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  1. Sintering of nano crystalline silicon carbide doping with aluminium nitride

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    M S Datta; A K Bandyopadhyay; B Chaudhuri

    2002-04-01

    Sinterable silicon carbide powders were prepared by attrition milling and chemical processing of an acheson type -SiC. Pressureless sintering of these powders was achieved by addition of aluminium nitride together with carbon. Nearly 99% sintered density was obtained. The mechanism of sintering was studied by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. This study shows that the mechanism is a solid sintering process.

  2. Enhanced Sintering of Boron Carbide-Silicon Composites by Silicon

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    Zeng, Xiaojun; Liu, Weiliang

    2016-09-01

    Boron carbide (B4C)-silicon (Si) composites have been prepared by aqueous tape casting, laminating, and spark plasma sintering (SPS). The influences of silicon (Si) content on the phases, microstructure, sintering properties, and mechanical properties of the obtained B4C-Si composites are studied. The results indicate that the addition of Si powder can act as a sintering aid and contribute to the sintering densification. The addition of Si powder can also act as a second phase and contribute to the toughening for composites. The relative density of B4C-Si composites samples with adding 10 wt.% Si powder prepared by SPS at 1600 °C and 50 MPa for 8 min is up to 98.3%. The bending strength, fracture toughness, and Vickers hardness of the sintered samples are 518.5 MPa, 5.87 MPa m1/2, and 38.9 GPa, respectively. The testing temperature-dependent high-temperature bending strength and fracture toughness can reach a maximum value at 1350 °C. The B4C-Si composites prepared at 1600, 1650, and 1700 °C have good high-temperature mechanical properties. This paper provides a facile low-temperature sintering route for B4C ceramics with improved properties.

  3. Enhanced Sintering of Boron Carbide-Silicon Composites by Silicon

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    Zeng, Xiaojun; Liu, Weiliang

    2016-11-01

    Boron carbide (B4C)-silicon (Si) composites have been prepared by aqueous tape casting, laminating, and spark plasma sintering (SPS). The influences of silicon (Si) content on the phases, microstructure, sintering properties, and mechanical properties of the obtained B4C-Si composites are studied. The results indicate that the addition of Si powder can act as a sintering aid and contribute to the sintering densification. The addition of Si powder can also act as a second phase and contribute to the toughening for composites. The relative density of B4C-Si composites samples with adding 10 wt.% Si powder prepared by SPS at 1600 °C and 50 MPa for 8 min is up to 98.3%. The bending strength, fracture toughness, and Vickers hardness of the sintered samples are 518.5 MPa, 5.87 MPa m1/2, and 38.9 GPa, respectively. The testing temperature-dependent high-temperature bending strength and fracture toughness can reach a maximum value at 1350 °C. The B4C-Si composites prepared at 1600, 1650, and 1700 °C have good high-temperature mechanical properties. This paper provides a facile low-temperature sintering route for B4C ceramics with improved properties.

  4. The effect of high density electric pulses on sintered aluminum 201AB silicon carbide MMC PM compacts during plastic deformation

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    Dariavach, Nader Guseinovich

    The effect of high-density electrical pulses on mechanical and structural properties of sintered aluminum SiC metal-matrix composites, fabricated by standard powder-metallurgy compaction and sintering, was investigated. Three types of phenomena where investigated during transverse rupture testing of the samples: a consolidation effect (increasing of the transverse rupture strength (TRS)), an electroplastic effect (decreasing of the flow stresses), and an increasing of the stress intensity factor by electric pulse application. It was observed, that an increase in the TRS strength of sintered powder metallurgy (PM) aluminum and aluminum metal matrix composite (MMC) compacts is a result of the electric pulse consolidation effect due to non-uniform temperature distribution around the grain boundaries. Three analytical models of the thermal effect of electric pulses on aluminum samples where considered: total temperature change of the sample due to a one electric pulse, one-dimensional steady state model and transient 2D thermal analysis of the temperature distribution around the grain boundary. The 2D transient analysis shows that the temperature rise in the grain boundary of a sintered PM aluminum sample due to an electric pulse can exceed the melting point. At the same time the temperature of the bulk material has an insignificant (melt the crack tip and increase the strength of the damaged material. The experimental study shows an increase in the stress intensity factor up to 76% for sintered aluminum PM compacts and up to 116% for sintered aluminum MMC PM compacts due to application of high-density electric pulses during transverse rapture testing.

  5. Mechanical characteristics of microwave sintered silicon carbide

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    S Mandal; A Seal; S K Dalui; A K Dey; S Ghatak; A K Mukhopadhyay

    2001-04-01

    The present work deals with the sintering of SiC with a low melting additive by microwave technique. The mechanical characteristics of the products were compared with that of conventionally sintered products. The failure stress of the microwave sintered products, in biaxial flexure, was superior to that of the products made by conventional sintering route in ambient condition. In firing of products by conventionally sintered process, SiC grain gets oxidized producing SiO2 (∼ 32 wt%) and deteriorates the quality of the product substantially. Partially sintered silicon carbide by such a method is a useful material for a varieties of applications ranging from kiln furniture to membrane material.

  6. Microstructure of Spark Plasma-Sintered Silicon Nitride Ceramics

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    Lukianova, O. A.; Novikov, V. Yu.; Parkhomenko, A. A.; Sirota, V. V.; Krasilnikov, V. V.

    2017-04-01

    The microstructure and phase composition of the high-content Al2O3-Y2O3-doped spark plasma-sintered silicon nitride were investigated. Fully dense silicon nitride ceramics with a typical α-Si3N4 equiaxed structure with average grain size from 200 to 530 nm, high elastic modulus of 288 GPa, and high hardness of 2038 HV were spark plasma sintered (SPSed) at 1550 °C. Silicon nitride with elongated β-Si3N4 grains, higher hardness of 1800 HV, density of 3.25 g/cm3, and Young's modulus 300 GPa SPSed at 1650 °C was also reviewed.

  7. Liquid Phase Sintering (LPS) and Dielectric Constant of α-Silicon Nitride Ceramic

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    CHEN Changlian; CHEN Fei; SHEN Qiang; ZHANG Lianmeng; YAN Faqiang

    2006-01-01

    The spark plasma sintering (SPS) was applied to prepare α-Si3N4 ceramics of different densities with magnesia, silicon dioxide, alumina as the sintering aids. The mechanism of liquid phase sintering (LPS) was discussed and the factors influencing the density of the prepared samples were analyzed. The dielectric constant of sintered samples was tested. The experimental results show that the density can be controlled from 2.48 g/cm3 to 3.09 g/cm3 while the content of the sintering aids and the sintering temperature alter and the dielectric constant is closely dependent on the density of obtained samples.

  8. Structural Evolution of Silicon Carbide Nanopowders during the Sintering Process

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    Galina Volkova

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Processes of sintering of silicon carbide nanopowder were investigated. Values of density (ρ=3.17 g/cm3 and strength (σ=450 MPa were obtained. Within the theory of dispersed systems, the temperature evolution of the materials structure was considered. The relationship between sintering temperature, characteristics of crystal structure and physical properties, in particular, density, and strength of aforementioned ceramics was established. It was concluded that it is necessary to suppress the anomalous diffusion at temperatures above 2080°C.

  9. Sintering of silicon nitride ceramics with magnesium silicon nitride and yttrium oxide as sintering aids

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    Jiang, J; Xu, J Y [Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 200235 (China); Peng, G H [Guangxi Normal University, Guilin 541004, Guangxi (China); Zhuang, H R; Li, W L; Xu, S Y [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Mao, Y J, E-mail: guojianjiang@sit.edu.cn [Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    2011-10-29

    Silicon nitride (Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}) ceramics had been produced through pressureless sintering and hot-pressing sintering with MgSiN{sub 2}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} or only MgSiN{sub 2} as sintering aids. The influences of the amount of MgSiN{sub 2} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and sintering methods on the properties of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramics were investigated. The results show that the bend strength of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramic fabricated through pressureless sintering at 1820 deg. C for 4 h with 5.6 wt.% MgSiN{sub 2}-15.8 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} as sintering additive could achieve 839 MPa. However, the bend strength of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramic produced by hot-pressing sintering at 1750 deg. C for 1 h under uniaxial pressure of 20 MPa with 4.76 wt.% MgSiN{sub 2} was 1149 MPa. The thermal conductivity of the Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramic 2 3 4 could reach to 129 W{center_dot}m{sup -1{center_dot}}K{sup 1}. The present work demonstrated that MgSiN{sub 2} aids and hot-pressing sintering were effective to improve the thermal conductivity of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramic.

  10. Selective laser sintering of polymer-coated silicon carbide powders

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    Nelson, J.C.; Vail, N.K.; Barlow, J.W.; Beaman, J.J.; Bourell, D.L.; Marcus, H.L. [Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)

    1995-05-01

    Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) produces three-dimensional objects directly from a computer-aided design (CAD) solid model, without part-specific tooling, by repeatedly depositing thin layers of fusible powder and selective sintering each layer to the next with a rastered, modulated, CO{sub 2} laser beam. This technology, originally intended to produce parts and patterns from powdered waxes and thermoplastics, can be extended through use of thermoplastic-coated inorganic powder to producing green shapes which contain metal or ceramic powder bound together with the thermoplastic. These shapes can be subsequently processed into metal, ceramic, or composite metal/ceramic parts by various methods. Generally, the strength of the green shape critically depends on the layer to layer fusion that is achieved. A model of the SLS process is presented that correctly estimates the sintering depths in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and coated silicon carbide (SiC) powders that result from operating parameters including laser power, beam scanning speed, beam diameter, scan spacing, and temperature. Green part densities and strengths are found to correlate with a combination of parameters, termed the energy density, that arise naturally from consideration of the energy input to the powder bed.

  11. Sintering of nano crystalline silicon carbide by doping with boron carbide

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    M S Datta; A K Bandyopadhyay; B Chaudhuri

    2002-06-01

    Sinterable nano silicon carbide powders of mean particle size (37 nm) were prepared by attrition milling and chemical processing of an acheson type alpha silicon carbide having mean particle size of 0.39 m (390 nm). Pressureless sintering of these powders was achieved by addition of boron carbide of 0.5 wt% together with carbon of 1 wt% at 2050°C at vacuum (3 mbar) for 15 min. Nearly 99% sintered density was obtained. The mechanism of sintering was studied by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. This study shows that the mechanism is a solid-state sintering process. Polytype transformation from 6H to 4H was observed.

  12. Densification studies of silicon carbide-based ceramics with yttria, silica and alumina as sintering additives

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    J. Marchi

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available Silicon carbide has been extensively used in structural applications, especially at high temperatures. In this work, Y2O3, Al2O3 and SiO2 were added to beta-SiC in order to obtain highly dense ceramics. Sintering was conducted in a dilatometer and in a graphite resistance furnace and the densification behaviour was studied. Sintered samples were characterised by density measurements, the crystalline phases were identified by X-ray diffraction. Microstructural observation of polished and polished/etched samples was carried out with help of scanning electron microscopy. Silicon carbide ceramics with more than 90% of the theoretical density were obtained by pressureless sintering if a suitable proportion of the additives is used.

  13. Spark Plasma Sintering of Low Alloy Steel Modified with Silicon Carbide

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    Hebda M.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The influence of adding different amounts of silicon carbide on the properties (density, transverse rupture strength, microhardness and corrosion resistance and microstructure of low alloy steel was investigated. Samples were prepared by mechanical alloying (MA process and sintered by spark plasma sintering (SPS technique. After the SPS process, half of each of obtained samples was heat-treated in a vacuum furnace. The results show that the high-density materials have been achieved. Homogeneous and fine microstructure was obtained. The heat treatment that followed the SPS process resulted in an increase in the mechanical and plastic properties of samples with the addition 1wt. % of silicon carbide. The investigated compositions containing 1 wt.% of SiC had better corrosion resistance than samples with 3 wt.% of silicon carbide addition. Moreover, corrosion resistance of the samples with 1 wt.% of SiC can further be improved by applying heat treatment.

  14. Silicon carbide sintered body manufactured from silicon carbide powder containing boron, silicon and carbonaceous additive

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    Tanaka, Hidehiko

    1987-01-01

    A silicon carbide powder of a 5-micron grain size is mixed with 0.15 to 0.60 wt% mixture of a boron compound, i.e., boric acid, boron carbide (B4C), silicon boride (SiB4 or SiB6), aluminum boride, etc., and an aluminum compound, i.e., aluminum, aluminum oxide, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum carbide, etc., or aluminum boride (AlB2) alone, in such a proportion that the boron/aluminum atomic ratio in the sintered body becomes 0.05 to 0.25 wt% and 0.05 to 0.40 wt%, respectively, together with a carbonaceous additive to supply enough carbon to convert oxygen accompanying raw materials and additives into carbon monoxide.

