Optimization of alpha-sialon microstructure by heat treatment

Kurama S.

5th China International Conference on High-Performance Ceramics (CICC-5), Changsha, China, 10 - 13 May 2007, vol.368-372, pp.891-893 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 368-372
  • Doi Number: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/kem.368-372.891
  • City: Changsha
  • Country: China
  • Page Numbers: pp.891-893
  • Keywords: SiAlON, heat treatment, image analyze, LSW theory, PROCESSING CONDITIONS, CERAMICS, GRAINS, ADDITIVES
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: No


Nd-doped alpha-SiAlON starting composition (Nd(0.33)Si(9.38)Al(2.62)O(1.62)N(14.38)) was prepared by gas pressure sintering at 1825 degrees C for 3 hrs. In order to explore the effect of post heat treatment on the developments of elongated (alpha-SiAlON grains, sample was heat treated at 1800 degrees C for 4-12 hrs. It was found that post heat treatments promoted formation of the elongated alpha-SiAlON grains. The controlling mechanism of grain growth was determined via plotting on a graph the growth in width/length versus time graphics using Image Analysis method. Different growth rates were found between the length and width direction of the alpha-SiAlON crystals, resulting in anisotropic grain growth in the microstructural development.