Metall. Res. Technol.
Volume 114, Number 5, 2017
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Published online||09 August 2017|
Conventional and microwave assisted sintering of copper-silicon carbide metal matrix composites: a comparison
Department of Manufacturing Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, VIT University Vellore,
Tamil Nadu, India
2 Centre for Innovative Manufacturing Research (CIMR), VIT University Vellore, 632 014 Tamil Nadu, India
3 107 Materials Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 16802 Pennsylvania, USA
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 13 April 2017
This study investigates the effect of heating mode on the sintering of Copper-SiC metal matrix composites containing up to 7.5 wt.% SiC. The sinterability of the Cu-SiC system consolidated in a 2.45 GHz multimode microwave furnace has been critically compared with that processed in a radiatively heated (conventional) furnace. As compared to conventional sintering, microwave processing has resulted in a greater densification. It was observed that an increase in SiC content resulted in a higher hardness of the materials for both the heating modes. For all compositions, the electrical conductivity and hardness of microwave-sintered Cu-SiC composites are higher than those of their conventionally sintered counterparts.
Key words: composite / sintering / densification / hardness / electrical conductivity / wear
© EDP Sciences, 2017
Current usage metrics show cumulative count of Article Views (full-text article views including HTML views, PDF and ePub downloads, according to the available data) and Abstracts Views on Vision4Press platform.
Data correspond to usage on the plateform after 2015. The current usage metrics is available 48-96 hours after online publication and is updated daily on week days.
Initial download of the metrics may take a while.