Reaction Bonded Silicon Carbide

The National Science Foundation has named Ceralink's new low cost method for Reaction Bonded Silicon Carbide a "disruptive technology". We've applied for a patent and we are looking for partners. What's special is the way we have harnessed the reaction between carbon and silicon. We use low cost, easy to purify all carbon preforms, instead of silicon carbide grains. We use a proprietary formula and special methods for controlling the highly exothermic reaction to give us the fastest, cheapest way of making reaction bonded silicon carbide. And the nature of this method gives the finest SiC grains for highest hardness and strength. The first target applications are mechanical pump seals, bearings, and other wear parts. The bright future for this high purity Reaction Bonded Silicon Carbide is in semiconductor processing components.

Advantages

  • Ability to produce high purity end products at a much lower cost using fine carbon instead of SiC for the preform
  • Comparable strengths to conventional RBSC and sintered SiC
  • Carbon preforms are easier to machine than SiC preforms, allowing for rapid near net-shape production
  • Rapid conversion compared to conventional RBSC methods, allowing for complete cycles of only 10-30 minutes
  • Raw material costs less than 50% of conventional materials

Applications

RBSC has applications in the following fields:

  • Kiln Furniture
  • Support Components
  • Wear Parts
  • Thrust Bearings
  • Mechanical Seals and Vanes
  • Precision Components