Spheroid Growth during Sintering of Copper Coated Silicon Carbide Particles in the Fabrication of Nanocomposite
Copper coated silicon carbide clusters were used to fabricate nanocomposite. Compacts were isostatically pressed and heated in nitrogen atmosphere. Microstructure observations were carried out to show the spheroid growth of the coated clusters. Spheroid growth was found to proceed through coalescence of smaller spheroids of the coated Cu/SiC composite particles. The densification process contains steps of agglomeration – kernel-shell formation – slumping movement. Grain growth of the adherent Cu particles is suppressed due to the constraint of rigid SiC particles. This is the deterministic characteristic of the coated composite particles.
Wei Pan, Jianghong Gong, Chang-Chun Ge and Jing-Feng Li
R. Zhang et al., "Spheroid Growth during Sintering of Copper Coated Silicon Carbide Particles in the Fabrication of Nanocomposite", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 280-283, pp. 1275-1278, 2005