The milling time effect on sintering kinetics of silicon nitride based composites

Orsolya Koszor, Csaba Balázsi

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We have investigated the influence of the milling time on the structure and mechanical properties of the nanocomposite, as well as the effect of grain size on the sintering kinetics (α to β silicon nitride phase transformation). As we observed, by increasing the milling time the mechanical properties of the ceramics may be improved. The reason of this improvement is partly due to the α-Si3N4 to β-Si 3N4 transformation facilitated by the smaller grain size, on the other hand it is due to the better dispersion of the carbon nanotubes. The X-ray measurements confirmed that in the case of samples milled for 5 hours, even when sintered at 1700°C, low nitrogen pressure (2MPa) and without holding time, a faster phase transformation occurs, resulting in improved mechanical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-372
Number of pages4
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Publication statusPublished - Aug 18 2009


  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Ceramics
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Nanocomposites
  • Sintering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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