Silicon nitride and silicon carbide have attracted great attention in recent years because of their potential application as high-temperature structural ceramics. Oxidation resistance is one of the most important properties in these applications. A certain numbers of reports argued that the oxidation rate was accelerated when water vapor coexisted with oxygen. However, the reaction of Si//3N//4 or SiC by H//2O only has not been studied yet. The authors have studied the oxidation of Si//3N//4 and SiC powders by H//2O under hydrothermal conditions where almost only high-temperature high-pressure H//2O exist. The reactions are quite different from the reactions in oxidative atmosphere without H//2O. The present paper discusses the effects of H//2O on high-temperature degradation of Si//3N//4 and SiC powders and ceramics based on the experimental results.
|Title of host publication||Unknown Host Publication Title|
|Editors||W. Bunk, H. Hausner|
|Publisher||Verlag Deutsche Keramische Gesellschaft|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1986 Dec 1|
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