  15. Transient liquid phase sintering of tantalum carbide ceramics by using silicon as the sintering aid and its effects on microstructure and mechanical properties

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    Zhong, Lianbing [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Liu, Limeng, E-mail: liulimeng@hit.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Worsch, Christian; Gonzalez, Jesus; Springer, André [Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Lobdergraben 32, D-07743 Jena (Germany); Ye, Feng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2015-01-15

    Tantalum carbide composites with 0.76–8.85 wt.% elemental silicon as a sintering aid were fabricated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 1700 °C and 30 MPa for 5 min. The transient-liquid-phase sintering behavior, the microstructures and the mechanical properties of the tantalum carbide composites were investigated. Oxide impurities present on the surfaces of the tantalum carbide particles were eliminated by reactions with the elemental silicon in a temperature range from 1271 °C to 1503 °C to benefit densification. Then the silicon melted at its melting point temperature of 1413 °C to facilitate rearrangement of the tantalum carbide particles. By the end of the densification, the elemental silicon transformed into more refractory TaSi{sub 2} and SiC in the consolidated ceramics by reactions with the tantalum carbide at temperatures lower than 1773 °C. Both TaSi{sub 2} and SiC particles improved densification by physically pinning growth of the tantalum carbide grains. Further densification was resulted from creep flow of the silicides after brittle-to-ductile transformation of the silicides at temperatures <1650 °C. Due to the good effects of using elemental silicon as the sintering aid, all the compositions reached densities >96.7% theoretical. The average grain sizes in the consolidated materials decreased with the silicon addition from about 19 μm in the 0.76 wt.% Si composition to about 9 μm in the 8.85 wt.% Si composition. A good flexural strength up to ∼709 MPa was reached in the 8.85 wt.% Si material due to full density and fine microstructure. - Highlights: • Tantalum carbide ceramics were densified by using 0.76–8.85 wt.% silicon as the sintering aids. • The transient liquid phase sintering behavior of the material system was discussed. • The elemental silicon improved densification and subsequently replaced by TaSi{sub 2} and SiC. • The tantalum carbide ceramic with 8.85 wt.% silicon addition showed a good flexural

  16. Recent trends and theoretical background in sintering of silicon carbide ceramics

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    Suzuki, H.

    1983-01-01

    This article gives an outline of sintering techniques of silicon carbide and refers to recent developments. These techniques are also applicable to other oxides with a high melting point and particularly high sinterability, namely MgO and BeO.

  17. From nanoparticles to nanocrystalline bulk: percolation effects in field assisted sintering of silicon nanoparticles.

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    Schwesig, D; Schierning, G; Theissmann, R; Stein, N; Petermann, N; Wiggers, H; Schmechel, R; Wolf, D E

    2011-04-01

    Nanocrystalline bulk materials are desirable for many applications as they combine mechanical strength and specific electronic transport properties. Our bottom-up approach starts with tailored nanoparticles. Compaction and thermal treatment are crucial, but usually the final stage sintering is accompanied by rapid grain growth which spoils nanocrystallinity. For electrically conducting nanoparticles, field activated sintering techniques overcome this problem. Small grain sizes have been maintained in spite of consolidation. Nevertheless, the underlying principles, which are of high practical importance, have not been fully elucidated yet. In this combined experimental and theoretical work, we show how the developing microstructure during sintering correlates with the percolation paths of the current through the powder using highly doped silicon nanoparticles as a model system. It is possible to achieve a nanocrystalline bulk material and a homogeneous microstructure. For this, not only the generation of current paths due to compaction, but also the disintegration due to Joule heating is required. The observed density fluctuations on the micrometer scale are attributed to the heat profile of the simulated powder networks.

  18. From nanoparticles to nanocrystalline bulk: percolation effects in field assisted sintering of silicon nanoparticles

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    Schwesig, D; Wolf, D E [Department of Physics and Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CeNIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany); Schierning, G; Theissmann, R; Stein, N; Petermann, N; Wiggers, H; Schmechel, R [Faculty of Engineering and Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CeNIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

    2011-04-01

    Nanocrystalline bulk materials are desirable for many applications as they combine mechanical strength and specific electronic transport properties. Our bottom-up approach starts with tailored nanoparticles. Compaction and thermal treatment are crucial, but usually the final stage sintering is accompanied by rapid grain growth which spoils nanocrystallinity. For electrically conducting nanoparticles, field activated sintering techniques overcome this problem. Small grain sizes have been maintained in spite of consolidation. Nevertheless, the underlying principles, which are of high practical importance, have not been fully elucidated yet. In this combined experimental and theoretical work, we show how the developing microstructure during sintering correlates with the percolation paths of the current through the powder using highly doped silicon nanoparticles as a model system. It is possible to achieve a nanocrystalline bulk material and a homogeneous microstructure. For this, not only the generation of current paths due to compaction, but also the disintegration due to Joule heating is required. The observed density fluctuations on the micrometer scale are attributed to the heat profile of the simulated powder networks.

  19. Implementation Challenges for Sintered Silicon Carbide Fiber Bonded Ceramic Materials for High Temperature Applications

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    Singh, M.

    2011-01-01

    During the last decades, a number of fiber reinforced ceramic composites have been developed and tested for various aerospace and ground based applications. However, a number of challenges still remain slowing the wide scale implementation of these materials. In addition to continuous fiber reinforced composites, other innovative materials have been developed including the fibrous monoliths and sintered fiber bonded ceramics. The sintered silicon carbide fiber bonded ceramics have been fabricated by the hot pressing and sintering of silicon carbide fibers. However, in this system reliable property database as well as various issues related to thermomechanical performance, integration, and fabrication of large and complex shape components has yet to be addressed. In this presentation, thermomechanical properties of sintered silicon carbide fiber bonded ceramics (as fabricated and joined) will be presented. In addition, critical need for manufacturing and integration technologies in successful implementation of these materials will be discussed.

  20. Effect of sintering on the relative density of Cr-coated diamond/Cu composites prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    Wei Cui; Hui Xu; Jian-hao Chen; Shu-bin Ren; Xin-bo He; Xuan-hui Qu

    2016-01-01

    Cr-coated diamond/Cu composites were prepared by spark plasma sintering. The effects of sintering pressure, sintering tempera-ture, sintering duration, and Cu powder particle size on the relative density and thermal conductivity of the composites were investigated in this paper. The influence of these parameters on the properties and microstructures of the composites was also discussed. The results show that the relative density of Cr-coated diamond/Cu reaches ~100% when the composite is gradually compressed to 30 MPa during the heating process. The densification temperature increases from 880 to 915°C when the diamond content is increased from 45vol% to 60vol%. The densification temperature does not increase further when the content reaches 65vol%. Cu powder particles in larger size are beneficial for in-creasing the relative density of the composite.

  1. Sintering and microstructure of silicon carbide ceramic with Y3Al5O12 added by sol-gel method

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    GUO Xing-zhong; YANG Hui

    2005-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) ceramic with YAG (Y3Al5O12) additive added by sol-gel method was liquid-phase sintered at different sintering temperatures, and the sintering mechanism and microstructural characteristics of resulting silicon carbide ceramics were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and elemental distribution of surface (EDS). YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) phase formed before the sintering and its uniform distribution in the SiC/YAG composite powder decreased the sintering temperature and improved the densification of SiC ceramic. The suitable sintering temperature was 860 ℃ with the specimen sintered at this temperature having superior sintering and mechanical properties, smaller crystal size and fewer microstructure defects. Three characteristics of improved toughness of SiC ceramic with YAG added by sol-gel method were microstructural densification, main-crack deflection and crystal ‘bridging'.

  2. Influence of Various Process Parameters on the Density of Sintered Aluminium Alloys

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    Mateusz Laska

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of density measurements carried out on Alumix sintered parts. ECKA Alumix aluminium powders were used because of their wide application in the powder metallurgy industry. The compacts were produced using a wide range of compaction pressures for three different chemical compositions. The compacts were then sintered under a pure dry nitrogen atmosphere at three different temperatures. The heating and cooling rates were the same throughout the entire test. The results showed that the green density increases with compaction pressure, but that sintered density is independent of green density (compaction pressure for each sintering temperature.

  3. effects of sintering temperature on the density and porosity of ...

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    2013-03-01

    Mar 1, 2013 ... turing. 2. Sintering Mechanism. Sintering occurs by atomic diffusion processes that are stimulated by high .... of the experiments was repeated three times. 3.2. ... test revealed the variation of porosity across the mi- crostructure ...

  4. Critical current densities in Bi-2223 sinter forgings.

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    Balachandran, U.; Fisher, B. L.; Goretta, K. C.; Harris, N. C.; Murayama, N.

    1999-07-23

    (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (Bi-2223) bars, prepared by sinter forging, exhibited good phase purity and strong textures with the c axes of the Bi-2223 grains parallel to the forging direction. The initial zero-field critical current density (J{sub c}) of the bars was 10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2}, but because the forged bars were uncoated, this value decreased with repeated thermal cycling. J{sub c} as a function of applied magnetic field magnitude and direction roughly followed the dependencies exhibited by Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tapes, but the forged bars were more strongly dependent on field strength and less strongly dependent on field angle.

  5. Sintering and microstructural characterization of the silicon nitride activated with niobium, praseodymium and neodymium oxides; Sinterizacao e caracterizacao microestrutural do nitreto de silicio aditivado com niobia, preaseodimia e neodimia

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    Silva, Cosme Roberto Moreira da; Folgueras, Luiza de Castro [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial (CTA), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Atividades Espaciais

    1997-12-31

    The aim of this work is the sintering and characterization of silicon nitride with neodimia, niobia and praseodimia additions. The sintering process was performed at 1750 deg C, during 30 minutes. The characterization induced porosity determination, additive distribution X-ray diffraction and Knoop microhardness evaluation. Higher density and more effective {alpha}-> {beta} transformation has been achieved on samples with praseodimia/neodimia additions. These results are associated with more effective liquid phase sintering mechanism, operative for such compositions. It will enable bigger wetting of silicon nitride grains, higher solubility and diffusion via liquid phase, in comparison with niobia/neodimia samples. (author) 9 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  6. Mechanical properties of sintered meso-porous silicon: a numerical model.

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    Martini, Roberto; Depauw, Valerie; Gonzalez, Mario; Vanstreels, Kris; Nieuwenhuysen, Kris Van; Gordon, Ivan; Poortmans, Jef

    2012-10-29

    : Because of its optical and electrical properties, large surfaces, and compatibility with standard silicon processes, porous silicon is a very interesting material in photovoltaic and microelectromechanical systems technology. In some applications, porous silicon is annealed at high temperature and, consequently, the cylindrical pores that are generated by anodization or stain etching reorganize into randomly distributed closed sphere-like pores. Although the design of devices which involve this material needs an accurate evaluation of its mechanical properties, only few researchers have studied the mechanical properties of porous silicon, and no data are nowadays available on the mechanical properties of sintered porous silicon. In this work we propose a finite element model to estimate the mechanical properties of sintered meso-porous silicon. The model has been employed to study the dependence of the Young's modulus and the shear modulus (upper and lower bounds) on the porosity for porosities between 0% to 40%. Interpolation functions for the Young's modulus and shear modulus have been obtained, and the results show good agreement with the data reported for other porous media. A Monte Carlo simulation has also been employed to study the effect of the actual microstructure on the mechanical properties.

  7. X-ray powder diffraction analysis of liquid-phase-sintered silicon carbide ceramics

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    Ortiz, A.L.; Sanchez-Bajo, F. [Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz (Spain). Dept. de Electronica e Ingenieria Electromecanica; Cumbrera, F.L. [Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz (Spain). Dept. de Fisica

    2002-07-01

    In an attempt to gain a comprehensive understanding of the microstructural evolution in liquid-phase-sintered silicon carbide ceramics, the effect of the starting {beta}-SiC powder has been studied. Pellets of two different {beta}-SiC starting powders were sintered with simultaneous additions of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} at 1950 C for 1 hour in flowing argon atmosphere. Here we have used X-ray diffraction to obtain the relative abundance of the resulting SiC polytypes after sintering. The significant influence of the defects concentration on the {beta} to {alpha} transformation rate has been determined using the Rietveld method. (orig.)

  8. Development of a reaction-sintered silicon carbide matrix composite

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    Sayano, A.; Sutoh, C.; Suyama, S.; Itoh, Y.; Nakagawa, S.

    SiC matrix composites reinforced with continuous SiC-based fibres using reaction sintering (RS) for matrix processing were produced and their mechanical and physical properties were studied. Mechanical behaviour of SiCf/SiC (RS) composites in tension and in flexure exhibits improved toughness and a non-catastrophic failure due to fibre crack bridging and pullout from the matrix, and the composites exhibit high thermal conductivity, high Young's modulus and reduced porosity. Moreover, SiCf/SiC (RS) composites showed improved thermal shock resistance in comparison to monolithic RS-SiC. SiC matrix processing by RS leads to reduced production times and lower costs when compared with other methods such as polymer impregnation and pyrolysis (PIP) or chemical vapour infiltration (CVI). Composite prototypes were also produced for feasibility demonstration, and it was verified that the method could be applied to produce large parts and complex shapes.

  9. Irradiation creep of nano-powder sintered silicon carbide at low neutron fluences

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    Koyanagi, Takaaki [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Shimoda, Kazuya [Kyoto Univ., Kyoto (Japan); Kondo, Sosuke [Kyoto Univ., Kyoto (Japan); Hinoki, Tatsuya [Kyoto Univ., Kyoto (Japan); Ozawa, Kazumi [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Katoh, Yutai [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2014-12-01

    The irradiation creep behavior of nano-powder sintered silicon carbide was investigated using the bend stress relaxation method under neutron irradiation up to 1.9 dpa. The creep deformation was observed at all temperatures ranging from 380 to 1180 °C mainly from the irradiation creep but with the increasing contributions from the thermal creep at higher temperatures. Microstructural observation and data analysis were performed.

