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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 626429, 7 pages
Research Article

TiC0.5N0.5-Based Cermets with Varied Amounts of Si3N4 Nanopowders Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering

Key Laboratory on Deep GeoDrilling Technology of the Ministry of Land and Resources, School of Engineering and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China

Received 1 October 2014; Revised 11 January 2015; Accepted 20 January 2015

Academic Editor: Achim Trampert

Copyright © 2015 Changchun Lv et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


TiCN-based cermets with varied fractions of Si3N4 nanopowder (0–5 wt.%) were prepared by spark plasma sintering. The microstructural and mechanical properties of these cermets were investigated. In general, with increasing addition amount of Si3N4 nanopowder the relative density as well as mechanical properties of the as-prepared TiCN cermets increased first and then decreased. The samples containing 2 wt.% Si3N4 nanopowder presented the best performance with the relative density of about 98%, bending strength of 1000 MPa, and Vickers microhardness of about 1810 HV10.