Production & properties
Components made of silicon nitride (Si3N4) are manufactured out of a powder mixture, consisting of silicon nitride and sintering additives. Sintering at high temperatures and with high gas pressure leads to a densification and a needle-shaped recrystallization of the silicon nitride particles. The result is a strong cross-linked structure, which confers high strength and toughness on the material.
Sintered components can be processed with diamond tools which results in a high surface quality and dimensional accuracy.
Due to its unique combination of properties, silicon nitride is used – especially when compared to other advanced ceramics – where highest mechanical stress and/or extreme thermal stress occur.
Typical applications are, amongst others: rolls for roller bearings, centering and fixing elements in the field of welding, components for direct contact with melts in the non-ferrous metallurgy and aluminium production (pipes, thermocouple protection tubes, etc.), different components for wafer handling and heating in the semi-conductor manufacture, bearing elements for different applications and high speeds as well as sterilizable components for medical technology.
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For very small tolerances the parts have to be grinded.