Effect of Diluents on Post-Reaction Sintering of Silicon Nitride Ceramics
Post-reaction sintering as a technique for the fabrication of Si3N4 ceramics has received much attention as a cost-effective process due to the use of cheap Si powder as a raw material. In this method, the rapid exothermic nitridation of Si results in local melting of Si to cause its agglomeration, which is expected to be a flaw after densification. Therefore, control of the exothermic reaction is needed to improve the reliability of post-reaction sintered Si3N4 ceramics. In this study, Si3N4 ceramics were fabricated by post-reaction sintering with Si3N4 or SiO2 powders in order to control the exothermic reaction. As a result, the microstructure and bending strength of Si3N4 ceramics was changed by adding these additives. In particular, the addition of SiO2 resulted in the high strength of Si3N4 ceramics. Consequently, it was found that Si3N4 and SiO2 particles played the role of diluents, and SiO2 was effective in post-reaction sintering as an oxygen donor.
Katsutoshi Komeya, Yohtaro Matsuo and Takashi Goto
T. Wakihara et al., "Effect of Diluents on Post-Reaction Sintering of Silicon Nitride Ceramics", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 352, pp. 185-188, 2007