  10. Fracture of flash oxidized, yttria-doped sintered reaction-bonded silicon nitride

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    Govila, R. K.

    1987-01-01

    The oxidation behavior of a slip cast, yttria-doped, sintered reaction-bonded silicon nitride after 'flash oxidation' was investigated. It was found that both the static oxidation resistance and flexural stress rupture life (creep deformation) were improved at 1000 C in air compared to those of the same material without flash oxidation. Stress rupture data at high temperatures (1000 to 1200 C) are presented to indicate applied stress levels for oxidation-dependent and independent failures.

  11. Kinetics and Mechanisms of Creep in Sintered Alpha Silicon Carbide and Niobium Carbide.

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    1985-09-18

    CARBIDE AND NIOBIUM CARBIDE Supported by 30 F (DMR-812-0804) and ARO (MIPR’s 43-48, 127-83, 141-84) U August, 1985 NCSU .LET tow A CL School of Engineering...SILICON CARBIDE AND NIOBIUM CARBIDE Supported by NSF (DMR-812-0804) and ARO (MIPR’s 43-48, 127-83, 141-84) August, 1985 L. U. 1’ ’’ b b MASTER COPY - FOR...and Mechanisms of Creep in Sintered May 1, 1982-June 15, 1985 Alpha Silicon Carbide and Niobium Carbide 6. PERFORMING ORG. REPORT NUMBER 7. AUTHOR(*) 11

  12. Tensile test of pressureless-sintered silicon nitride at elevated temperature

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    Matsusue, K.; Fujisawa, Y.; Takahara, K.

    1985-01-01

    Uniaxial tensile strength tests of pressureless sintered silicon nitride were carried out in air at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 1600 C. Silicon nitrides containing Y2O3, Al2O3, Al2O3-MgO, or MgO-CeO2 additives were tested. The results show that the composition of the additive used influences the strength characteristics of the silicon nitride. The tensile strength rapidly decreased at temperatures above 1000 C for the materials containing MgO as the additive and above 1000 C for the material with Y2O3. When the temperature increased to as high as 1300 C, the strength decreased to about 10 percent of the room temperature strength in each case. Observations of the fracture origin and of the crack propagation on the fracture surfaces are discussed.

  13. Silicon nitride-aluminum oxide solid solution (SiAION) formation and densification by pressure sintering

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    Yeh, H. C.; Sanders, W. A.; Fiyalko, J. L.

    1975-01-01

    Stirred-ball-mill-blended Si3N4 and Al2O3 powders were pressure sintered in order to investigate the mechanism of solid solution formation and densification in the Si3N4-Al2O3 system. Powder blends with Si3N4:Al2O3 mole ratios of 4:1, 3:2, and 2:3 were pressure sintered at 27.6-MN/sq m pressure at temperatures to 17000 C (3090 F). The compaction behavior of the powder blends during pressure sintering was determined by observing the density of the powder compact as a function of temperature and time starting from room temperature. This information, combined with the results of X-ray diffraction and metallographic analyses regarding solutioning and phase transformation phenomena in the Si3N4-Al2O3 system, was used to describe the densification behavior.

  14. Fabrication of silicon nitride nanoceramics—Powder preparation and sintering: A review

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    Toshiyuki Nishimura et al

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Fine-grained silicon nitride ceramics were investigated mainly for their high-strain-rate plasticity. The preparation and densification of fine silicon nitride powder were reviewed. Commercial sub-micrometer powder was used as raw powder in the "as-received" state and then used after being ground and undergoing classification operation. Chemical vapor deposition and plasma processes were used for fabricating nanopowder because a further reduction in grain size caused by grinding had limitations. More recently, nanopowder has also been obtained by high-energy milling. This process in principle is the same as conventional planetary milling. For densification, primarily hot pressing was performed, although a similar process known as spark plasma sintering (SPS has also recently been used. One of the advantages of SPS is its high heating rate. The high heating rate is advantageous because it reduces sintering time, achieving densification without grain growth. We prepared silicon nitride nanopowder by high-energy milling and then obtained nanoceramics by densifying the nanopowder by SPS.

  15. Optimization of the sintering atmosphere for high-density hydroxyapatite-carbon nanotube composites.

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    White, Ashley A; Kinloch, Ian A; Windle, Alan H; Best, Serena M

    2010-10-06

    Hydroxyapatite-carbon nanotube (HA-CNT) composites have the potential for improved mechanical properties over HA for use in bone graft applications. Finding an appropriate sintering atmosphere for this composite presents a dilemma, as HA requires water in the sintering atmosphere to remain phase pure and well hydroxylated, yet CNTs oxidize at the high temperatures required for sintering. The purpose of this study was to optimize the atmosphere for sintering these composites. While the reaction between carbon and water to form carbon monoxide and hydrogen at high temperatures (known as the 'water-gas reaction') would seem to present a problem for sintering these composites, Le Chatelier's principle suggests this reaction can be suppressed by increasing the concentration of carbon monoxide and hydrogen relative to the concentration of carbon and water, so as to retain the CNTs and keep the HA's structure intact. Eight sintering atmospheres were investigated, including standard atmospheres (such as air and wet Ar), as well as atmospheres based on the water-gas reaction. It was found that sintering in an atmosphere of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, with a small amount of water added, resulted in an optimal combination of phase purity, hydroxylation, CNT retention and density.

  16. Spark plasma sintering of silicon carbide and multi-walled carbon nanotube reinforced zirconium diboride ceramic composite

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    Yadhukulakrishnan, Govindaraajan B.; Rahman, Arif; Karumuri, Sriharsha [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078 (United States); Stackpoole, Margaret M. [ELORET Corporation, Moffett Field, CA 94035 (United States); Kalkan, A. Kaan; Singh, Raman P. [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078 (United States); Harimkar, Sandip P., E-mail: sandip.harimkar@okstate.edu [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078 (United States)

    2012-08-30

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dense SiC and carbon nanotube reinforced ZrB{sub 2} composites were spark plasma sintered. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SiC and carbon nanotube reinforcement favored the densification of ZrB{sub 2} composites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SiC and carbon nanotube reinforcement resulted in toughening of ZrB{sub 2} composites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Carbon nanotubes were retained in the spark plasma sintered ZrB{sub 2} composites. - Abstract: In this paper spark plasma sintering (SPS) of silicon carbide and multi-walled carbon nanotube reinforced zirconium diboride ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites is reported. Systematic investigations on the effect of reinforcement type (SiC and CNTs) and content (10-40 vol.% SiC and 2-6 vol.% CNTs) on densification behavior, microstructure development, and mechanical properties (microhardness, bi-axial flexural strength, and indentation fracture toughness) are presented. With the similar SPS processing parameters (1900 Degree-Sign C, 70 MPa pressure, and 15 min soaking time), near-full densification (>99% relative density) was achieved with 10-40% SiC (in ZrB{sub 2}-SiC) and 4-6% CNT (in ZrB{sub 2}-CNT) reinforced composites. The SiC and CNT reinforcement further improved the indentation fracture toughness of the composites through a range of toughening mechanisms, including particle shearing, crack deflection at the particle-matrix interface, and grain pull-outs for ZrB{sub 2}-SiC composites, and CNT pull-outs and crack deflection in ZrB{sub 2}-CNT composites.

  17. Compressive deformation of liquid phase-sintered porous silicon carbide ceramics

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    Taro Shimonosono

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Porous silicon carbide ceramics were fabricated by liquid phase sintering with 1 wt% Al2O3–1 wt% Y2O3 additives during hot-pressing at 1400–1900 °C. The longitudinal strain at compressive fracture increased at a higher porosity and was larger than the lateral strain. The compressive Young's modulus and the strain at fracture depended on the measured direction, and increased with the decreased specific surface area due to the formation of grain boundary. However, the compressive strength and the fracture energy were not sensitive to the measured direction. The compressive strength of a porous SiC compact increased with increasing grain boundary area. According to the theoretical modeling of the strength–grain boundary area relation, it is interpreted that the grain boundary of a porous SiC compact is fractured by shear deformation rather than by compressive deformation.

  18. Process for the production of metal nitride sintered bodies and resultant silicon nitride and aluminum nitride sintered bodies

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    Yajima, S.; Omori, M.; Hayashi, J.; Kayano, H.; Hamano, M.

    1983-01-01

    A process for the manufacture of metal nitride sintered bodies, in particular, a process in which a mixture of metal nitrite powders is shaped and heated together with a binding agent is described. Of the metal nitrides Si3N4 and AIN were used especially frequently because of their excellent properties at high temperatures. The goal is to produce a process for metal nitride sintered bodies with high strength, high corrosion resistance, thermal shock resistance, thermal shock resistance, and avoidance of previously known faults.

  19. Flash (Ultra-Rapid) Spark-Plasma Sintering of Silicon Carbide

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    Eugene A. Olevsky; Stephen M. Rolfing; Maximenko, Andrey L.

    2016-01-01

    A new ultra-rapid process of flash spark plasma sintering is developed. The idea of flash spark plasma sintering (or flash hot pressing - FHP) stems from the conducted theoretical analysis of the role of thermal runaway phenomena for material processing by flash sintering. The major purpose of the present study is to theoretically analyze the thermal runaway nature of flash sintering and to experimentally address the challenge of uncontrollable thermal conditions by the stabilization of the f...

  20. Thermal Fatigue Behavior of Silicon-Carbide-Doped Silver Microflake Sinter Joints for Die Attachment in Silicon/Silicon Carbide Power Devices

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    Zhang, Hao; Chen, Chuantong; Nagao, Shijo; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2017-02-01

    We studied the thermal fatigue behavior of submicron silicon carbide particle (SiCp)-doped silver (Ag) microflake sinter joints for die attachment in next-generation power devices. Si dummy chips and direct bonded copper substrates with various metallization schemes were bonded using SiCp-doped Ag microflakes under mild conditions (250°C, 30 min, 0.4 MPa). The SiCp was distributed homogeneously in the porous Ag network and inhibited morphological evolution during thermal cycling tests. The shear strength of as-sintered pure Ag and SiCp-added joints was ˜50 MPa and 35 MPa, respectively. Thermal cycling tests from -40°C to 250°C were conducted for up to 1000 cycles (hours) to characterize the thermostability of the bonded joints. After 1000 cycles, joints with and without SiCp experienced bonding degradation, with shear strength of ˜25 MPa and 20 MPa, respectively. Thus, after 1000 cycles, the shear strength of pure Ag and SiCp-doped joints decreased by 58% and 42%, respectively, compared with their maximum value. Coarsening of porous Ag occurred in pure Ag joints. SiCp addition inhibited morphological evolution of SiCp-doped joints during thermal cycling. However, vertical cracks generated by thermal stress were observed in joints both with and without SiCp, which may limit long-term reliability.

  1. Indentation strength of silicon nitride ceramics processed by spark plasma sintering technique

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    Azeggagh, N. [Université de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, LaMCoS CNRS UMR5259, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Université de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, MATEIS CNRS UMR5510, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Tohoku University, 6-6-11, Aza-Aoba, Aramaki, Aobaku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Joly-Pottuz, L., E-mail: lucile.joly-pottuz@insa-lyon.fr [Université de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, MATEIS CNRS UMR5510, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Chevalier, J. [Université de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, MATEIS CNRS UMR5510, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Omori, M.; Hashida, T. [Tohoku University, 6-6-11, Aza-Aoba, Aramaki, Aobaku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Nélias, D. [Université de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, LaMCoS CNRS UMR5259, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France)

    2015-09-17

    We investigated the influence of the microstructure on the true stress–strain curve of silicon nitride based ceramics. The materials were processed by spark plasma sintering technique. Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} with fine, average and coarse microstructures were obtained. Load versus displacement curves (P–h) were obtained by means of instrumented indentation technique using diamond coni-spherical tip. The experimental data were coupled with a minimization method based on the Levenberg–Marquardt algorithm and the non-linear part of the mechanical response was identified. Based on the obtained stress–strain curves, rolling contact simulations were performed. In addition, the nature of Hertzian contact damage was examined in the material with coarse microstructure using diamond indenters of radii 0.2 and 1 mm. The surface damage was observed under optical microscopy while Focused Ion Beam Sectioning technique permitted to image the subsurface damage. An evident size effect was noticed: fracture consisting of classical ring cracks dominated at large scale while distributed microcracks beneath the indent dominated at small scale.

  2. Extreme value statistics analysis of fracture strengths of a sintered silicon nitride failing from pores

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    Chao, Luen-Yuan; Shetty, Dinesh K.

