Pathak, L C and Bandyopadhyay, D and Srikanth, S and Das, Swapan K (2001) Effect of heating rates on the synthesis of Al2O3–SiC composites by the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) technique. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 84 (5). pp. 915-920.
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Various aspects of insitu formation of Al2O3–SiC composites by the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) technique have been investigated using thermal analyses (TG/DTA) of a powder mixture (4Al, 3SiO2, 3C) and pellets in an argon atmosphere at different heating rates. Both the reaction initiation and peak temperatures are found to increase with the heating rates. At lower heating rates, the powder samples do not reveal any exothermic peak possibly because of poor reactivity and sluggish exothermic reaction. The appearance of exothermic peaks in the DTA plots after melting of aluminum indicates reduction of silica by liquid aluminum. Conversion of aluminum is found to decrease marginally with an increase in heating rates. The apparent activation energy of the process compares well with the interdiffusion activation energy of silicon and oxygen, indicating that oxygen diffusion in Si formed at the reaction front may be the rate-controlling factor for this SHS process. From SEM studies it appears that the formation of SiC whiskers is through liquid-phase mass transfer.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Alumina; Composites; Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis|
|Divisions:||Material Science and Technology|
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|Deposited On:||29 Sep 2010 17:52|
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