Microstructure and creep behavior of silicon nitride and SiAlONs

Kevin M. Fox, John R. Hellmann

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Microstructural evolution of silicon nitride (Si3N4) and SiAlON materials and its influence on creep resistance is reviewed. Grain size, grain morphology, and the ratio of α- to β-phase grains play a part in resistance to creep. The glassy, intergranular phase typically has the strongest influence on creep. Creep data are usually obtained using uniaxial tensile or compressive tests, where creep in tension is controlled by cavitation and grain boundary sliding controls creep in compression. The impression creep methodology is also reviewed. An additional creep mechanism, dilation of the SiAlON grain structure, was found to be active in impression creep.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-154
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Marketing
  • Materials Chemistry


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