    1992-01-01

    Statistical analysis and correlation between pore-size distribution and fracture strength distribution using the theory of extreme-value statistics is presented for a sintered silicon nitride. The pore-size distribution on a polished surface of this material was characterized, using an automatic optical image analyzer. The distribution measured on the two-dimensional plane surface was transformed to a population (volume) distribution, using the Schwartz-Saltykov diameter method. The population pore-size distribution and the distribution of the pore size at the fracture origin were correllated by extreme-value statistics. Fracture strength distribution was then predicted from the extreme-value pore-size distribution, usin a linear elastic fracture mechanics model of annular crack around pore and the fracture toughness of the ceramic. The predicted strength distribution was in good agreement with strength measurements in bending. In particular, the extreme-value statistics analysis explained the nonlinear trend in the linearized Weibull plot of measured strengths without postulating a lower-bound strength.

  3. Irradiation creep of nano-powder sintered silicon carbide at low neutron fluences

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    Koyanagi, T.; Shimoda, K.; Kondo, S.; Hinoki, T.; Ozawa, K.; Katoh, Y.

    2014-12-01

    The irradiation creep behavior of nano-powder sintered silicon carbide was investigated using the bend stress relaxation method under neutron irradiation up to 1.9 dpa. The creep deformation was observed at all temperatures ranging from 380 to 1180 °C mainly from the irradiation creep but with the increasing contributions from the thermal creep at higher temperatures. The apparent stress exponent of the irradiation creep slightly exceeded unity, and instantaneous creep coefficient at 380-790 °C was estimated to be ∼1 × 10-5 [MPa-1 dpa-1] at ∼0.1 dpa and 1 × 10-7 to 1 × 10-6 [MPa-1 dpa-1] at ∼1 dpa. The irradiation creep strain appeared greater than that for the high purity SiC. Microstructural observation and data analysis indicated that the grain-boundary sliding associated with the secondary phases contributes to the irradiation creep at 380-790 °C to 0.01-0.11 dpa.

  4. Flash sintering of ceramic materials

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    Dancer, C. E. J.

    2016-10-01

    During flash sintering, ceramic materials can sinter to high density in a matter of seconds while subjected to electric field and elevated temperature. This process, which occurs at lower furnace temperatures and in shorter times than both conventional ceramic sintering and field-assisted methods such as spark plasma sintering, has the potential to radically reduce the power consumption required for the densification of ceramic materials. This paper reviews the experimental work on flash sintering methods carried out to date, and compares the properties of the materials obtained to those produced by conventional sintering. The flash sintering process is described for oxides of zirconium, yttrium, aluminium, tin, zinc, and titanium; silicon and boron carbide, zirconium diboride, materials for solid oxide fuel applications, ferroelectric materials, and composite materials. While experimental observations have been made on a wide range of materials, understanding of the underlying mechanisms responsible for the onset and latter stages of flash sintering is still elusive. Elements of the proposed theories to explain the observed behaviour include extensive Joule heating throughout the material causing thermal runaway, arrested by the current limitation in the power supply, and the formation of defect avalanches which rapidly and dramatically increase the sample conductivity. Undoubtedly, the flash sintering process is affected by the electric field strength, furnace temperature and current density limit, but also by microstructural features such as the presence of second phase particles or dopants and the particle size in the starting material. While further experimental work and modelling is still required to attain a full understanding capable of predicting the success of the flash sintering process in different materials, the technique non-etheless holds great potential for exceptional control of the ceramic sintering process.

  5. Intraocular inflammation following endotamponade with high-density silicone oil.

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    Theelen, T.; Tilanus, M.A.D.; Klevering, B.J.

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The use of a mixture of silicone oil and partially fluorinated alkanes (high-density silicone oil) has recently been suggested as intraocular tamponade in complicated retinal detachment of the inferior quadrants. We describe a series of patients who developed a clinical picture resemblin

  6. Intraocular inflammation following endotamponade with high-density silicone oil.

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    Theelen, T.; Tilanus, M.A.D.; Klevering, B.J.

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The use of a mixture of silicone oil and partially fluorinated alkanes (high-density silicone oil) has recently been suggested as intraocular tamponade in complicated retinal detachment of the inferior quadrants. We describe a series of patients who developed a clinical picture

  7. Density of oxidation-induced stacking faults in damaged silicon

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    Kuper, F.G.; Hosson, J.Th.M. De; Verwey, J.F.

    1986-01-01

    A model for the relation between density and length of oxidation-induced stacking faults on damaged silicon surfaces is proposed, based on interactions of stacking faults with dislocations and neighboring stacking faults. The model agrees with experiments.

  8. Selective Laser Sintering of PA2200: Effects of print parameters on density, accuracy, and surface roughness

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    Bajric, Sendin [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-06-12

    Additive manufacturing needs a broader selection of materials for part production. In order for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to investigate new materials for selective laser sintering (SLS), this paper reviews research on the effect of print parameters on part density, accuracy, and surface roughness of polyamide 12 (PA12, PA2200). The literature review serves to enhance the understanding of how changing the laser powder, scan speed, etc. will affect the mechanical properties of a commercial powder. By doing so, this understanding will help the investigation of new materials for SLS.

  9. Direct Selective Laser Sintering/Melting of High Density Alumina Powder Layers at Elevated Temperatures

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    Deckers, J.; Meyers, S.; Kruth, J. P.; Vleugels, J.

    Direct selective laser sintering (SLS) or selective laser melting (SLM) are additive manufacturing techniques that can be used to produce three-dimensional ceramic parts directly, without the need for a sacrificial binder. In this paper, a low laser energy density is applied to SLS/SLM high density powder layers of sub-micrometer alumina at elevated temperatures (up to 800̊C). In order to achieve this, a furnace was designed and built into a commercial SLS machine. This furnace was able to produce a homogeneously heated cylindrical zone with a height of 60 mm and a diameter of 32 mm. After optimizing the layer deposition and laser scanning parameters, two ceramic parts with a density up to 85% and grain sizes as low as 5 μm were successfully produced.

  10. Design, microstructure, and high-temperature behavior of silicon nitride sintered with rate-earth oxides

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    Ciniculk, M.K. (California Univ., Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering)

    1991-08-01

    The processing-microstructure-property relations of silicon nitride ceramics sintered with rare-earth oxide additives have been investigated with the aim of improving their high-temperature behavior. The additions of the oxides of Y, Sm, Gd, Dy, Er, or Yb were compositionally controlled to tailor the intergranular phase. The resulting microstructure consisted of {beta}-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} grains and a crystalline secondary phase of RE{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7}, with a thin residual amorphous phase present at grain boundaries. The lanthanide oxides were found to be as effective as Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} in densifying Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, resulting in identical microstructures. The crystallization behavior of all six disilicates was similar, characterized by a limited nucleation and rapid growth mechanism resulting in large single crystals. Complete crystallization of the intergranular phase was obtained with the exception of a residual amorphous, observed at interfaces and believed to be rich in impurities, the cause of incomplete devitrification. The low resistance to oxidation of these materials was attributed to the minimization of amorphous phases via devitrification to disilicates, compatible with SiO{sub 2}, the oxidation product of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. The strength retention of these materials at 1300{degrees}C was found to be between 80% and 91% of room-temperature strength, due to crystallization of the secondary phase and a residual but refractory amorphous grain-boundary phase. The creep behavior was found to be strongly dependent on residual amorphous phase viscosity as well as on the oxidation behavior, as evidenced by the nonsteady-state creep rates of all materials. 122 refs., 51 figs., 12 tabs.

  11. Flash (Ultra-Rapid) Spark-Plasma Sintering of Silicon Carbide

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    Olevsky, Eugene A.; Rolfing, Stephen M.; Maximenko, Andrey L.

    2016-09-01

    A new ultra-rapid process of flash spark plasma sintering is developed. The idea of flash spark plasma sintering (or flash hot pressing - FHP) stems from the conducted theoretical analysis of the role of thermal runaway phenomena for material processing by flash sintering. The major purpose of the present study is to theoretically analyze the thermal runaway nature of flash sintering and to experimentally address the challenge of uncontrollable thermal conditions by the stabilization of the flash sintering process through the application of the external pressure. The effectiveness of the developed FHP technique is demonstrated by the few seconds-long consolidation of SiC powder in an industrial spark plasma sintering device. Specially designed sacrificial dies heat the pre-compacted SiC powder specimens to a critical temperature before applying any voltage to the powder volume and allowing the electrode-punches of the SPS device setup to contact the specimens and pass electric current through them under elevated temperatures. The experimental results demonstrate that flash sintering phenomena can be realized using conventional SPS devices. The usage of hybrid heating SPS devices is pointed out as the mainstream direction for the future studies and utilization of the new flash hot pressing (ultra-rapid spark plasma sintering) technique.

  12. Amorphous silicon rich silicon nitride optical waveguides for high density integrated optics

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    Philipp, Hugh T.; Andersen, Karin Nordström; Svendsen, Winnie Edith

    2004-01-01

    Amorphous silicon rich silicon nitride optical waveguides clad in silica are presented as a high-index contrast platform for high density integrated optics. Performance of different cross-sectional geometries have been measured and are presented with regards to bending loss and insertion loss...

  13. Amorphous silicon rich silicon nitride optical waveguides for high density integrated optics

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    Philipp, Hugh T.; Andersen, Karin Nordström; Svendsen, Winnie Edith

    2004-01-01

    Amorphous silicon rich silicon nitride optical waveguides clad in silica are presented as a high-index contrast platform for high density integrated optics. Performance of different cross-sectional geometries have been measured and are presented with regards to bending loss and insertion loss....... A sample double ring add-drop filter is presented....

  14. Fuzzy sets predict flexural strength and density of silicon nitride ceramics

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    Cios, Krzysztof J.; Sztandera, Leszek M.; Baaklini, George Y.; Vary, Alex

    1993-01-01

    In this work, we utilize fuzzy sets theory to evaluate and make predictions of flexural strength and density of NASA 6Y silicon nitride ceramic. Processing variables of milling time, sintering time, and sintering nitrogen pressure are used as an input to the fuzzy system. Flexural strength and density are the output parameters of the system. Data from 273 Si3N4 modulus of rupture bars tested at room temperature and 135 bars tested at 1370 C are used in this study. Generalized mean operator and Hamming distance are utilized to build the fuzzy predictive model. The maximum test error for density does not exceed 3.3 percent, and for flexural strength 7.1 percent, as compared with the errors of 1.72 percent and 11.34 percent obtained by using neural networks, respectively. These results demonstrate that fuzzy sets theory can be incorporated into the process of designing materials, such as ceramics, especially for assessing more complex relationships between the processing variables and parameters, like strength, which are governed by randomness of manufacturing processes.

  15. Effects of laser energy density on forming accuracy and tensile strength of selective laser sintering resin coated sands

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    Xu Zhifeng; Liang Pei; Yang Wei; Li Sisi; Cai Changchun

    2014-01-01

    Baozhu sand particles with size between 75 μm and 150 μm were coated by resin with the ratio of 1.5 wt.% of sands. Laser sintering experiments were carried out to investigate the effects of laser energy density (E =P/v), with different laser power (P) and scanning velocity (v), on the dimensional accuracy and tensile strength of sintered parts. The experimental results indicate that with the constant scanning velocity, the tensile strength of sintered samples increases with an increase in laser energy density; while the dimensional accuracy apparently decreases when the laser energy density is larger than 0.032 J·mm-2. When the laser energy density is 0.024 J·mm-2, the tensile strength shows no obvious change; but when the laser energy density is larger than 0.024 J·mm-2, the sample strength is featured by the initial increase and subsequent decrease with simultaneous increase of both laser power and scanning velocity. In this study, the optimal energy density range for laser sintering is 0.024-0.032 J·mm-2. Moreover, samples with the best tensile strength and dimensional accuracy can be obtained whenP = 30-40 W andv = 1.5-2.0 m·s-1. Using the optimized laser energy density, laser power and scanning speed, a complex coated sand mould with clear contour and excelent forming accuracy has been successfuly fabricated.

  16. High energy density interpenetrating networks from ionic networks and silicone

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    Yu, Liyun; Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Hvilsted, Søren

    2015-01-01

    The energy density of dielectric elastomers (DEs) is sought increased for better exploitation of the DE technology since an increased energy density means that the driving voltage for a certain strain can be lowered in actuation mode or alternatively that more energy can be harvested in generator...... mode. One way to increase the energy density is to increase dielectric permittivity of the elastomer. A novel silicone elastomer system with high dielectric permittivity was prepared through the development of interpenetrating networks from ionically assembled silicone polymers and covalently...

  17. Sintering of nano sized powders on the basis of silicon nitride in a solar furnace

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    Zhilinska, N.; Zalite, I.; Grabis, J.; Rodriguez, J.; Martinez, D.

    2003-07-01

    A study of the sintering of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-AIN-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} ({alpha}/{beta}-SiAION) nano powders with the specific surface area of 65-70 m''2/g and average particle size of 30-35 nm is reported. The powders have been prepared by the plasma chemical synthesis. This work relates to an innovative method of sintering in the solar furnace at Plataforma Solar de Almeria. The influence of sintering temperature, sintering time and heating rate on the densification behaviour of the plasma synthesized powder compositions was investigated. The results were compared with the data obtained using commercial powder. (Author) 3 refs.

  18. Sintering process and critical current density of low activation Mg11B2 superconductors from low temperature to high temperature

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    Cheng, Fang; Liu, Yongchang; Ma, Zongqing; Shahriar Al Hossain, Md; Somer, M.

