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Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 934–938 | Cite as

Pressureless sintering of β-SiC with Al2O3 additions

  • M. A. Mulla
  • V. D. Krstic
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Abstract

β-SiC was pressureless sintered to 98% theoretical density using Al2O3 as a liquid-phase forming additive. The reaction between SiC and Al2O3 which results in gaseous products, was inhibited by using a pressurized CO gas or, alternatively, a sealed crucible. The densification behaviour and microstructural development of this material are described. The microstructure consists of fine elongated α-SiC grains (maximum length ≈ 10 μm and width 2–3 μm) in a matrix of fine equi-axed grains (2–3 μm) and plate-like grains (2–5μm). The densification behaviour, composition and phases in the sintered product were studied as a function of the sintering parameters and the initial composition. Typically, 50% of the β-phase was transformed to the α-phase.

Keywords

Polymer Microstructure Al2O3 Gaseous Product Material Processing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Mulla
    • 1
  • V. D. Krstic
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Materials and Metallurgical EngineeringQueen's UniversityKingstonCanada

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