Microstructural development in AlN composite ceramics

Masahiko Tajika, Hideaki Matsubara, William Rafaniello

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AlN-BN composite ceramics were fabricated by sintering a mixture of fine AlN and BN powders containing Y2O3 as the sintering aid at 1850°C in nitrogen atmosphere. BN contents up to 15 vol% were studied. The heat treatment of sintered AlN-BN composite was performed at 1800°C in nitrogen atmosphere. BN particles in the composite showed large anisotropic grain growth during sintering, and the shape of grown BN particles appeared to be plate-like. Moreover, the heat treatment gave very interesting microstructures of the composite, in which many more interfaces between AlN grains were observed and most of the secondary phase was located at triple points of AlN grains. The resultant microstructural change is thought to be due to the change in the ratio of interfacial energy (between grain and liquid) and grain boundary energy (between grains).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-134
Number of pages4
JournalNanostructured Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1998 4th International Conference on Nanostructured Materials (NANO '98) - Stockholm, Swed
Duration: 1998 Jun 141998 Jun 19


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