IntroductionThe demand for lighter, stiffer, stronger, and tougher structural components requires development of novel materials. The interpenetrating phase composite (IPC) is a new type of composite structure with a matrix and reinforcement phase that form a completely interconnected three‐dimensional network. Traditional composites are composed of a continuous phase with one or more discrete reinforcement phases, such as fibers, whiskers, or particles, which are uniquely different from the interpenetrating microstructure. Particles, whiskers and fiber reinforcements are dispersed in the matrix, and uneven dispersion occurs in the process of preparation. IPCs might improve the elastic and yield properties relative to traditional composites due to their interpenetrating microstructure and good transmission of stresses between phases. Each phase contributes properties to the composite to synergistically form the functional characteristics, eventually preventing crack propagation in three‐dimensional space. The nature of the fiber, type of matrix, and interface properties can significantly influence the properties of the composite materials.Currently, the main concern related to IPCs is focused on interpenetrating network metal‐ceramic composites. The processing and properties of metal/ceramic IPCs have been reported in a number of references. Etter et al. produced graphite/aluminum composites with an interpenetrating network microstructure and demonstrated that both flexural strength and fracture
Advanced Engineering Materials – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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