fiber bundles with BN, BN/SiC and BN/Si3N4 coatings was reduced by only 5 %, 13 % and 10 %, respectively. The coated fiber bundles retained their tensile strength after thermal annealing up to 1650 °C in a nitrogen atmosphere for 0.5 h. SiCf/SiC samples with BN/SiC fiber coatings exhibited higher values of bending strength and strain-to-failure as a reference sample without fiber coating indicating the functionality of the fiber coatings.