Biomorphic porous SiC composite ceramics were produced by chemical vapor infiltration and reaction (CVI-R) technique using paper preforms as template. The thermal conductivity of four samples with different composition and microstructure was investigated: a) C-template b) C-SiC, c) C-SiC-Si3N4 and d) SiC coated with a thin layer of TiO2. The SiC-Si3N4 composite ceramic showed enhanced oxidation resistance compared to single phase SiC. However; a key property for the application of these materials at high temperatures is their thermal conductivity. The later was determined experimentally at defined temperatures in the range 298–373K with a laser flash apparatus. It was found that the thermal conductivity of the porous ceramic composites increases in the following order: C-template < C-SiC < C-SiC-Si3N4 < SiC-TiO2. The results were interpreted in regard to the porosity and the microstructure of the ceramics.

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