Al2O3-coated h-BN composite powders and as-prepared Si3N4-based self-lubricating ceramic cutting tool material

Research paper by Wenliang Zhang, Mingdong Yi; Guangchun Xiao; Jun Ma; Guangyong Wu; Chonghai Xu

Indexed on: 16 Dec '17Published on: 13 Dec '17Published in: International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials


Publication date: February 2018 Source:International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials, Volume 71 Author(s): Wenliang Zhang, Mingdong Yi, Guangchun Xiao, Jun Ma, Guangyong Wu, Chonghai Xu The surfaces of solid lubricant hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) powders were coated with compacted and integrated Al(OH)3 by heterogeneous nucleation and then the h-BN@Al2O3 composite powders were prepared by calcination under vacuum at 1200°C for 2h, as determined by SEM, EDS and XRD. The Si3N4 self-lubricating ceramic cutting tool material with coated h-BN was prepared by vacuum hot pressing. Microstructure analysis showed that the h-BN@Al2O3 particles were dispersed homogeneously in the matrix and that the particles were tightly bound. Vickers hardness was 14.1GPa, fracture toughness was 7.2MPa·m1/2, and flexural strength was 732MPa, as determined by mechanical property testing. The hardness, fracture toughness, and flexural strength of the material were increased by 27.0%, 5.9% and 22.2%, respectively, relative to the material to which uncoated h-BN was added. Cutting tests showed that the Si3N4/TiC/(h-BN@Al2O3) self-lubricating ceramic cutting tool had better antifriction property and wear resistance than the corresponding cutting tool.