Structure, mechanical properties, and sintering of nanostructured SiC (n-SiC) are investigated with neutron scattering and molecular-dynamics (MD) techniques. Both MD and the experiment indicate the onset of sintering around 1500 K. During sintering, the pores shrink while maintaining their morphology: the fractal dimension is ∼ 2 and the surface roughness exponent is ∼0.45. Structural analyses reveal that interfacial regions in n-SiC are disordered with nearly the same number of three- and fourfold coordinated Si atoms. The elastic moduli scale with the density as ∼ρμ, where μ = 3.4±0.1.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)