Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) composites were sintered around 6 GPa/1200 °C in a cubic multi anvil press: aluminium in the starting mixture reacts with cubic boron nitride (cBN) and forms aluminium boride (AlB2) and nitride (AlN) bonding among cBN grains during high pressure high temperature (HPHT) sintering. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and Raman spectroscopy were utilized to analyse different phases,micro-structure,morphology, and compositions of the composites material. The dense structure of superhard cBN grains bonded together with light AlB2/AlN offers superior hardness, high strength, and X-ray transparency; PcBN anvils (12 mm height × 12 mm diameter × 5 mm culet) were built for rotational anvil cell for in-situ synchrotron high pressure experiments on Zirconium, and these PcBN anvils survived up to 32 GPa after initial tests.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials|
|State||Published - 2015|
- Cubic multi anvil press
- High pressure high temperature
- Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride
- Superhard materials