Electronic Materials Letters

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 337–343 | Cite as

Effect of milling on properties and consolidation of AlN by high-frequency induction heated sintering

  • In-Jin ShonEmail author
  • Hanjung Kwon
  • Hyun-Su Oh


Commercial AlN powders were high-energy ball milled for various durations, and consolidated without a binder, using the high-frequency induction heated sintering method (HFIHS). The effect of milling on the sintering behavior, crystallite size and mechanical properties of AlN compacts were evaluated. A dense AlN compact with a relative density of up to 96% could be readily obtained within 1 min. The ball milling effectively refined the crystallite structure of AlN powders, and facilitated the subsequent densification. The sinter-onset temperature was reduced appreciably, by the prior milling for 10 h from 750°C to 600°C. Accordingly, the relative density of AlN compact increased, as the milling time increased. It is clearly demonstrated that a quick densification of AlN bulk materials to near the theoretical density could be obtained by the combination of HFIHS and the preparatory high-energy ball milling process.


nanomaterials sintering hardness fracture toughness AlN 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Advanced Materials Engineering and Center for Advanced Bioimaging Research, Engineering CollegeChonbuk National UniversityJeonjuKorea
  2. 2.Minerals and Materials Processing DivisionKorea Institute of Geoscience, Mining and Materials ResourcesDaejeonKorea

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