Effect of Nano-Carbides on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Ti(C,N)-Based Cermets
In this paper, Ti(C,N)-Based cermets with addition of nano-carbides were fabricated by conventional powder metallurgy techniques. Then the mechanical properties, microstructure and corresponding formation mechanism have been investigated. According to the results, the microstructures of sintered cermets are composed of three kinds of hard grains: one with black core/grey shell, one with white core , and the other with no core. In addition, with more nano-carbides adding, the number of white core grains increases and that of black core grains decreases. It is also found that sintered cermets with nano-carbide additions exhibit higher transverse rupture strength and higher hardness than the others originated from much finer and more homogeneous microstructure. However, cermets with nano-micro carbide additions show the most poor mechanical properties among all sintered cermets, including conventional cermets, due to the obviously heterogeneous microstructure. And this can be explained by Ostwald ripening theory.
Paul P. Lin and Chunliang Zhang
Y. Lei et al., "Effect of Nano-Carbides on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Ti(C,N)-Based Cermets", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 105-107, pp. 2071-2075, 2012