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Impact of pressure on Sintering of Cemented Carbides
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Processing.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this Master Thesis work, the effect of pressure on sintering of cemented carbides is investigated. Special focus hasbeen given to the residual porosity after sintering. It is well known that sintering shrinkage depends on binder phasecontent, grain size, temperature and pressure. Thus 4 different cemented carbides grades were selected. The gradeswere pressed into standard products and TRS (Tensile Rupture Strength) rods with two different shrinkage factors.These were then sintered at different pressures and temperatures. Thereafter the impact of pressure on propertiessuch as Density, Coercivity, Porosity and TRS were analyzed. The observations were further supported with Weibullprobability analysis and fracture surface analysis in SEM.It has been shown that there exists a distinct threshold pressure at which significant reduction in porosity occurs forgiven compacted densities. For 3 out of 4 cemented carbide grades it has been observed that P2 sintering pressure issufficient to meet desired product characteristics. The fourth grade required a minimum sintering pressure of P4 toachieve desired quality criteria. Moreover it has been concluded that an increased sintering pressure increasesmaterial strength, as compared to vacuum sintering, thereby reducing the amount of early failures caused by poresduring TRS test.                                    Keywords: Cemented Carbides, Pressurized Sintering, Tungsten carbide, Porosity, Vacuum sintering, TensileRupture Strength, Weibull analysis, Fracture surface analysis.

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2013. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
Cemented Carbides, Pressurized Sintering, Tungsten Carbide, Tensile Rupture Strength, Fracture surface analysis, Weibull Analysis
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-123170OAI: diva2:625068
Subject / course
Materials Design and Engineering
Educational program
Master of Science - Materials Science and Engineering
2013-03-26, SANDVIK Conference room, SANDVIK Mining, Vastbergavagen ,Stockholm, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-06-04 Created: 2013-06-04 Last updated: 2013-06-04Bibliographically approved

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