    2016-08-01

    As the "low activation" superconductor, Mg11B2 has a potential application in superconducting coils for fusion reactor. In present work, the sintering process and critical current density of low activation Mg11B2 superconductors were systemically studied from low temperature to high temperature. It was found that the Jc and Hirr values of Mg11B2 bulks in present work are both obviously higher than that of those samples prepared in previous studies. Furthermore, the low-temperature sintered samples exhibit better Jc performance at high fields than the high-temperature sintered samples, due to strong grain boundaries pinning. On the other hand, the high-temperature sintered samples have higher Jc at low fields compared to low-temperature sintered samples, mainly owing to their better crystallinity and grain connectivity. The highest Jc value (2.20 ×105 A cm-2 at 20 K, self-field) is obtained in the Mg11B2 sample sintered at 850 °C for 45 min.

  19. Clathrates and beyond: Low-density allotropy in crystalline silicon

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    Beekman, Matt; Wei, Kaya; Nolas, George S.

    2016-12-01

    In its common, thermodynamically stable state, silicon adopts the same crystal structure as diamond. Although only a few alternative allotropic structures have been discovered and studied over the past six decades, advanced methods for structure prediction have recently suggested a remarkably rich low-density phase space that has only begun to be explored. The electronic properties of these low-density allotropes of silicon, predicted by first-principles calculations, indicate that these materials could offer a pathway to improving performance and reducing cost in a variety of electronic and energy-related applications. In this focus review, we provide an introduction and overview of recent theoretical and experimental results related to low-density allotropes of silicon, highlighting the significant potential these materials may have for technological applications, provided substantial challenges to their experimental preparation can be overcome.

  20. Selected Silicon Carbide Reports from Rutgers Materials Center of Excellence Annual Reports, 2010-2011

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    2015-03-01

    theoretical density of the sintered material produced without the use of sintering aids. The density and Knoop hardness of the sintered samples 2, 4, 6...advanced armor ceramics. This report brings together research carried out during 2010–2011 on the following tasks: Theoretical Calculations for Silicon... theoretical calculations, powder characterization, polytypes, stacking faults 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT UU 18

  1. High Density Through Silicon Via (TSV)

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    Rimskog, Magnus

    2008-01-01

    The Through Silicon Via (TSV) process developed by Silex provides down to 30 micrometers pitch for through wafer connections in up to 600 micrometers thick substrates. Integrated with MEMS designs it enables significantly reduced die size and true "Wafer Level Packaging" - features that are particularly important in consumer market applications. The TSV technology also enables integration of advanced interconnect functions in optical MEMS, sensors and microfluidic devices. In addition the Via technology opens for very interesting possibilities considering integration with CMOS processing. With several companies using the process already today, qualified volume manufacturing in place and a line-up of potential users, the process is becoming a standard in the MEMS industry. We provide a introduction to the via formation process and also present some on the novel solutions made available by the technology.

  2. Low-density silicon allotropes for photovoltaic applications

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    Amsler, Maximilian; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A. L.; Lenosky, Thomas J.; Goedecker, Stefan

    2015-07-01

    Silicon materials play a key role in many technologically relevant fields, ranging from the electronic to the photovoltaic industry. A systematic search for silicon allotropes was performed by employing a modified ab initio minima hopping crystal structure prediction method. The algorithm was optimized to specifically investigate the hitherto barely explored low-density regime of the silicon phase diagram by imitating the guest-host concept of clathrate compounds. In total, 44 metastable phases are presented, of which 11 exhibit direct or quasidirect band gaps in the range of ≈1.0-1.8 eV, close to the optimal Shockley-Queisser limit of ≈1.4 eV, with a stronger overlap of the absorption spectra with the solar spectrum compared to conventional diamond silicon. Due to the structural resemblance to known clathrate compounds it is expected that the predicted phases can be synthesized.

  3. Microstructural designs of spark-plasma sintered silicon carbide ceramic scaffolds

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    Roman-Manso, B.; Pablos, A. de; Belmonte, M.; Osendi, M. I.; Miranzo, P.

    2014-04-01

    Concentrated ceramic inks based on (SiC) powders, with different amounts of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as sintering aids, are developed for the adequate production of SiC scaffolds, with different patterned morphologies, by the Robocasting technique. The densification of the as-produced 3D structures, previously heat treated in air at 600 degree centigrade for the organics burn-out, is achieved with a Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) furnace. The effects of the amount of sintering additives (7 - 20 wt. %) and the size of the SiC powders (50 nm and 0.5 {mu}m) on the processing of the inks, microstructure, hardness and elastic modulus of the sintered scaffolds, are studied. The use of nano-sized (SiC) powders significantly restricts the attainable maximum solids volume fraction of the ink (0.32 compared to 0.44 of the submicron-sized powders-based ink), involving a much larger porosity of the green ceramic bodies. Furthermore, reduced amounts of additives improve the mechanical properties of the ceramic skeleton; particularly, the stiffness. The grain size and specific surface area of the starting powders, the ink solids content, green porosity, amount of sintering additives and SPS temperatures are the main parameters to be taken into account for the production of these SiC cellular ceramics. (Author)

  4. Research on Matching of Sintering Process of Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells%晶体硅太阳能电池烧结匹配性研究

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    杨达伟; 高华; 杨乐

    2013-01-01

      良好的烧结能够极大地提升太阳能电池的转换效率。通过理论分析太阳能电池烧结后各参数的变化情况,预测烧结的状态以及烧结的调节方向,进而通过实验来验证理论分析,从而得到工业生产中晶硅电池烧结匹配优化方法。通过不断对烧结的优化,从而达到了改善烧结效果,提升电池片功率的目的。%Good sintering can enhance the conversion efficiency of solar cells. Through theoretical analysis of the parameters changes of the solar cell after sintering, and predict the state of the sintering and sintering direction of regulation, and then by doing experiments to verify the theoretical analysis, result in matching optimization method of the industrial production of crystalline silicon cells sintering. Through continuous optimization of the sintering, achieve the purpose of improving sintering effect, and enhance the conversion efficiency of solar cells.

  5. Densification of silicon and zirconium carbides by a new process: spark plasma sintering; Densification des carbures de silicium et de zirconium par un procede innovant: le spark plasma sintering

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    Guillard, F

    2006-12-15

    Materials research for suitable utilization in 4. generation nuclear plants needs new ways to densify testing components. Two carbides, silicon and zirconium carbide seems to be the most suitable choice due to their mechanical, thermal and neutron-transparency properties against next nuclear plant specifications. Nevertheless one main difficulty remains, which is densifying them even at high temperature. Spark Plasma Sintering a new metal-, ceramic- and composite-sintering process has been used to densify both SiC and ZrC. Understanding bases of mass transport mechanisms in SPS have been studied. Composites and interfaces have been processed and analyzed. This manuscript reports original results on SiC and ZrC ceramics sintered with commercial powder started, without additives. (author)

  6. Ultrasmooth reaction-sintered silicon carbide surface resulting from combination of thermal oxidation and ceria slurry polishing.

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    Shen, Xinmin; Dai, Yifan; Deng, Hui; Guan, Chaoliang; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2013-06-17

    An ultrasmooth reaction-sintered silicon carbide surface with an rms roughness of 0.424 nm is obtained after thermal oxidation for 30 min followed by ceria slurry polishing for 30 min. By SEM-EDX analysis, we investigated the thermal oxidation behavior of RS-SiC, in which the main components are Si and SiC. As the oxidation rate is higher in the area with defects, there are no scratches or cracks on the surface after oxidation. However, a bumpy structure is formed after oxidation because the oxidation rates of Si and SiC differ. Through a theoretical analysis of thermal oxidation using the Deal-Grove model and the removal of the oxide layer by ceria slurry polishing in accordance with the Preston equation, a model for obtaining an ultrasmooth surface is proposed and the optimal processing conditions are presented.

  7. Improved critical current densities in bulk FeSe superconductor using ball milled powders and high temperature sintering

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    Muralidhar, M.; Furutani, K.; Murakami, M. [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo (Japan); Kumar, Dinesh; Rao, M.S. Ramachandra [Department of Physics, Nano Functional Materials Technology Centre and Materials Science Research Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (India); Koblischka, M.R. [Institute of Experimental Physics, Saarland University, Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2016-12-15

    The present study is investigating the effect of high temperature sintering combined with ball milled powders for the preparation of FeSe material via solid state sintering technique. The commercial powders of Fe (99.9% purity) and Se (99.9% purity) were mixed in a nominal ratio Fe:Se = 1:1 and thoroughly ground and ball-milled in a glove box during 6 h. Then, the powder mixture was pressed into pellets of 5 mm in diameter and 2 mm thickness using an uniaxial pressure of 100 MPa. The samples were sealed in quartz tubes and sintered at 600 C for 24 h. Then, the pellets were again thoroughly ground and ball-milled in the glove box and pressed into pellets, and the final sintering was performed at two different temperatures, namely at 900 C for 24 h and at 950 C for 24 h. X-ray diffraction results confirmed that both samples showed mainly of the β-FeSe with tetragonal structure. The temperature dependence of magnetization (M-T) curves revealed a sharp superconducting transition T{sub c,} {sub onset} = 8.16 K for the sample sintered at 900 C. Further, scanning electron microscopy observations proved that samples sintered at 900 C show a platelike grain structure with high density. As a result, improved irreversibility fields around 5 T and the critical current density (J{sub c}) values of 6252 A cm{sup -2} at 5 K and self-field are obtained. Furthermore, the normalized volume pinning force versus the reduced field plots indicated a peak position at 0.4 for the sample sintered at 900 C. Improved flux pinning and the high J{sub c} values are attributed to the textured microstructure of the material, produced by a combination of high temperature sintering and ball milling. (copyright 2016 The Authors. Phys. Status Solidi A published by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Injection molding of silicon carbide capable of being sintered without pressure

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    Muller-Zell, A.; Schwarzmeier, R.

    1984-01-01

    The most suitable SiC mass for injection molding of SiC articles (for subsequent pressureless sintering) consisted of beta SiC 84, a wax mixture 8, and polyethylene or polystyrene 8 parts. The most effective method for adding the binders was by dissolving them in a solvent and subsequent evaporation. The sequence of component addition was significant, and all parameters were optimized together rather than individually.

  9. Ultrafine grained high density manganese zinc ferrite produced using polyol process assisted by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Gaudisson, T.; Beji, Z.; Herbst, F.; Nowak, S. [ITODYS, Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, CNRS UMR-7086, 75205 Paris (France); Ammar, S., E-mail: ammarmer@univ-paris-diderot.fr [ITODYS, Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, CNRS UMR-7086, 75205 Paris (France); Valenzuela, R. [D2MC, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 04510 Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico)

    2015-08-01

    We report the synthesis of Mn–Zn ferrite (MZFO) nanoparticles (NPs) by the polyol process and their consolidation by Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) technique at relatively low temperature and short time, namely 500 °C for 10 min. NPs were obtained as perfectly epitaxied aggregated nanoclusters forming a kind of spherical pseudo-single-crystals of about 40 nm in size. The results on NPs consolidation by SPS underlined the importance of this clustering on the grain growth mechanism. Grain growth proceeds by coalescing nanocrystalline aggregates into single grain of almost the same average size, thus leading to a high density ceramic. Due to magnetic exchange interactions between grains, the produced ceramic does not exhibit thermal relaxation whereas their precursor polyol-made NPs are superparamagnetic. - Highlights: • Textured Mn–Zn ferrite nano-aggregates were produced in polyol. • Dense ceramic was obtained by SPS starting from these particles at 500 °C for 10 min. • The grain growth was driven by coalescence leading to nanometer-sized grains. • The 300 K-magnetic properties of the ceramic are typical of a soft magnet. • Its magnetization is very close to that of bulk despite its ultrafine grain size.

  10. Effect of Sintering Atmosphere and Solution Treatment on Density, Microstructure and Tensile Properties of Duplex Stainless Steels Developed from Pre-alloyed Powders

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    Murali, Arun Prasad; Mahendran, Sudhahar; Ramajayam, Mariappan; Ganesan, Dharmalingam; Chinnaraj, Raj Kumar

    2017-01-01

    In this research, Powder Metallurgy (P/M) of Duplex Stainless Steels (DSS) of different compositions were prepared through pre-alloyed powders and elemental powders with and without addition of copper. The powder mix was developed by pot mill for 12 h to obtain the homogeneous mixture of pre-alloyed powder with elemental compositions. Cylindrical green compacts with the dimensions of 30 mm diameter and 12 mm height were compacted through universal testing machine at a pressure level of 560 ± 10 MPa. These green compacts were sintered at 1350 °C for 2 h in hydrogen and argon atmospheres. Some of the sintered stainless steel preforms were solution treated at 1050 °C followed by water quenching. The sintered as well as solution treated samples were analysed by metallography examination, Scanning Electron Microscopy and evaluation of mechanical properties. Ferrite content of sintered and solution treated DSS were measured by Fischer Ferritoscope. It is inferred that the hydrogen sintered DSS depicted better density (94% theoretical density) and tensile strength (695 MPa) than the argon sintered steels. Similarly the microstructure of solution treated DSS revealed existence of more volume of ferrite grains than its sintered condition. Solution treated hydrogen sintered DSS A (50 wt% 316L + 50 wt% 430L) exhibited higher tensile strength of 716 MPa and elongation of 17%, which are 10-13% increment than the sintered stainless steels.

