Sintering Temperature Study of Hot-Pressed Y-SiAlON Ceramics
In order to investigate the effect of sintering temperature on the microstructure and densification process of Y-SiAlON ceramics, by hot pressing at 1750°, 1800°, 1850° and 1900°C for 1 h, respectively, Y-α-SiAlON (m=1.2, n=1.2 according to formula Mm/3Si12-(m+n)Alm+nOnN16-n) was fabricated from α-Si3N4, AlN, Al2O3 and Y2O3 starting powers. The results showed that α-SiAlON phase is formed in all sintered specimens, and during Y-SiAlON sintering, all the samples begin to quickly shrink at 1550°C, and the shrinkage is finished at 1750°C, which indicate that 1550 ~ 1750 °C is very important for the densification process of Y-α-SiAlON ceramics, and 1750 °C is necessary for the Y-SiAlON densification. Higher sintering temperature contributes to α-SiAlON grain development and the SiAlON ceramics densification.
Wei Pan and Jianghong Gong
Y. C. Shan et al., "Sintering Temperature Study of Hot-Pressed Y-SiAlON Ceramics", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 368-372, pp. 905-907, 2008