Mallick, D and Chakrabarti, Omprakash and Maiti, Himadri Sekhar and Majumdar, R (2007) Si/SiC ceramics from wood of Indian dicotyledonous mango tree. Ceramics International, 33 (7). pp. 1217-1222. ISSN 0272-8842

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Synthesis of cellular Si/SiC ceramics using native dicotyledonous plants was investigated. Mango (Mangifera indica) represents a typical dicotyledonous plant. Wood of mango tree having typical structural features was transformed by controlled pyrolysis into carbonaceous preforms and subsequently converted into Si/SiC ceramics by liquid Si-infiltration at similar to 1600 degrees C under vacuum. The pyrolyzed mango was characterized in terms of pyrolysis weight loss, shrinkages, bulk density and microstructures. The resulting ceramics have maximum density of 2.66 g/cm(3) with porosity of 0.5 vol.% and contain silicon carbide (SiC), residual Si, in addition to pores or carbon (trace). The conversion process preserves the microcellular morphology of the parent wood tissue anatomy in the ceramic structure. Typically, Si/SiC-mango has room temperature flexural strength of 247 MPa, Young's modulus of 253 GPa, hardness of 1182 kg/mm(2) and shows small gain in weight of similar to 2% during oxidative heating LIP to 1300 degrees C in flowing air.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Processing Science
Depositing User: Namita Dutta
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2012 12:16
Last Modified: 15 May 2016 13:35

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