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SC0909 Silicon Nitride Bearing, Si3N4

Catalog No. SC0909
Material Ceramic
Purity 97%~99%
Density 3.44 g/cm3


Silicon Nitride Bearing Description

Silicon Nitride BearingsSilicon nitride bearing is made of a high-melting-point ceramic material that is extremely hard and relatively chemically inert. Silicon nitride Si3N4 ceramic is prepared by heating powdered silicon between 1300 °C and 1400 °C in an atmosphere of nitrogen. Then the powder of silicon nitride can be sintered to designed shape. Si3N4 ceramic is an ideal material for bearings. Silicon nitride ceramic bearing has good wear and corrosion resistance, and great mechanical strength under high temperature. We can supply full ceramic and hybrid bearings products made by silicon nitride, zirconia as well as silicon carbide.

Silicon Nitride Bearing Specifications 

Comparison of ceramic bearings & steel bearing

  Si3N4 ZrO2 Steel
Working temperature 800 C 800 C 180 C
Density 3.24 g/cm3 6 g/cm3 7.8 g/cm3
Thermal expansion coeff. 3.4×10-6 10.5 12.5×10-6
Hardness, HV 1500 1300 About 750
Young’s Module 320 GPa 210 GPa 208 GPa
Corrosion resistance Good Good Poor
Thermal conductivity Low Low High
Magnetism None None Yes
Wear resistance Excellent Excellent Good








Silicon Nitride Bearing Applications

Silicon nitride ceramic is ideal for bearing parts. Silicon nitride bearing balls have already been applied in automobiles, rockets high-speed engines, equipment working in a corrosive environment and some performance model cars. Compared with steel, high-performance ceramic balls have better mechanical properties under high temperature and could survive from most the corrosive chemicals. As the price of ceramic materials decreased, it could have more applications.


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by Terry Tolbert on Silicon Nitride Bearings

Quality product, work well. Five stars