  11. Effect of Sintering Atmosphere and Solution Treatment on Density, Microstructure and Tensile Properties of Duplex Stainless Steels Developed from Pre-alloyed Powders

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    Murali, Arun Prasad; Mahendran, Sudhahar; Ramajayam, Mariappan; Ganesan, Dharmalingam; Chinnaraj, Raj Kumar

    2017-10-01

    In this research, Powder Metallurgy (P/M) of Duplex Stainless Steels (DSS) of different compositions were prepared through pre-alloyed powders and elemental powders with and without addition of copper. The powder mix was developed by pot mill for 12 h to obtain the homogeneous mixture of pre-alloyed powder with elemental compositions. Cylindrical green compacts with the dimensions of 30 mm diameter and 12 mm height were compacted through universal testing machine at a pressure level of 560 ± 10 MPa. These green compacts were sintered at 1350 °C for 2 h in hydrogen and argon atmospheres. Some of the sintered stainless steel preforms were solution treated at 1050 °C followed by water quenching. The sintered as well as solution treated samples were analysed by metallography examination, Scanning Electron Microscopy and evaluation of mechanical properties. Ferrite content of sintered and solution treated DSS were measured by Fischer Ferritoscope. It is inferred that the hydrogen sintered DSS depicted better density (94% theoretical density) and tensile strength (695 MPa) than the argon sintered steels. Similarly the microstructure of solution treated DSS revealed existence of more volume of ferrite grains than its sintered condition. Solution treated hydrogen sintered DSS A (50 wt% 316L + 50 wt% 430L) exhibited higher tensile strength of 716 MPa and elongation of 17%, which are 10-13% increment than the sintered stainless steels.

  12. Spark plasma sintering and spark plasma joining of refractory ceramics

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    Hoefer, Jeffrey Andrew

    Consolidation of refractory ceramics such as boron carbide (B4C) and silicon carbide (SiC) by conventional sintering techniques (pressure-less sintering, hot pressing, hot isostatic pressing etc.) can prove challenging due to the high temperatures required for sintering. Typically sintering additives are used in order to decrease sintering temperature, but at the sacrifice of purity. Typically B4C requires sintering temperatures above 2000°C without the use of additives, while SiC is generally considered not sinterable without additives, and requires temperatures above 2000°C even with additives. Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) has emerged as a technology that can reduce the sintering temperature considerably compared to more conventional techniques. The simultaneous application of pressure, heat, and current can reduce sintering temperatures without the use of sintering aids to 1600°C and 2000°C for boron carbide and silicon carbide respectively. One shortcoming of SPS, however, is the difficulty in producing complex shapes. Therefore, for carbide materials such as B4C and SiC, which are difficult to machine, the ability to produce complex shapes is worthy of investigation. One means of creating complex shapes is by joining simple shapes. Joining of monolithic ceramics, in particular SiC, has been achieved, however in all cases an intermediate joining material is used (Ti foil, Silica Powder etc.). Joining of materials using SPS, or as it is called, Spark Plasma Joining, can eliminate the need for an intermediate joining material, producing a high purity and high strength joint. This study investigates SPS of 3 different B4C Powders, as well as SPS joining of simple shape monolithic SiC. Sintering parameters such as temperature, pressure, time, and heating rate are all considered. Influence of sintering parameters on density, grain size, mechanical strength, and joint quality is investigated in detail.

  13. Impact of ink synthesis on processing of inkjet-printed silicon nanoparticle thin films: A comparison of Rapid Thermal Annealing and photonic sintering

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    Drahi, E.; Blayac, S. [Centre Microélectronique de Provence/Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, 880, avenue de Mimet Gardanne, 13541 (France); Borbely, A. [Science des Matériaux et des Structures/Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, 158, cours Fauriel Saint Etienne Cedex 2, 42023 (France); Benaben, P. [Centre Microélectronique de Provence/Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, 880, avenue de Mimet Gardanne, 13541 (France)

    2015-01-01

    Inkjet printing has a high potential for cost reduction in solar cell and thermoelectric industry. This study demonstrates that silicon thin films can be produced by inkjet-printing of silicon nanoparticles followed by subsequent drying and annealing steps. Ink formulation is crucial for the sintering of the silicon nanoparticles and control of the microstructure at low temperature. Upon heating, the microstructure is modified from porous layer made of juxtaposed silicon nanoparticles to denser layer with coarser grains. This evolution is monitored by scanning electron microscopy and by micro-Raman spectroscopy, which offer a fast and precise characterization of the microstructure and chemical composition of thin films. Above a threshold temperature of 800 °C cracks appear within thin film and substrate because of the stress induced by the oxidation of the surface. An innovative sintering method, photonic annealing, is studied in order to reduce both oxidation and stress in the thin films as well as reducing processing time. Evolution of the thermal conductivity is performed by micro-Raman spectroscopy and can be tailored in a large range between ~ 1 and ~ 100 W·m{sup −1}·K{sup −1} depending on the sintering method and atmosphere. Therefore control of the microstructure evolution with applied annealing process allows tailoring of both microstructure and thermal conductivity of the silicon thin films. - Highlights: • Impact of ink synthesis on sintering (Si nanoparticle surface chemistry) • Photonic annealing of inkjet printed Si nanoparticles • Micro-Raman spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction for thin film characterization.

  14. Optical characterization and density of states determination of silicon nanocrystals embedded in amorphous silicon based matrix

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    van Sebille, M.; Vasudevan, R. A.; Lancee, R. J.; van Swaaij, R. A. C. M. M.; Zeman, M.

    2015-08-01

    We present a non-destructive measurement and simple analysis method for obtaining the absorption coefficient of silicon nanocrystals (NCs) embedded in an amorphous matrix. This method enables us to pinpoint the contribution of silicon NCs to the absorption spectrum of NC containing films. The density of states (DOS) of the amorphous matrix is modelled using the standard model for amorphous silicon while the NCs are modelled using one Gaussian distribution for the occupied states and one for the unoccupied states. For laser annealed a-Si0.66O0.34:H films, our analysis shows a reduction of the NC band gap from approximately 2.34-2.08 eV indicating larger mean NC size for increasing annealing laser fluences, accompanied by a reduction in NC DOS distribution width from 0.28-0.26 eV, indicating a narrower size distribution.

  15. Evaluation of the Fracture Toughness on the Surface Layer in HIP-Sintered Silicon Nitride

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    Takamatsu, Tohru; Miyoshi, Yoshio; Tanabe, Hirotaka; Segawa, Muneyoshi

    To clarify the validity of evaluation of the threshold value of fracture toughness Kth on the surface layer of ceramics by sphere indentation test, indenters of various diameters 2R were used for sphere indentation tests with using Si3N4 specimens made by HIP-sintering and numerical calculation of the stress intensity factor KI was performed for surface cracks under ball-plate contact loading. The crack length ci was estimated from experimental results using KI, where ci is the length of the crack leading to a ring crack and the conditions for ring crack initiation were assumed to be KI>Kth. The average values of ci increased with increasing 2R in the case of small 2R, but the averages of ci gradually approached a constant value in cases with large 2R. The constant value of ci was estimated as 7.9-8.6 μm using Kth=5.3 MPa·m½ and was almost equivalent to the grain size of the test material. The same results were obtained in the previous study with Si3N4 specimens made by gas-pressure-sintering. Therefore, sphere indentation tests can be used to evaluate Kth of ceramics using KI for surface cracks.

  16. Microstructural designs of spark-plasma sintered silicon carbide ceramic scaffolds

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    Román-Manso, B.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Concentrated ceramic inks based on β-SiC powders, with different amounts of Y2O3 and Al2O3 as sintering aids, are developed for the adequate production of SiC scaffolds, with different patterned morphologies, by the Robocasting technique. The densifi cation of the as-produced 3D structures, previously heat treated in air at 600 ºC for the organics burn-out, is achieved with a Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS furnace. The effects of the amount of sintering additives (7 - 20 wt. % and the size of the SiC powders (50 nm and 0.5 μm on the processing of the inks, microstructure, hardness and elastic modulus of the sintered scaffolds, are studied. The use of nano-sized β-SiC powders significantly restricts the attainable maximum solids volume fraction of the ink (0.32 compared to 0.44 of the submicron-sized powders-based ink, involving a much larger porosity of the green ceramic bodies. Furthermore, reduced amounts of additives improve the mechanical properties of the ceramic skeleton; particularly, the stiffness. The grain size and specific surface area of the starting powders, the ink solids content, green porosity, amount of sintering additives and SPS temperatures are the main parameters to be taken into account for the production of these SiC cellular ceramics.Se han fabricado andamiajes de carburo de silicio (SiC usando la técnica de “Robocasting”, a partir de tintas cerámicas conteniendo β-SiC y distintas cantidades de Y2O3 and Al2O3, como aditivos de sinterización. La densificación de las estructuras tridimensionales, previamente calcinadas a 600 ºC para eliminar los aditivos orgánicos, se realizó en un horno de “Spark Plasma Sintering” (SPS. Se analizó el efecto de la cantidad de aditivos de sinterización (7-20 % en peso y del tamaño de partícula inicial del polvo de SiC (50 nm y 0.5 μm en el procesado de las tintas, en la microestructura, la dureza y el módulo elástico de las estructuras sinterizadas. El uso de polvo

  17. Fundamentals of Sintering Dolomite

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    LIMaoqiang

    1996-01-01

    The difficulties in sintering of dolomite rise form the low mutual diffusibilites of Ca2+ in MgO and Mg2+ in CaO ,and from unique pore and agglomerate structures formed after calcination of dolomite.These microstructures in decompsoed dolomite play a great role in inhibition of densification during sintering.The measures ,which can destroy these stuctures,such as hydration or isostatic pressing after calcination of dolomite,result in increasing the sintered density and reducting the sintering temperature,Addition of ome oxide such as Fe2O3,ater the sintering mechanism from solid state sintering to liquid phase sintering,therefore,dense dolomite ody can be obtained at relatively low sintering temperature,Com-minution of dolomite before its calcination can lower the sintering temperature and enhance the sinterd ensity due to increasing both the quantity and homogeneity of Fe2O3 in dolomite.

  18. Characterization of high density through silicon vias with spectral reflectometry.

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    Ku, Yi-Sha; Huang, Kuo Cheng; Hsu, Weite

    2011-03-28

    Measurement and control is an important step for production-worthy through silicon vias etch. We demonstrate the use and enhancement of an existing wafer metrology tool, spectral reflectometer by implementing novel theoretical model and measurement algorithm for high density through-silicon via (HDTSV) inspection. It is capable of measuring depth and depth variations of array vias by Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) analysis in one shot measurement. Surface roughness of via bottom can also be extracted by scattering model fitting. Our non-destructive solution can measure TSV profile diameters as small as 5 μm and aspect ratios greater than 13:1. The measurement precision is in the range of 0.02 μm. Metrology results from actual 3D interconnect processing wafers are presented.

  19. Stress-enhanced dislocation density reduction in multicrystalline silicon

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    Bertoni, M.I.; Powell, D.M.; Vogl, M.L.; Castellanos, S.; Fecych, A.; Buonassisi, T. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States)

    2011-01-15

    Stress is generally perceived to be detrimental for multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si), leading to dislocation multiplication during crystal growth and processing. Herein, we evaluate the role of stress as a driving force for dislocation density reduction in mc-Si. At high temperatures, close to the melting point (>0.8T{sub m}), we observe that the application of stress as well as the relief of residual stress, can modify the density of pre-existing dislocations in as-grown mc-Si under certain conditions, leading to a net local reduction of dislocation density. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Optimization of sintering conditions in bulk MgB{sub 2} material for improvement of critical current density

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    Muralidhar, M., E-mail: miryala1@shibaura-it.ac.jp [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Nozaki, K.; Kobayashi, H. [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Zeng, X.L.; Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Koblischka, M.R. [Experimental Physics, Saarland University, P.O. Box 151150, 66041 Saarbrücken (Germany); Inoue, K.; Murakami, M. [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan)

    2015-11-15

    The present investigation focuses on methods to further improve the J{sub c} values of disk-shaped bulk MgB{sub 2} superconductors by optimizing the sintering conditions. We prepared two sets of bulk MgB{sub 2} material from commercial high-purity powders of Mg metal and amorphous B using a single-step solid-state reaction process. To optimize the sintering time, a set of samples was sintered at 775 °C with sintering duration ranging between 1 and 10 h (pure Ar atmosphere). A second set of samples was produced similarly at 775, 780, 785, 795, 800 and 805 °C (3 h, pure argon atmosphere). X-ray diffraction analysis showed that both sets of samples were single phase MgB{sub 2}. Magnetization measurements confirmed a sharp superconducting transition with T{sub c,onset} ≈ 38.2 K–38.8 K. The critical current density (J{sub c}) values for MgB{sub 2} samples produced for 1 h were the highest in all processed materials, i.e., the high J{sub c} value of 270,000 A/cm{sup 2} and 125,000 A/cm{sup 2} (20 K, self-field and 1 T) were achieved in the sample produced at 775 °C, without any additional doping. In contrast, the second series of samples clearly indicated that at 805 °C (3 h) the highest J{sub c} of 245,000 A/cm{sup 2} and 110,000 A/cm{sup 2} (20 K, self-field and 1 T) were achieved. AFM and EBSD observations indicated that largest amount of fine grains do exist in the sample sintered at 775 °C, but the narrowest distribution of grains does exist in the sample sintered at 800 °C. The present results clearly demonstrate a strong relation between the microstructure and the pinning performance. The optimization of the sintering conditions is crucial to improve the performance of bulk MgB{sub 2} samples. - Highlights: • We had successfully improved the performance of sintered, pure bulk MgB{sub 2} materials. • EBSD observations clarified that the grain sizes are in the 100–500 nm range. • The high J{sub c} value at 20 K, 0 T and 1 T are 2.70 × 10{sup 5} A

  1. Comparative analysis of oxidation methods of reaction-sintered silicon carbide for optimization of oxidation-assisted polishing.

