J. Korean Ceram. Soc. > Volume 49(4); 2012 > Article
 Journal of the Korean Ceramic Society 2012;49(4): 342. doi: https://doi.org/10.4191/kcers.2012.49.4.342
 Electrically Conductive Silicon Carbide without Oxide Sintering Additives Frantiska Frajkorova, Zoltan Lences, Pavol Sajgalik Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences ABSTRACT This work deals with the preparation of dense SiC based ceramics with high electrical conductivity without oxide sintering additives. SiC samples with different content of conductive Ti-NbC phase were hot pressed at $1850^{circ}C$ for 1 h in Ar atmosphere under mechanical pressure of 30 MPa. The conductive phase is a mixture of Ti-NbC in weight ratio of Ti/NbC 1:4. Composite with 50% of conductive Ti-NbC phase showed the highest electrical conductivity of $30.6{times}10^3;S{cdot}m^{-1}$, while the good mechanical properties of SiC matrix were preserved (fracture toughness 4.5 $MPa{cdot}m^{1/2}$ and Vickers hardness 18.7 GPa). The obtained results show that use of NbC and Ti as sintering and also electrically conductive additives is appropriate for the preparation of SiC-based composite with sufficient electrical conductivity for electric discharge machining. Key words: SiC, Hot-pressing, Composites, Electrical conductivity, Hardness
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