Silicon Nitride Powder is a kind of black gray powder, which has good mechanical properties such as hardness, wear resistance and inherent lubricity. It is often used in bearings, turbine blades, mechanical seal rings and permanent molds.
In recent years, manufacturers of metal, ceramic and graphite matrix composites have started to experiment with the application of silicon nitride nanopowder as a key additive or component. In metallurgy, this is especially useful for coatings on sleeves, valves, cutting edges, bearings, and turbines that are prone to extensive wear.
The use of si3n4 powder is also gaining interest in tribological applications for a variety of reasons, namely: high hardness, wear resistance and inherent lubricity. These characteristics are particularly attractive to tribological applications, as they are not influenced by the chemical composition of the material and can provide good wear resistance under unlubricated conditions.
A number of studies have been conducted on the tribological properties of si3n4-based ceramics with particulate additions of TiB2. These include a comparison of the sliding wear of a Si3N4-40 vol%/TiB2 disc against a BGSN ball in the presence of various phosphorus compounds (Kd). Jones et al. (2001) also performed tribological tests on Si3N4/TiB2 tribo-pairs with particulate additions of TiB2.