Insight into reactions and interface between boron nitride nanotube and aluminum
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Mater. Res.
MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES; CARBON NANOTUBES; MATRIX COMPOSITES; ELASTIC-MODULUS; GROWTH; FILMS; MICROSTRUCTURE; FABRICATION; BEHAVIOR; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Nature and mechanism of interfacial reactions between boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) and aluminum matrix at high temperature (650 degrees C) are studied using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). This study analyzes the feasibility of the use of BNNTs as reinforcement in aluminum matrix composites for structural application, for which interface plays a critical role. Thermodynamic comparison of aluminum (Al)-BNNT with analogous Al-carbon nanotube (Al-CNT) system reveals lesser amount of reaction in the former. Experimental observation also reveals thin (similar to 7 nm) reaction-product formation at Al-BNNT interface even after 120 min of exposure at 650 degrees C. The spatial distribution of the reaction-product species at the interface is governed by the competitive diffusion of N, Al, and B. Morphology of the reaction products are influenced by their orientation relationship with BNNT walls. A theoretical prediction on Al-BNNT interface in macroscale composite suggests the formation of strong bond between the matrix and reinforcement phase.
Journal of Materials Research
"Insight into reactions and interface between boron nitride nanotube and aluminum" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 2898.