Date of Award

5-2012

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Koc, Rasit

Second Advisor

Don, Jarlen

Third Advisor

Blackburn, James

Abstract

This research deals with the synthesis and characterization of titanium diboride (TiB2) from novel carbon coated precursors. This work provides information on using different boron sources and their effect on the resulting powders of TiB2.The process has two steps in which the oxide powders were first coated with carbon by cracking of a hydrocarbon gas, propylene (C3H6) and then, mixed with boron carbide and boric acid powders in a stoichiometric ratio. These precursors were treated at temperatures in the range of 1200-1400° C for 2 h in flowing Argon atmosphere to synthesize TiB2.The process utilizes a carbothermic reduction reaction of novel carbon coated precursor that has potential of producing high-quality powders (sub-micrometer and high purity). Single phase TiB2 powders produced, were compared with commercially available titanium diboride using X-ray diffraction and Transmission electron microscopy obtained from boron carbide and boric acid containing carbon coated precursor.

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