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    Shen, Xinmin; Dai, Yifan; Deng, Hui; Guan, Chaoliang; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2013-11-04

    Combination of the oxidation of reaction-sintered silicon carbide (RS-SiC) and the polishing of the oxide is an effective way of machining RS-SiC. In this study, anodic oxidation, thermal oxidation, and plasma oxidation were respectively conducted to obtain oxides on RS-SiC surfaces. By performing scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX) analysis and scanning white light interferometry (SWLI) measurement, the oxidation behavior of these oxidation methods was compared. Through ceria slurry polishing, the polishing properties of the oxides were evaluated. Analysis of the oxygen element on polished surfaces by SEM-EDX was conducted to evaluate the remaining oxide. By analyzing the three oxidation methods with corresponding polishing process on the basis of schematic diagrams, suitable application conditions for these methods were clarified. Anodic oxidation with simultaneous polishing is suitable for the rapid figuring of RS-SiC with a high material removal rate; polishing of a thermally oxidized surface is suitable for machining RS-SiC mirrors with complex shapes; combination of plasma oxidation and polishing is suitable for the fine finishing of RS-SiC with excellent surface roughness. These oxidation methods are expected to improve the machining of RS-SiC substrates and promote the application of RS-SiC products in the fields of optics, molds, and ceramics.

  2. Preliminary study on atmospheric-pressure plasma-based chemical dry figuring and finishing of reaction-sintered silicon carbide

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    Shen, Xinmin; Deng, Hui; Zhang, Xiaonan; Peng, Kang; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2016-10-01

    Reaction-sintered silicon carbide (RS-SiC) is a research focus in the field of optical manufacturing. Atmospheric-pressure plasma-based chemical dry figuring and finishing, which consist of plasma chemical vaporization machining (PCVM) and plasma-assisted polishing (PAP), were applied to improve material removal rate (MRR) in rapid figuring and ameliorate surface quality in fine finishing. Through observing the processed RS-SiC sample in PCVM by scanning white-light interferometer (SWLI), the calculated peak-MRR and volume-MRR were 0.533 μm/min and 2.78×10-3 mm3/min, respectively. The comparisons of surface roughness and morphology of the RS-SiC samples before and after PCVM were obtained by the scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope. It could be found that the processed RS-SiC surface was deteriorated with surface roughness rms 382.116 nm. The evaluations of surface quality of the processed RS-SiC sample in PAP corresponding to different collocations of autorotation speed and revolution speed were obtained by SWLI measurement. The optimal surface roughness rms of the processed RS-SiC sample in PAP was 2.186 nm. There were no subsurface damages, scratches, or residual stresses on the processed sample in PAP. The results indicate that parameters in PAP should be strictly selected, and the optimal parameters can simultaneously obtain high MRR and smooth surface.

  3. Silicon carbide-free graphene growth on silicon for lithium-ion battery with high volumetric energy density

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    Son, In Hyuk; Hwan Park, Jong; Kwon, Soonchul; Park, Seongyong; Rümmeli, Mark H.; Bachmatiuk, Alicja; Song, Hyun Jae; Ku, Junhwan; Choi, Jang Wook; Choi, Jae-man; Doo, Seok-Gwang; Chang, Hyuk

    2015-01-01

    Silicon is receiving discernable attention as an active material for next generation lithium-ion battery anodes because of its unparalleled gravimetric capacity. However, the large volume change of silicon over charge–discharge cycles weakens its competitiveness in the volumetric energy density and cycle life. Here we report direct graphene growth over silicon nanoparticles without silicon carbide formation. The graphene layers anchored onto the silicon surface accommodate the volume expansion of silicon via a sliding process between adjacent graphene layers. When paired with a commercial lithium cobalt oxide cathode, the silicon carbide-free graphene coating allows the full cell to reach volumetric energy densities of 972 and 700 Wh l−1 at first and 200th cycle, respectively, 1.8 and 1.5 times higher than those of current commercial lithium-ion batteries. This observation suggests that two-dimensional layered structure of graphene and its silicon carbide-free integration with silicon can serve as a prototype in advancing silicon anodes to commercially viable technology. PMID:26109057

  4. Silicon carbide-free graphene growth on silicon for lithium-ion battery with high volumetric energy density.

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    Son, In Hyuk; Hwan Park, Jong; Kwon, Soonchul; Park, Seongyong; Rümmeli, Mark H; Bachmatiuk, Alicja; Song, Hyun Jae; Ku, Junhwan; Choi, Jang Wook; Choi, Jae-Man; Doo, Seok-Gwang; Chang, Hyuk

    2015-06-25

    Silicon is receiving discernable attention as an active material for next generation lithium-ion battery anodes because of its unparalleled gravimetric capacity. However, the large volume change of silicon over charge-discharge cycles weakens its competitiveness in the volumetric energy density and cycle life. Here we report direct graphene growth over silicon nanoparticles without silicon carbide formation. The graphene layers anchored onto the silicon surface accommodate the volume expansion of silicon via a sliding process between adjacent graphene layers. When paired with a commercial lithium cobalt oxide cathode, the silicon carbide-free graphene coating allows the full cell to reach volumetric energy densities of 972 and 700 Wh l(-1) at first and 200th cycle, respectively, 1.8 and 1.5 times higher than those of current commercial lithium-ion batteries. This observation suggests that two-dimensional layered structure of graphene and its silicon carbide-free integration with silicon can serve as a prototype in advancing silicon anodes to commercially viable technology.

  5. Sintering Processes Optimization of Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell%晶体硅太阳电池烧结工艺优化

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    高华; 杨乐; 张闻斌; 李杏兵

    2012-01-01

      金属电极与硅的接触电阻是影响太阳电池填充因子和短路电流进而影响光电转换效率的重要因素之一。首先对晶体硅太阳电池的烧结工艺进行了优化,利用平台式烧结温度曲线代替陡坡式烧结温度曲线。然后,采用Core Scan方法测试工艺优化前后晶体硅太阳电池丝网印刷烧结银电极与硅之间的接触电阻Rc,并测试了工艺优化前后电池片的IV特性。数据显示烧结工艺优化后可减小银电极与硅的接触电阻,从而提高了太阳电池的光电转化效率。平台式烧结温度曲线更适用浅结高方阻的电池结构。%  The contact resistance between a metal electrode and silicon is one of the important factors which influence solar cell fill factor, short circuit current and electro-optic conversion efficiency. By optimizing the sin⁃tering technique of crystal silicon solar cell, the platform-based sintering temperature curve with steep is replaced by the sintering temperature curve. The Core Scan method is used to test the contact resistance Rc between sinter⁃ing silver electrode of crystal silicon solar cell and silicon before and after technique optimizing process. And IV characteristic battery plate is tested before and after technique optimizing process. The test results show that the optimized sintering technique can reduce the contact resistance between silver electrode and silicon. So elec⁃tro-optic conversion efficiency of solar cell is improved. The platform-based sintering temperature curve is much more suitable for high efficiency shallow junction silicon cell structure.

  6. Calculation of the electron density distribution in silicon by the density-functional method. Comparison with X-ray results

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    Velders, G.J.M.; Feil, D.

    1989-01-01

    Quantum-chemical density-functional theory (DFT) calculations, using the local-density approximation (LDA), have been performed for hydrogen-bounded silicon clusters to determine the electron density distribution of the Si-Si bond. The density distribution in the bonding region is compared with calc

  7. Forming high efficiency silicon solar cells using density-graded anti-reflection surfaces

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    Yuan, Hao-Chih; Branz, Howard M.; Page, Matthew R.

    2014-09-09

    A method (50) is provided for processing a graded-density AR silicon surface (14) to provide effective surface passivation. The method (50) includes positioning a substrate or wafer (12) with a silicon surface (14) in a reaction or processing chamber (42). The silicon surface (14) has been processed (52) to be an AR surface with a density gradient or region of black silicon. The method (50) continues with heating (54) the chamber (42) to a high temperature for both doping and surface passivation. The method (50) includes forming (58), with a dopant-containing precursor in contact with the silicon surface (14) of the substrate (12), an emitter junction (16) proximate to the silicon surface (14) by doping the substrate (12). The method (50) further includes, while the chamber is maintained at the high or raised temperature, forming (62) a passivation layer (19) on the graded-density silicon anti-reflection surface (14).

  8. Research on optimal process parameters in thermally oxidation-assisted polishing of reaction-sintered silicon carbide

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    Shen, Xinmin; Yamamura, Kazuya; Zhang, Xiaonan; Zhang, Xiangpo; Wang, Dong; Peng, Kang

    2016-10-01

    Reaction-sintered silicon carbide (RS-SiC) has been widely used in space telescope systems for its excellent physical and mechanical properties. Thermally oxidation-assisted polishing is a practical machining method to obtain RS-SiC parts with high precision, and the research focus is optimization of process parameters, because there are bumpy structures on the oxidized RS-SiC. By atomic force microscopy (AFM) detection, the distributions of oxides on the oxidized RS-SiC sample are quantitative analyzed when the thermal oxidation time is 5min, 30min, and 60min, and the calculated average differences of oxide heights between the initial Si grains and SiC grains are 10.7nm, 25.1nm, and 35.2nm, respectively. Meanwhile, the volume expansion coefficient in oxidation of Si/SiC to SiO2 is 2.257 and 2.194, respectively. Through theoretical derivation based on the Deal-Grove model, the numerical relationship between differences of oxide heights and thermal oxidation time is obtained. Combining with the material removal rate of oxide by ceria slurry in the abrasive polishing, the obtained surface quality can be precisely forecasted and controlled. The oxidized RS-SiC sample, when the oxidation time is 30min, is polished with different times to verify the theoretical analysis results. When the polishing times are 20min, 30min, and 40min, the obtained differences of oxide heights by the AFM detection are consistent with theoretical calculated results. Research on the optimal process parameters in thermally oxidation-assisted polishing of RS-SiC can improve the process level of RS-SiC sample and promote the application of SiC parts.

  9. Sintered silicon carbide: a new ceramic vessel material for microwave chemistry in single-mode reactors.

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    Gutmann, Bernhard; Obermayer, David; Reichart, Benedikt; Prekodravac, Bojana; Irfan, Muhammad; Kremsner, Jennifer M; Kappe, C Oliver

    2010-10-25

    Silicon carbide (SiC) is a strongly microwave absorbing chemically inert ceramic material that can be utilized at extremely high temperatures due to its high melting point and very low thermal expansion coefficient. Microwave irradiation induces a flow of electrons in the semiconducting ceramic that heats the material very efficiently through resistance heating mechanisms. The use of SiC carbide reaction vessels in combination with a single-mode microwave reactor provides an almost complete shielding of the contents inside from the electromagnetic field. Therefore, such experiments do not involve electromagnetic field effects on the chemistry, since the semiconducting ceramic vial effectively prevents microwave irradiation from penetrating the reaction mixture. The involvement of electromagnetic field effects (specific/nonthermal microwave effects) on 21 selected chemical transformations was evaluated by comparing the results obtained in microwave-transparent Pyrex vials with experiments performed in SiC vials at the same reaction temperature. For most of the 21 reactions, the outcome in terms of conversion/purity/product yields using the two different vial types was virtually identical, indicating that the electromagnetic field had no direct influence on the reaction pathway. Due to the high chemical resistance of SiC, reactions involving corrosive reagents can be performed without degradation of the vessel material. Examples include high-temperature fluorine-chlorine exchange reactions using triethylamine trihydrofluoride, and the hydrolysis of nitriles with aqueous potassium hydroxide. The unique combination of high microwave absorptivity, thermal conductivity, and effusivity on the one hand, and excellent temperature, pressure and corrosion resistance on the other hand, makes this material ideal for the fabrication of reaction vessels for use in microwave reactors.

