Fabrication of Carbon/Silicon Carbide Laminate Composites by Laser Chemical Vapor Deposition and their Microstructural Characterization
Gillespie, Joshua Robert
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Laser Chemical Vapor Deposition (LCVD) is a process by which reagent gases are thermally activated to react by means of a laser focused on a substrate. The reaction produces a ceramic or metallic deposit. This investigation focuses on the use of LCVD as a method for producing laminated composites, specifically carbon/silicon carbide laminates. The laminates that were produced were examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) to determine composition. Deposit geometrical characteristics such as laminate thickness and volcano depth as well as deposit morphology were also determined using SEM. Another subset of experiments was performed for the purpose of simultaneously depositing carbon and silicon carbide, ie., codeposition.