Silicon Carbide Ceramics

Silicon Carbide Ceramics

Structure, Properties, and Manufacturing

First published on February 1, 2023

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  • Author: Andrew Ruys
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323898690

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Silicon Carbide Ceramics: Structure, Properties and Manufacturing focuses on SiC ceramics, i.e., polycrystalline ceramics manufactured by sintering. The book provides a review of various manufacturing technologies for SiC ceramics. Chapters focus on the history and evolution of SiC ceramics, structure and properties, HPSC and DSSC: Hot-pressed and Direct-Sintered SiC, RSSC: Reaction Sintered SiC, NBSC: Nitride-Bonded SiC, Glass-bonded SiC; SiC-Reinforced SiC Technology, and Non-Ceramic Uses of SiC: Powder and Coating Technologies. With a detailed emphasis on the properties and commercial applications of SiC ceramics, this book is an essential reference resource for all those working in high strength ceramics, specifically silicon carbide ceramics. Academic and industrial researchers, materials scientists and engineers working in high strength ceramics, specifically silicon carbide ceramics, need a fundamental and comprehensive overview of the properties of various types of SiC ceramics, their production variants, characterization options and applications.

Key Features

  • Presents an extensive review of the history, production and properties of SiC ceramics, including their characterization and applications
  • Discusses classical and state-of-the-art sintering technologies for SiC ceramics
  • Focuses on the future of ceramic manufacturing and advanced ceramic additive technologies


Academic and industrial researchers, materials scientists and engineers working in high strength ceramics, specifically Silicon Carbide Ceramics

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Introduction: The History and Evolution of SiC Ceramics
    1.1. The Early History and Discovery of SiC
    1.2. SiC as a Mineral
    1.3. The Acheson Process
    1.4. The Evolution of SiC Technology Since Acheson
    1.5. Applications of SiC Ceramics
    1.5.1. SiC Armor Ceramics
    1.5.2. SiC Wear Resistant Ceramics
    1.5.3. Precision Ceramics
    1.5.4. Graphite Coatings
    1.5.3. Other Uses of SiC Ceramics
    1.6. Powdered SiC Applications
    1.6.1. SiC-Based Refractories
    1.6.2. SiC Abrasives
    1.7. Thin-Film SiC Applications
    1.7.1. SiC Semiconductor Thin-Film Technology
    1.7.2. SiC Hard/Wear-Resistant Coating Applications
    1.7.3. Other SiC Coating Applications
    1.8. SiC Ceramics: The Future

    Chapter 2. Structure and Properties of SiC Ceramics
    2.1. Structure and Crystallography
    2.2. Mechanical Properties
    2.2.1. Hardness
    2.2.2. Elastic Modulus
    2.2.3. Strength
    2.2.4. Toughness
    2.3. Inherent Material Properties
    2.3.1. Porosity
    2.3.2. Grain size
    2.3.3. Purity and Chemical Inertness
    2.4. Electrical Properties
    2.4.1. Electrical Conductivity
    2.4.2. Dopant Effects
    2.5. Thermal Properties
    2.5.1. Thermal Conductivity
    2.5.2. Coefficient of Thermal Expansion and Thermal Shock
    2.5.3. Refractoriness
    2.5.4. Specific Heat

    Chapter 3. HPSC and DSSC: Hot-pressed and Direct-Sintered SiC
    3.1. Evolution of HPSC and DSSC
    3.2. Raw Materials
    3.2.1. Milling Media
    3.2.2. Powder Characterisation
    3.3. Sintering Aids
    3.4. Batching and Mixing
    3.5. Forming
    3.6. Densification
    3.6.1. Furnace Technology
    3.6.2. Hot-Pressing Systems
    3.6.3. Temperature Measurement
    3.6.4. Furnace Cycles – Pressureless Sintering
    3.6.5. Microstructure
    3.6.6. Safety Considerations
    3.7. Quality Control
    3.8. HPSC and DSSC Applications
    3.9. Conclusions

    Chapter 4. RSSC: Reaction Sintered SiC
    4.1. Evolution of RSSC
    4.2. Mixture Feedstock
    4.2.1. SiC Powder
    4.2.2. Carbon Precursors
    4.3. Forming
    4.3.1. Dry forming of RSSC
    4.3.2. Wet-Forming of RSSC
    4.4. Reaction Sintering
    4.4.1. Furnace and Furnace Atmosphere
    4.4.2. Temperature Measurement
    4.4.3. Silicon Source
    4.4.4. Sintering Cycle
    4.5. Quality Control
    4.7. SiC Reaction Bonded Boron Carbide
    4.7. RSSC Applications
    4.8. Conclusions

    Chapter 5. NBSC: Nitride-Bonded SiC
    5.1. Evolution of NBSC
    5.2. Batching and Mixing
    5.3. Forming
    5.4. Sintering
    5.4.1. Silicon Content
    5.4.2. Sintering Atmosphere
    5.4.3. Microstructure
    5.6.6. Safety Considerations
    5.7. Quality Control
    5.8. NBSC Applications
    5.9. Conclusions

    Chapter 6. Glass-bonded SiC
    6.1. Glass-SiC Interactions
    6.2. Glass-SiC Grinding Wheel Technology
    6.3. Reinforced Glass-SiC Grinding Wheel Technology
    6.3. Ultra-Low-Glass Glass-bonded SiC
    6.3.1. Reinforcement Technology
    6.3.2. Manufacturing Technology
    6.3.3. Armour Applications
    6.3.4. Wear-Resistant Applications
    6.4. Conclusions

    Chapter 7. SiC-Reinforced SiC Techology
    7.1. The Evolution of SiC-Reinforced SiC Techology
    7.2. Applications of SiC-Reinforced SiC Techology
    7.3. Manufacture of SiC-Reinforced SiC Techology
    7.4. Microstructure of SiC-Reinforced SiC Techology
    7.5. Oxidation Performance of SiC-Reinforced SiC Techology
    7.6. SiC-Reinforced SiC Techology: The Future

    Chapter 8. Non-Ceramic Uses of SiC: Powder and Coating Technologies
    8.1.SiC Semiconductor thin Films
    8.2. SiC Coatings for Abrasion and Wear Resistance
    8.3. Clay Bonded SiC Refractories
    8.4. Silicate-Bonded SiC Refractories
    8.5. SiC Abrasives

Product details

  • No. of pages: 330
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323898690

About the Author

Andrew Ruys

Professor Ruys was a founding Director of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia, between 2003 and 2018. He graduated with a BE in Ceramic Engineering in 1987 and a PhD in Ceramic Engineering in 1992 from the University of NSW, Australia. He has worked in bioceramics and advanced ceramics research for over 30 years, and has been an active participant as researcher, educator and industrial consultant for this entire time. He is not only an experienced researcher in bioceramics (ceramics for biomedical applications) but has also been an industrial consultant in the world-changing applications of armor ceramics, advanced ceramics in wear-resistance linings in mineral processing, and numerous other important industrial applications of ceramics. He has published more than 100 journal articles, over 70 conference papers, seven books and has listed 5 patents. He serves on three editorial boards and is a reviewer for 24 scientific journals. He has been teaching bioceramics, biomaterials, and medical device technology for three decades, and has also taught on dental materials, industrial ceramics, chemistry, physics, and general engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Sydney, Australia

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