What are the advantages of silicon nitride?

Since 2022, Russia-Ukraine geopolitical conflicts have intensified, and global energy prices have risen sharply, with international natural gas prices hitting historic highs. As the most important transitional energy source in the transition from fossil energy to non-fossil energy, the share of natural gas in primary energy has increased from 14.6% in 1965 to 24.7% in 2020.  The global gas price indices showed a unilateral downward trend from 2018, bottomed out in 2020, and remained low for a long time. However, since July 2020, the global gas prices have gradually fluctuated upward, and the impact of geopolitical events made the Dutch TTF gas price even hit record highs repeatedly.

An analyst of a securities company believes that the core catalyst of this round of global gas market lies in the lack of investment in upstream oil and gas resources caused by long-term low prices. Since 2020, although the epidemic has led to a decline in demand, the decline in supply has been faster, resulting in a large inventory consumption. In 2021, demand will recover faster than supply (the supply-side is less sensitive to prices, which will be reflected in investment).  

As the world's two largest gas silicon nitride are also expected to change significantly.

What is silicon nitride?
Silicon nitride formula is Si3N4. Silicon nitride has two crystal forms: an and β. A-Si3N4 is granular crystal and p-Si3N4 is acicular crystal, both of which belong to hexagonal system.
Silicon nitride relative density is 3.18. Silicon nitride Morse hardness scale is 9. Low coefficient of thermal expansion, good chemical stability and excellent oxidation resistance. It decomposes into nitrogen and silicon at 1900℃. The strength of silicon nitride is very high and resistant to high temperature. Even if the high temperature is 1200℃, its strength will not change, it will not melt when heated. And it will not decompose until 1900℃. It has strong chemical corrosion resistance and can withstand the corrosion of almost all inorganic acids and a variety of organic acids. Silicon nitride has the advantages of hardness, low coefficient of thermal expansion, excellent thermal shock stability, good insulation, stable chemical properties and high mechanical strength.
 

Silicon nitride properties
High strength in a wide temperature range.
High fracture toughness.
Good bending strength.
Mechanical fatigue and creep resistance.
Lightweight-low density.
High hardness and wear resistance, impact and friction modes.
Excellent thermal shock resistance.
Low thermal expansion.
Electrical insulator.
Good oxidation resistance.
Good chemical corrosion resistance.
Wear resistance.
High rigidity.
 

What are the advantages of silicon nitride?
Compared with other technical ceramics, the low thermal expansion coefficient of silicon nitride provides good thermal shock resistance. It is very hard, better than most metals in terms of high temperature capacity, and has excellent oxidation resistance. As a result, silicon nitride can withstand the harshest conditions in the most demanding high temperature and high load applications.
When the silicon nitride bearing is used in the main engine of the space shuttle, it is identified as one of the few integral ceramic materials that can withstand severe thermal shocks and thermal gradients produced by hydrogen / oxygen rocket engines, and proved to be completely reliable throughout the space shuttle program.
 

What is silicon nitride used for?
Used for insulating materials, mechanical wear-resistant materials, heat engine materials, cutting tools, advanced refractories and corrosion-resistant, wear-resistant sealing parts, etc.
Silicon nitride ceramics can be used as combustion chamber of gas turbine, mechanical sealing ring, pipeline and valve of electromagnetic pump for conveying liquid aluminum, permanent mold, molten steel separation ring and so on.
Silicon nitride has a small friction coefficient and is used in high temperature bearings. its working temperature can reach 1200 ℃, which is 2.5 times higher than that of ordinary alloy bearings, and its working speed is 10 times that of ordinary bearings.
The use of silicon nitride ceramic with good electrical insulation and rapid cold and heat resistance can be used as an electric plug, which can greatly shorten the engine starting time and start the car quickly in cold weather.
Silicon nitride ceramics also have good microwave permeability, dielectric properties and high temperature strength, which can be used as radar radome for missiles and aircraft.
 
Silicon Nitride Price
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