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Improvements in the development of silicon nitride inserts using hybrid microwave energy for machining Inconel 718

Ariff, Tasnim Firdaus and Mohamed, Nur Maizatul Nasyiin and Binafif, Abdulaziz Abdullah and Azhar, Ahmad Zahirani and Bahar, Rubina and Karim, A.N. Mustafizul and Amin, A.K.M. Nurul (2018) Improvements in the development of silicon nitride inserts using hybrid microwave energy for machining Inconel 718. International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology (IJERT), 7 (10). pp. 244-247. ISSN 2278-0181

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Hybrid Microwave (HMW) sintering is becoming popular for heating ceramics, composites, metals and alloys. It is becoming a trendy research due to its capabilities in saving time, energy and money, increasing efficiency and productivity,improving mechanical and structural properties. Silicon Nitride (Si3N4) is widely used as a cutting insert for machining cast iron, hard steel and nickel based alloys. It is mass produced by traditional powder technology. This research aims to increase the tool life of the Silicon Nitride inserts by enhancing the mechanical and structural properties by using Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) at 1800°C and followed by hybrid microwave (HMW) post-sintering at 200°C for 10 minutes with the aid of Silicon Carbide powder as susceptor. Three different compositions (88%, 90% and 92% Si3N4) were synthesized in order to find the optimum composition using these techniques. Mechanical and structural properties were analyzed. The combination of HIP+HMW post sintering for just 10 minutes significantly enhanced the density (93-97%TD), hardness (18-22%), compressive strength (2-4%) and produced finer uniform grains particularly for 88% and 90% Si3N4 when compared with HIP samples without any post sintering effect. Hence, the 88% and 90% Si3N4 compositions produced by the combination of HIP+HMW post sintering are potentially suitable candidates for machining hard materials such as Inconel 718.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5202/68168
Uncontrolled Keywords: Silicon carbide; hybrid microwave post sintering; hot isostatic pressing; enhanced densification; improved mechanical properties; Inconel 718
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T175 Industrial research. Research and development
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS200 Metal manufactures. Metalworking
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Tasnim Firdaus Ariff
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 14:54
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2019 14:51
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/68168

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