Process for manufacture of dense neodymium stabilized beta-si3n4 -alpha-sialon composite

The present invention provides a process for the manufacture of dense neodymium stabilized .beta.-Si3N4-.alpha.-SiAlON composite, wherein a synergistic composition essentially consisting of Si3N4, Al2O3, AlN, SiO2 and Nd2O3 as starting materials is mixed in proportion to make a total of 100 mole in the mixed batch, passing the powder through 100 mesh, pressing the powder to form green compacts, sintering the green compacts at a temperature in the range of to C. in nitrogen atmosphere. The process of the present invention provides neodymium stabilized .beta.-Si3N4-.alpha.-SiAlON composites by processing a composition from the system Si3N4--Al2O3AlN--Nd2O39AlN--SiO2 resulting into dense product of the order of >98% theoretical density with the advantages such as cost effectiveness, high hardness and high fracture toughness. The produced dense .beta.-Si3N4-.alpha.-SiAlON will be useful for low temperature applications such as wear parts like bearing and roller materials and particularly for grinding and milling operations like grinding balls.

Patent Assignee: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

Patent No: US7109139 [USA]

Application No: 10/974,016

Inventor(s): Bandyopadhyay Siddhartha; Maityi Himadri Sekhar

Issue Date: 19-09-2006

Filing Date: 27-10-2004

Licensing Option: Laboratory willing to jointly develop technology with industrial partner.

Funding agency: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

IPC Classification: C04B35/596, C04B35/599

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