Accession Number:

ADA317936

Title:

Ceramic Bearing Specimen Technology.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. 1 Feb 92-1 Jul 93,

Corporate Author:

CERCOM INC VISTA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

163.0

Abstract:

A manufacturing process for a silicon nitride bearing material is developed. The process involves powder homogenization, pre-nitriding, high-speed green machining, reaction bonding, pressureless sintering and containerless hot isostatic pressing. Extensive experimental and analytical tasks are performed in each process step to develop a low-cost, reliable silicon nitride bearing material with a uniform microstructure and a premium quality. Low-cost silicon powder is used as a raw material. A quality assurance procedure is developed to examine the powder homogeneity in the blended powder. Conditions for the pre-nitriding are defined to provide powder compacts with sufficient strength for the high-speed green machining. The reaction bonding process converts silicon to silicon nitride completely. It is demonstrated that silicon nitride can be sintered in a non-reactive gas environment. Processing parameters for the hot isostatic pressing are optimized to control thermal decomposition and gas dissolution-evolution reactions to fabricate the pore-free bearing material without using a glass encapsulant.

Subject Categories:

  • Ceramics, Refractories and Glass
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE