Fabrication of porous SiC ceramics using glass beads

Naomichi Miyagawa, Nobuhiro Shinohara, Hirotsugu Takizawa, Tadashi Endo

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Porous SiC ceramics have been fabricated by using SiO2-Al2O3 based glass beads. SiC powder with the average grain size of 0.6 μm was mixed with 5-20 wt.% glass beads by dry mixing. The average particle size of the glass beads was about 45 μm. The mixed powder was compressed into plate form and sintered at 1970°C for 2 hours in Ar atmosphere. The resultant materials had porosities ranging from 25 to 50%. Large spherical pores connecting through micro-sized open pores were observed in their microstructures. It has been concluded that the occurrence of open pores was originated in the formation of gas phase through the reaction, SiC+2SiO2→3SiO(g)+CO(g), in Ar atmosphere. The alumina element in the glass beads contributed to the densification of SiC matrix through the formation of liquid phase and as a result, the materials had high bending strength in spite of their high porosity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1461-1465
Number of pages5
JournalFuntai Oyobi Fummatsu Yakin/Journal of the Japan Society of Powder and Powder Metallurgy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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