A process has been developed for fabricating composite structures using either reaction forming or polymer infiltration and pyrolysis techniques to densify the composite matrix. The matrix and reinforcement materials of choice can include, but are not limited to, silicon carbide (SiC) and zirconium carbide (ZrC). The novel process can be used to fabricate complex, net-shape or near-net shape, high-quality ceramic composites with a crack-free matrix.
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION
The present invention was conceived and developed under a U.S. Government Contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has rights in this invention.