J. Korean Ceram. Soc. > Volume 41(10); 2004 > Article
 Journal of the Korean Ceramic Society 2004;41(10): 723. doi: https://doi.org/10.4191/kcers.2004.41.10.723
 Gas Pressure Sintering, Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Three Binds of Si3N4 Ceramics Sung-Soo Ha, Chang-Sam Kim1, Deoek-Soo Cheong1 School of Advanced Materials Engineering, Andong National University1Multifunctional Ceramics Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology ABSTRACT Three kinds of $Si_3N_4$ powders (M-11, SN-ESP, and SN-E10) were gas-pressure sintered at $1700-1900^{circ}C$ for 2 h under 18 atm $N_2$. Their densification behavior was investigated and compared as well as the mechanical properties and microstructure of the resulting ceramics. SN-ESP and SN-E10 started to reach nearly full densification at $1750^{circ}C$ and showed almost no decomposition up to $1900^{circ}C$. In contrast, M-11 was not fully densified until $1800^{circ}C$ and showed about $3%$ weigh loss at $1900^{circ}C$ indicating poor thermal stability. SN-ESP and SN-E10 showed much higher strength both at room temperature and $1200^{circ}C$ than M-11 when fully densified. Compared with SN-ESP, SN-E10 was not only a little better in strength (both at room temperature and $1200^{circ}C$) and fracture toughness but also much higher in the Weibull modulus due to more interlocked microstructure by well elongated grains. Key words: Gus pressure sintering, Densification behavior, Mechanical properties, Microstructure
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