Chapter 23. The Economics of Silicon Carbide Whisker Fabrication
- John B. Wachtman Jr
Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
Copyright © 1991 The American Ceramic Society, Inc.
Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 12, Issue 9/10
How to Cite
Schoenung, J. M. (2008) The Economics of Silicon Carbide Whisker Fabrication, in Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 12, Issue 9/10 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470313848.ch23
- Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1991
Print ISBN: 9780470375105
Online ISBN: 9780470313848
The process for fabricating silicon carbide whiskers via the reaction between silica and carbon was investigated, with the objective of identifying the critical variables controlling the process economics. The fabrication sequence was divided into three basic unit operations: pre-conversion preparation, conversion, and post-conversion quality enhancement. Within each unit operation, baseline cost estimates were determined, and the sensitivity of these costs to critical variables was analyzed using a technical cost model. Variables that were found to be critical to the resulting costs included the starting materials, the annual production volume, and the whisker yield.