Pressureless Sintering of Hexagonal Boron Nitride Powders
Pressureless sintering of hexagonal boron nitride (BN) with and without additives was performed using a powder which was previously nitrided at 900oC and then heat treated at 1400oC. Sintering additives were B2O3 (2, 4, 6 wt %) and Y2O3 (2, 4, 6 wt %) and sintering temperatures was 1900oC. Sintered samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, micro hardness, density and mercury porosimeter measurements. Maximum density values of samples were 1.56 g/cm3 without additives and 1.63 g/cm3 with additives. Hardness values of samples were found to improve with the presence of additives.
N. Ay and I. Tore, "Pressureless Sintering of Hexagonal Boron Nitride Powders", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 554, pp. 207-212, 2007