Consolidation of iron powder by electrical resistance sintering
Keywords:Electrical resistance sintering, Iron, Hot pressing, Powder metallurgy
A particular kind of hot pressing, in which the powder mass, subjected to pressure, is simultaneously heated by passing through a high-intensity electrical current is described and analysed. Commercial iron powder was used for the experimental work. Special emphasis is given to the densification kinetics. A qualitative microscopic interpretation of densification rate is suggested, based on the hypothesis of partial formation and rapid solidification of liquid phase. This interpretation is supported by the evolution of global porosity and electrical resistance of specimens during the electrical sintering process. The microstructural characteristics of compacts consolidated in the conventional way (cold pressing and furnace sintering) and by electrical resistance sintering are compared.
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