Synthesis of zirconium diboride–zirconium nitride composite powders by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis
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Formation of zirconium diboride–zirconium nitride composite powders by self propagating high temperature reaction of zirconium, boron and hexagonal boron nitride powders was investigated. Zirconium diboride–zirconium nitride powder mixtures with varying proportions were produced by changing the amount of boron nitride in the reactants. Products were subjected to powder X-ray diffraction analysis; and grain size and morphology was examined by scanning electron microscope. It was seen that the velocity of the wave front, adiabatic temperature of the reaction and grain size of the products decreased by increasing the boron nitride amount in the reactants. It was deduced from the scanning electron microscope examinations and crystal size calculations performed from the broadening of the peaks on the X-ray diffractions patterns that zirconium nitride grains were much finer than zirconium diboride grains.
KeywordsBoron Nitride Composite Powder Reaction Front Adiabatic Temperature Zirconium Nitride
One of the authors, H. E. Camurlu wishes to thank to the staff of the Physical Chemistry Department of University of Pavia, Italy for giving him the opportunity of studying in their department as a visiting scientist and Akdeniz University Research Funds for their financial support.
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