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The effect of seeding on the microstructure and mechanical properties of single-phase Y-α-SiAlON ceramics with elongated grains has been studied. Seeds of the intended α-SiAlON compositions but with different size, shape, and number of grains have been compared for their effects. The microstructure, resistance (R-curve) behavior, and Weibull modulus are strongly correlated to the number density of the seeds. The highest fracture toughness reached is ~12 MPa∙m1/2 and can be obtained with as little as 1% seeding. The thermodynamic stability of seeds has been examined and is attributed to their chemical composition.
Date Posted: 03 December 2004
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