First principles calculations and synthesis of multi-phase (HfTiWZr)B2 high entropy diboride ceramics: Microstructural, mechanical and thermal characterization

Kavak S., Bayrak K. G., Mansoor M., Kaba M., Ayas E., Balcı-Çağıran Ö., ...More

Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol.43, no.3, pp.768-782, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2022.10.047
  • Journal Name: Journal of the European Ceramic Society
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Chemical Abstracts Core, Chimica, Compendex, INSPEC
  • Page Numbers: pp.768-782
  • Keywords: First principles calculations, High entropy borides, Mechanical properties, Microstructure, Thermal properties
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022 Elsevier LtdFirst principles calculations were conducted on (HfTiWZr)B2 high entropy diboride (HEB) composition, which indicated a low formation energy and promising mechanical properties. The (HfTiWZr)B2 HEBs were synthesized from the constituent borides and elemental boron powders via high energy ball milling and spark plasma sintering. X-ray diffraction analyses revealed two main phases for the sintered samples: AlB2 structured HEB phase and W-rich secondary phase. To investigate the performance of multi-phase microstructures containing a significant percentage of the HEB phase was focused in this study. The highest microhardness, nanohardness, and lowest wear volume loss were obtained for the 10 h milled and 2050 °C sintered sample as 24.34 ± 1.99 GPa, 32.8 ± 1.9 GPa and 1.41 ± 0.07 × 10−4 mm3, respectively. Thermal conductivity measurements revealed that these multi-phase HEBs have low values varied between 15 and 23 W/mK. Thermal gravimetry measurements showed their mass gains below 2% at 1200 °C.