IAM - Ceramic Materials and Technologies

Influence of microstructural variation on fracture toughness of LPS-SiC ceramics

  • Author:

    Strecker, K.; Ribeiro, S.; Oberacker, R.; Hoffmann, M. J.

  • Source:

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REFRACTORY METALS & HARD MATERIALS 22 (2004), 4-5, 169–175 

  • Influence of microstructural variation on fracture toughness of LPS-SiC ceramics.

Abstract

The influence of microstructural variations obtained by different powder compositions and sintering times on the fracture toughness of liquid phase sintered (LPS)-SiC has been investigated. SiC ceramics were obtained by normal sintering in flowing nitrogen at 2080degreesC for 1 h using 10 wt% of AIN and Y2O3 mixtures as additives, at molar ratios of 80:20 and 40:60, respectively. In order to modify the microstructures some samples of each composition were further heat-treated at 2000 degreesC for 4 h to promote grain growth. It has been found that the AIN rich composition resulted in a microstructure with more elongated, platelet like grains and therefore increased fracture toughness. Grain growth resulted also in higher fracture toughness especially because the mechanism of crack-deflection is more pronounced. AIN rich samples sintered at 2080 degreesC for I h and heat-treated at 2000 degreesC for 4 h showed fracture toughness of 6.7 Wav rootm (determined by the SENVB method).