What is it about?

ZrB2-SiC is an ultra-high-temperature ceramic. When exposed to shock waves, as produced in hypersonic vehicles, we show the onset of oxidation at a much lower temperature. Moreover, the addition of Titanium to the ceramic composite improves the shock resistance

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Why is it important?

Shock waves are inevitable, and their material response for the long-duration flight of hypersonic vehicles is important. We show the importance of shock tube testing in the preliminary screening of material for such applications.


We have adopted an integrated experimental-computational approach to address shock wave interaction with the material. This work will help in understanding the importance of developing materials with better oxidation and shock resistance properties.

N K Gopinath
Indian Institute of Science

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This page is a summary of: Shock wave‐material interaction in ZrB 2 –SiC based ultra high temperature ceramics for hypersonic applications, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, May 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jace.16548.
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