Thermal stability and high-temperature mechanical performance of nanostructured W–Cu–Cr–ZrC composite

Lijun Cao, Chao Hou, Fawei Tang, Shuhua Liang, Junhua Luan, Zengbao Jiao, Chao Liu, Xiaoyan Song, Zuoren Nie

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Improvement of high-temperature mechanical properties of W–Cu based composites is highly desirable but still a challenge. Here it is achieved by combined effects of solid solution, dispersed nano-precipitation and highly stabilized nanostructure in the W–Cu–Cr–ZrC composite, which takes advantage of the in-situ precipitated Zr–Cr–C nanoparticles and phase-separated Cr thin films. The grain size of W phase in the W–Cu–Cr–ZrC composite retained at the nanoscale up to 1000 °C (close to Cu melting point) for a long duration. The high thermal stability of the nanostructure endows the composite with a compressive strength of 1150 MPa at 900 °C, which is approximately four times as high as that of the binary coarse-grained W–Cu composite. The effects of microstructure evolution on the mechanical properties at high temperatures and its mechanisms were disclosed. The results indicated the crucial role of the microstructural stability of W phase skeleton in the overall strength of the W–Cu based composites.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108600
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021


  • Nanostructure
  • Strength
  • Thermal stability
  • W–Cu based Composite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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