Fe-Si melt is a candidate for use as an alloy solvent for rapid liquid phase growth of SiC because of the high solubility of carbon in molten iron. In this work, the equilibrium phase relationship between SiC and the liquid phase of the Fe-Si-C system was investigated at 1523 K by the phase equilibration technique, and was further studied with the thermodynamic calculation. It was found that Fe- 36 mol% Si melt equilibrates with SiC at the temperature and possesses the higher carbon solubility than silicon-based melt. The first trial of the SiC crystal growth experiment was then carried out with Fe- 36 mol% Si melt by means of temperature difference method, and formation of SiC layer was obtained on the graphite substrate. Accordingly, it was found possibility for rapid growth of SiC by the solvent growth method with Fe- 36 mol% Si melt.
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