In this paper, the possibility of production of Fe–TiC nanocomposite as a useful ceramic, from ilmenite concentrate, aluminum powder and carbon black has been investigated. Different amounts of FeTiO3, carbon black and Al powder were activated by a high-energy ball mill. Then the mixtures were synthesized by microwave heating at various times. The results of XRD investigation indicated that TiC has been synthesized within 5–10 min treatment microwave time. Moreover, it was found that by increasing the aluminum content, the Fe2O3 phase was replaced by SiC and Al2O3. In addition, from the broadening of the diffraction lines in the XRD patterns analysis, it was concluded that the TiC crystallites are nano-sized. Also, it was found that the existence of Al lead to increased grain size and decrease of the strain in the process.
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