Silicon Nitride

Balls: Silicon Nitride

Material

Size Range

Grade

Silicon Nitride

1/32 - 2" (.0312mm - 50.8mm)

3-24

Larger sizes available upon special order.  Conforms to ASTM Specification F2094; Class I for Silicon Nitride.  In addition we offer limited sizes in Class II materials.


Specified for use in such high-technology industries such as hybrid bearings, aerospace and defense;
Silicon Nitride ceramic balls feature these advanced characteristics:

  • Excellent corrosion resistance withstands attack from harsh chemicals and demanding environmental conditions.
  • Lightweight Silicon Nitride weighs 60% less than steel which reduces centrifugal force, skidding and wear under high speed and acceleration.
  • Superior Surface Finish, Ra 0.1 7-0.25 micro inches may extend L-10 life to as much as 10 times that of steel bearings.
  • High Temperature Hardness is twice that of steel. These all-ceramic balls retain their strength and hardness up to 1800 degrees F.
  • Silicon Nitride is further characterized by its low density of 3.2 g/cc, high flexural strength of 1.0 GPa, and fracture toughness of 6 MPa/M2.

These outstanding properties, together with Hoover's exacting manufacturing standards regarding sphericity, diameter tolerance, and surface finish, make Hoover's silicon nitride balls ideal for high performance ball bearings.

Material Analysis

Grade

Allowable Lot Diameter Variation

Basic Diameter Tolerance

Allowable Ball Gage Deviation High

Allowable Ball Gage Deviation Low

Max. Surface Roughness. Arithmetical Average. Micro-meters (Micro-inches)

2C

0.08 (3)

±0.51 (±20)

+0.51 (+20)

-0.51 (-20)

0.004 (0.15)

3C

0.13 (5)

±0.51 (±20)

+0.51 (+20)

-0.51 (-20)

0.004 (0.15)

5C

0.25 (10)

±0.76 (±30)

+0.76 (+30)

-0.76 (-30)

0.005 (0.20)

10C

0.51 (10)

±2.54 (±100)

+1.27 (+50)

-1.02 (-40)

0.006 (0.25)

16C

0.80 (32)

±2.54 (±100)

+1.27 (+50)

-1.02 (-40)

0.009 (0.35)

24C

1.22 (48)

±2.54 (±100)

+2.54 (+100)

-2.54 (-100)

0.013 (0.50)

48C

2.44 (96)

N/A

N/A

N/A

0.013 (0.50)

 

Mechanical Properties

Minimum

Maximum

Density, g/cc (lb/ft3)

3.0 (187)

3.4 (212)

Elastic Modulus, Gpa (ksi)

270 (39150)

330 (47850)

Poisson’s ration

0.23

0.29

Thermal Conductivity, W/m-ºK (Btu/h-ft-ºF) - @ 20ºC (Room Temp.)

20 (11.5)

38 (21.9)

Specific Heat, J/kg-ºK (Btu/1bm-ºF)

650 (0.167)

800 (0.191)

Coefficient of thermal expansion, x10-6/ºC (Room Temp. to 500ºC)

2.3

3.4

Resistivity, Ohm-m

1010

1016

Compressive Strength Mpa (ksi)

3000 (435)

 

ASpecial material data should be obtained from individual suppliers.

Please note that the material information provided on our website is for informational purposes only. The properties listed per product type are typical and can vary based on suppliers of raw materials and customer specific needs. Please contact customer service for verification prior to ordering. Price and delivery may be subject to change based on specific requirements.

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