2005 Volume 46 Issue 3 Pages 536-542
Cavity formation was investigated in a SiC/SiC composite under multi-ion beam irradiation up to 10 dpa at 1073 K, 1273 K and 1573 K by transmission electron microscopy. The cavity formation behavior of each component of the composite was dependent on the component’s grain structure, the helium and/or hydrogen implantation mode, and irradiation temperature. It was found that helium rather than hydrogen is likely to enhance cavity formation or cavity swelling. The contributions of helium and hydrogen to cavity formation in the composite components are discussed in detail.