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Table 1 Composition of micron-sized SiC and nano-sized Si-SiC composite particle, temperature, and pressure for preparing sintered SiC pellets and their relative densities and Vicker’s hardness

From: Sintering Behavior of Spark Plasma Sintered SiC with Si-SiC Composite Nanoparticles Prepared by Thermal DC Plasma Process

Sample Composition (wt%) Temp. (°C) Holding time (min) Pressure (MPa) Relative density (%) Vicker’s hardness (GPa)
Micron-sized SiC Nano-sized Si-SiC
a 90 10 1600 0 80 78.7 9.8
b 90 10 1700 0 80 86.1 14.8
c 90 10 1800 0 80 87.4 18.6
d 90 10 1800 1 80 88.2 21.2