Understanding the Properties of Silicon Carbide Ceramic

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摘要:Silicon Carbide Ceramic has proven itself superior over many traditional materials due to its load bearing properties at higher temperatures as well as outstanding creep resistance properties. SiC possesses many properties and applications, and understand

Silicon Carbide Ceramic has proven itself superior over many traditional materials due to its load bearing properties at higher temperatures as well as outstanding creep resistance properties. SiC possesses many properties and applications, and understanding its fundamental characteristics is crucial to unlocking its more sophisticated abilities.


Silicon Carbide ceramic is one of the world's toughest ceramic materials, second only to diamond and cubic boron nitride. With a Mohs hardness rating of 9, it outshines corundum, coke and most other refractory materials in terms of hardness. Due to this property, SiC ceramic has numerous industrial applications; mechanical seals, cutting tools and grinding wheels use SiC ceramic, as do gas turbine nozzles, engine components as well as abrasion resistant coatings and military armor made out of SiC ceramic.

Ceramic material is best known for its impressive durability; however, its other impressive properties include high thermal conductivity and low thermal expansion rates as well as superior resistance to corrosion and thermal shock. Furthermore, its hardness is perfect for producing tight-tolerance machined parts.

The combination of characteristics makes ceramic an invaluable component in many different industries and applications, from petrochemical production to aerospace technology. Ceramic's chemical and thermal stability as well as hardness make it the ideal material for bearings, mechanical seals and other engineering and manufacturing tools.

SiC stands out from other ceramics by being composed solely of pure silicon and carbon, without any binding agents or impure crystallites bonded together with various binding agents. As a metastable compound it contains 250 distinct crystal forms known as polymorphs - providing more stability.

A recent study examined the influence of porosity on SiC ceramic hardness at temperatures 20-900 degC. Results demonstrated that fully dense SiC is temperature dependent with maximum hardness achieved at 900 degC. Furthermore, fracture toughness tests were carried out on four samples with porosities of 5%, 16% and 20% in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of hardness vs porosity relationships in silicon carbide ceramics.

Due to the wide variation in hardness, density and impurities across different grades of silicon carbide ceramics, selecting an appropriate sintering method is of utmost importance when selecting one for precision components. Green and biscuit sintering have relatively open microstructures unsuited for precision use while hot pressing (HIP) produces almost nonporous products with reduced shrinkage and higher melting point than their counterparts.

Thermal Conductivity

Silicon carbide boasts one of the highest thermal conductivities of any technical ceramic material, second only to beryllium oxide and aluminum nitride. This makes it an ideal material for high temperature applications - in fact it can remain strong at temperatures as high as 1400 degrees Celsius while remaining wear resistant - making it suitable for mechanical seals and pump parts, unlike metal which often succumbs to corrosion by chemicals.

Silicon carbide's low coefficient of expansion and high temperature resistance make it an excellent material to use as refractory materials in chemical industrial furnaces, such as burner nozzles and flame tubes used to protect against erosion, abrasion and chemical attack. Furthermore, silicon carbide is often chosen for shot blast nozzles and cyclone components.

Ceramic materials, in general, have the highest mechanical properties and tensile strengths among technical ceramic materials. Furthermore, this material makes an excellent electrical insulator that has high chemical corrosion, oxidation and alkali attacks resistance as well as fatigue-resistance to withstand extreme temperatures and thermal shocks.

Silicon carbide's unique combination of properties has cemented its place as the go-to material for abrasive, wear and refractory applications. Resembling diamond in terms of lightness, hardness and strength - silicon carbide is among the lightest, hardest, strongest ceramic materials with exceptional thermal conductivity and acid resistance; along with having low coefficient of expansion.

Silicon Carbide can be machined either green or biscuit form; for very tight tolerances however, pre-sintering must first take place to fully densify its body. This process involves using high precision diamond tools or wheels to sinter it to its final form.

Corrosion Resistance

Silicon carbide ceramic has exceptional corrosion resistance in a variety of harsh chemical environments. It is resistant to most acids (including hydrochloric, sulfuric and hydrobromic acids), bases (amines and potash), solvents and oxidizing media like nitric acid - properties which make silicon carbide ceramic the ideal choice for applications where other nonoxide refractory materials would fail. Its hardness, high strength and low coefficient of thermal expansion makes silicon carbide ceramic an excellent choice in demanding applications where other nonoxide refractory materials would fail.

Corrosion resistance of silicon carbide surfaces is determined largely by the oxide layer that forms on their surfaces, with its rate of oxidation dependent upon factors like impurities, sintering aids, grain boundary phases and porosity in its substrate material. Furthermore, competing chemical reactions and mass transport mechanisms as well as changes to surface morphologies all can have an influence.

Due to these factors, our knowledge of SiC oxidation remains incomplete; however, significant progress has been made in developing models which take account of these elements' quantitative effects on both its formation and maintenance.

Silicon carbide's excellent refractory properties make it a highly suitable material for structural components used in automotive gas seal rings and mechanical seal parts, often replacing metals due to its hardness and thermal shock resistance.

Foam ceramics are porous refractory ceramics characterized by uniform three-dimensional network structures with low relative densities and large specific surface areas, low relative densities, selective permeability to liquid and gas permeants, high energy absorption capabilities, compressive strength superiority and wear resistance as well as corrosion resistance. Foam ceramics have distinctive pores formed by the continuous distribution of silicon carbide particles within an excellent silicate matrix, all attributable to their unique porous structure. Foam ceramic can also be easily machined into complex shapes without incurring expensive hard tooling setup charges, giving manufacturers more freedom and cost effectiveness in product creation with silicon carbide-based technologies that deliver premium performance at affordable pricing.

Electrical Conductivity

Silicon carbide ceramic boasts superior electrical conductivity and resistance properties that make them a perfect fit for applications requiring excellent thermal and electrical properties, such as lining industrial furnaces with refractory materials. Furthermore, their high level of corrosion and chemical attack resistance makes these ceramics suitable for use even in harsh environments without degrading or corrosion occurring over time.

Silicon carbide was first discovered by Edward Acheson in 1891 and is a synthetic crystalline compound of silicon and carbon. His discovery came when he heated clay mixed with powdered coal using electric heat from an electric arc lamp, creating sparks which produced hexagonal crystals called carborundum that could scratch glass windows - these crystals later evolved into what is known today as silicon carbide ceramics.

Industrial silicon carbide ceramics are often created through sintering processes that involve melting raw materials before shaping them into shapes. The resultant material is highly durable and can be formed into multiple shapes or sizes without cracking; furthermore, its functional properties include electrical insulation, mechanical strength and corrosion resistance.

Sintered silicon carbide ceramic conductivity depends on its impurities. Pure SiC has an n-type conductivity while C-SiC possesses p-type conductivity - due to n-type SiC consisting of atomic silicon with bonds equal to oxygen while C-SiC contains electronegativity differences compared to oxygen atoms.

Sintered silicon carbide can be produced using several sintering methods, such as reaction bonding and hot pressing. Bodies of silicon carbide formed using these processes typically contain significant quantities of carbon in addition to its original particulate material; the amount of carbon added during sintering processes can be managed through various additives used during these processes.



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