Atomistic mechanisms of the mechanical behaviour of nanostructured silicon carbide


This project aims to explore the atomistic mechanisms behind the exceptional mechanical properties in some nanostructured SiC.


Professor Xiaozhou Liao

Research Location

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

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Advanced silicon carbide (SiC) ceramics are leading candidates for applications in high‑power, high‑speed machining and high‑temperature structural components. Superhardness and high ductility (or high fracture toughness), which have been realized in some nanostructured (ns) SiC films and nanowires, respectively, are desirable properties for many applications. This project aims to understand the mechanisms behind the exceptional properties in ns SiC and to explore the possibility of realizing the two properties in the same ns SiC. 

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transmission electron microscopy, silicon carbide, deformation behaviour

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 790

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