  10. Hightemperature Mechanical Properties of Sintered Alpha Silicon Carbide (13 October 1978 - 13 October 1979),

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    1980-02-19

    greater than 0.5 mm long. Den- sity, measured by the immersion method ( ASTM - C373 -72) varied from 3.08 to 3.15 q/cc. For each test, specimens were randomly...long. Density, measured by the immersion method**, varied from 3.07 to 3.16 g/cc. Metal lographic * Carborundum Co. ** ASTM - C373 -72 -2- AIRESEARCH...antificial ocean saltwater ( ASTM -D1141-52 (without heavy metals)), baked in air at 900’C for 65 hr and then at 1260 0C for 65 hr in an electric furnace

  11. Fabrication and densification enhancement of SiC-particulate-reinforced copper matrix composites prepared via the sinter-forging process

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    Mohammadmehdi Shabani; Mohammad Hossein Paydar; Mohammad Mohsen Moshksar

    2014-01-01

    The fabrication of copper (Cu) and copper matrix silicon carbide (Cu/SiCp) particulate composites via the sinter-forging process was investigated. Sintering and sinter-forging processes were performed under an inert Ar atmosphere. The influence of sinter-forging time, tempera-ture, and compressive stress on the relative density and hardness of the prepared samples was systematically investigated and subsequently com-pared with that of the samples prepared by the conventional sintering process. The relative density and hardness of the composites were enhanced when they were prepared by the sinter-forging process. The relative density values of all Cu/SiCp composite samples were observed to decrease with the increase in SiC content.

  12. Liquid phase sintering of silicon carbide with AlN/Y2O3, Al2O3/Y2O3 and SiO2/Y2O3 additions

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    Kurt Strecker

    1999-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the influence of the additive system on the liquid phase sintering of silicon carbide has been investigated. The additives employed were mixtures of AlN/Y2O3, Al2O3/Y2O3 and SiO2/Y2O3. The total additive content was fixed at 20 vol.-%, maintaining the Y2O3 content in each additive system at 35 vol.-%. Cold isostatically pressed samples were sintered at 1900, 2000 and 2100 °C under Ar atmosphere during 30 min. The most promising results have been obtained by samples with AlN/Y2O3 additions sintered at 2000 °C, exhibiting the smallest weight loss of about 6% and the highest flexural strengths of about 433 MPa. Samples with Al2O3/Y2O3 and SiO2/Y2O3 additions exhibited high weight loss, because of reactions of Al2O3 and SiO2 with the SiC matrix, forming gaseous species such as Al2O, SiO and CO, resulting in depletion of the liquid phase, and, consequently, in inferior final densities and mechanical properties. Concerning the SiO2/Y2O3 additive system, the reactions seem to be completed already at temperatures below 1900 °C, turning this additive mixture unsuitable. The microstructural analysis indicated only the presence of the b-SiC phase for all samples; no phase transformation of the b-SiC into a-SiC has been observed.

  13. Sintering in Laser Sintering

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    Bourell, David L.

    2016-03-01

    Laser sintering is a popular additive manufacturing technology, particularly for service parts. Invented by C. Deckard in the mid-1980s, the approach of using a laser to densify a powder bed selectively has been extensively researched and has been applied to metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. In the traditional powder-metallurgical sense, sintering involves solid-state atomic transport resulting in neck formation and eventual densification in a powder mass. The use of the term "sintering" as a descriptive term for the powder-bed additive manufacturing process has been problematical to the technical community, because the predominant densification mechanism has been shown for most applications to be melting and reflow. The term has perpetuated as a name for the additive manufacturing process, at least for polymers. The technical term "sintering" is accurately associated with laser sintering insofar as powder pre-processing and part post-processing are concerned. It may also be used to describe formation of "part cake". This paper describes the circumstances surrounding the coining of the term, "laser sintering" and provides some examples of how sintering is used in pre- and post-processing.

  14. Spark plasma sintering of silicon carbide, multi-walled carbon nanotube and graphene reinforced zirconium diboride ceramic composite

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    Balaraman Yadhukulakrishnan, Govindaraajan

    Scope and Method of Study: Space vehicles re-entering the earth's atmosphere experience very high temperatures due to aerodynamic heating. Ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTC) with melting point higher than 3200°C are promising materials for thermal protection systems of such space vehicles re-entering the earth's atmosphere. Among several UHTC systems ZrB2 based ceramic composites are particularly important for thermal protection systems due to their better mechanical and thermoelectric properties and high oxidation resistance. In this study spark plasma sintering of SiC, carbon nanotubes (CNT) and graphene nano platelets (GNP) reinforced ZrB2 ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites is reported. Findings and Conclusions: Systematic investigations on the effect of reinforcement type (SiC, CNTs and GNP) and content (10-40 vol.% SiC, 2-6 vol.% CNTs and 2-6 vol.% GNP) on densification behavior, microstructure development, and mechanical properties (microhardness, bi-axial flexural strength, and indentation fracture toughness) are reported. With the similar SPS parameters near-full densification (>99% relative density) was achieved with 10-40 vol.% SiC, 4-6 vol.% CNT reinforced composites. Highly dense composites were obtained in 4-6 vol.% GNP reinforced composites. The SiC, CNT and GNP reinforcement improved the indentation fracture toughness of the composites through a range of toughening mechanisms, including particle shearing, crack deflection at the particle-matrix interface, and grain pull-outs for ZrB2-SiC composites, CNT pull-outs and crack deflection in ZrB2-CNT composites and crack deflection, crack bridging and GNP sheet pull-out for ZrB2 -GNP composites.

  15. Sintering process and critical current density of low activation Mg{sup 11}B{sub 2} superconductors from low temperature to high temperature

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    Cheng, Fang; Liu, Yongchang [State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Safety, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Ma, Zongqing, E-mail: mzq0320@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Safety, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, AIIM, University of Wollongong, Squires Way, North Wollongong, NSW 2500 (Australia); Shahriar Al Hossain, Md [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, AIIM, University of Wollongong, Squires Way, North Wollongong, NSW 2500 (Australia); Somer, M. [Chemistry Department, Koc University, Rumelifeneri Yolu, TR-34450 Sariyer-Istanbul (Turkey)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Both H{sub irr} and J{sub c} of our low activation Mg{sup 11}B{sub 2} bulks are better than previous studies. • Low-temperature sintering leads to better J{sub c} at high field, worse J{sub c} at low field. • The highest J{sub c} value (2.2 ×10{sup 5} A cm{sup −2}) was achieved in low activation Mg{sup 11}B{sub 2} bulks. - Abstract: As the “low activation” superconductor, Mg{sup 11}B{sub 2} has a potential application in superconducting coils for fusion reactor. In present work, the sintering process and critical current density of low activation Mg{sup 11}B{sub 2} superconductors were systemically studied from low temperature to high temperature. It was found that the J{sub c} and H{sub irr} values of Mg{sup 11}B{sub 2} bulks in present work are both obviously higher than that of those samples prepared in previous studies. Furthermore, the low-temperature sintered samples exhibit better J{sub c} performance at high fields than the high-temperature sintered samples, due to strong grain boundaries pinning. On the other hand, the high-temperature sintered samples have higher J{sub c} at low fields compared to low-temperature sintered samples, mainly owing to their better crystallinity and grain connectivity. The highest J{sub c} value (2.20 ×10{sup 5} A cm{sup −2} at 20 K, self-field) is obtained in the Mg{sup 11}B{sub 2} sample sintered at 850 °C for 45 min.

  16. Effect of Powder Type and Compaction Pressure on the Density, Hardness and Oxidation Resistance of Sintered and Steam-treated Steels

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    Wang, Wen-Fung

    2007-10-01

    Two types of Hoganas iron powders—sponge (NC), and highly compressible (SC) were investigated. These specimens were compacted with a pressure of 300, 400, 500, 600, and 700 MPa, before sintering in a production belt-type furnace. Steam treatment of the specimens was at 570 °C for 30 min. The sintered density and as-sintered hardness increase with increasing compaction pressure, and are significantly influenced by the powder structural characteristics. During steam treatment the type of powder and compaction pressure have an important influence on the extent of pore closure and weight gain. The maximum hardness was obtained for the components compacted at a pressure of 500 MPa for both groups of iron powders. Surface pore closure and oxidation resistance of the steam-treated components are improved with increasing compaction pressure.

  17. Deep anisotropic dry etching of silicon microstructures by high-density plasmas

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    Blauw, M.A.

    2004-01-01

    This thesis deals with the dry etching of deep anisotropic microstructures in monocrystalline silicon by high-density plasmas. High aspect ratio trenches are necessary in the fabrication of sensitive inertial devices such as accellerometers and gyroscopes. The etching of silicon in fluorine-based

  18. Flash sintering of ceramic materials

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    Dancer, C. E. J.

    2016-01-01

    During flash sintering, ceramic materials can sinter to high density in a matter of seconds while subjected to electric field and elevated temperature. This process, which occurs at lower furnace temperatures and in shorter times than both conventional ceramic sintering and field-assisted methods such as spark plasma sintering, has the potential to radically reduce the power consumption required for the densification of ceramic materials. This paper reviews the experimental work on flash sint...

  19. Influence of high sintering pressure on the microhardness and wear resistance of diamond powder and silicon carbide-based composites

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    Oleksandr Sergueevitch Osipov

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available The work reported on here involved the development of several samples of "diamond-SiC" composite produced under sintering pressures of up to 9.0 GPa at temperatures of up to 1973 7K. The average size of the diamond micropowder crystals used was 40/28 µm. The sintering process was carried out in a 2500-ton hydraulic press equipped with an anvil-type high-pressure device having a toroidal work surface and a central concavity diameter of 20 mm. The microhardness and wear resistance of the samples were found to be dependent on the sintering pressure. The experimental results indicated that the maximum microhardness and minimum wear resistance coefficients of each compact were attained when the pressure applied during sintering exceeded 6.5 GPa. Based on the established values of pressure, this study served to identify the types of devices applicable for the manufacture of composite material inserts for a variety of rock drilling applications.

  20. Extraction of interface state density and resistivity of suspended p-type silicon nanobridges

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    Zhang Jiahong; Liu Qingquan; Ge Yixian; Gu Fang; Li Min; Mao Xiaoli; Cao Hongxia

    2013-01-01

    The evaluation of the influence of the bending deformation of silicon nanobridges on their electrical properties is crucial for sensing and actuating applications.A combined theory/experimental approach for determining the resistivity and the density of interface states of the bending silicon nanobridges is presented.The suspended p-type silicon nanobridge test structures were fabricated from silicon-on-insulator wafers by using a standard CMOS lithography and anisotropic wet etching release process.After that,we measured the resistance of a set of silicon nanobridges versus their length and width under different bias voltages.In conjunction with a theoretical model,we have finally extracted both the interface state density of and resistivity suspended silicon nanobridges under different bending deformations,and found that the resistivity of silicon nanobridges without bending was 9.45 mΩ·cm and the corresponding interface charge density was around 1.7445 × 1013 cm-2.The bending deformation due to the bias voltage slightly changed the resistivity of the silicon nanobridge,however,it significantly changed the distribution of interface state charges,which strongly depends on the intensity of the stress induced by bending deformation.

  1. 3D Mapping Of Density And Crack Propagation Through Sintering Of Catalysis Tablets By X-Ray Tomography

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    Jacobsen, Hjalte Sylvest; Puig-Molina, A.; Dalskov, N.

    2016-01-01

    properly, cracks may arise and propagate during the sintering of the tablets. This can lead to weak sintered tablets that get rejected in the quality control. For this work, crack-containing samples of rejected tabletized support were provided. The formation, growth and closure of internal cracks during......For hydrogen production, by steam reforming, porous ceramics are broadly used as catalyst support, due to their stability and ease in shaping. Catalyst supports in the form of tablets are conventionally produced by powder pressing and subsequent sintering. However, if the process is not done...

  2. Sintering of calcium phosphate bioceramics.

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    Champion, E

    2013-04-01

    Calcium phosphate ceramics have become of prime importance for biological applications in the field of bone tissue engineering. This paper reviews the sintering behaviour of these bioceramics. Conventional pressureless sintering of hydroxyapatite, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, a reference compound, has been extensively studied. Its physico-chemistry is detailed. It can be seen as a competition between two thermally activated phenomena that proceed by solid-state diffusion of matter: densification and grain growth. Usually, the objective is to promote the first and prevent the second. Literature data are analysed from sintering maps (i.e. grain growth vs. densification). Sintering trajectories of hydroxyapatite produced by conventional pressureless sintering and non-conventional techniques, including two-step sintering, liquid phase sintering, hot pressing, hot isostatic pressing, ultrahigh pressure, microwave and spark plasma sintering, are presented. Whatever the sintering technique may be, grain growth occurs mainly during the last step of sintering, when the relative bulk density reaches 95% of the maximum value. Though often considered very advantageous, most assisted sintering techniques do not appear very superior to conventional pressureless sintering. Sintering of tricalcium phosphate or biphasic calcium phosphates is also discussed. The chemical composition of calcium phosphate influences the behaviour. Similarly, ionic substitutions in hydroxyapatite or in tricalcium phosphate create lattice defects that modify the sintering rate. Depending on their nature, they can either accelerate or slow down the sintering rate. The thermal stability of compounds at the sintering temperature must also be taken into account. Controlled atmospheres may be required to prevent thermal decomposition, and flash sintering techniques, which allow consolidation at low temperature, can be helpful.

  3. Investigating thermal donors in n-type Cz silicon with carrier density imaging

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available A new method to map the thermal donor concentration in silicon wafers using carrier density imaging is presented. A map of the thermal donor concentration is extracted with high resolution from free carrier density images of a silicon wafer before and after growth of thermal donors. For comparison, free carrier density mapping is also performed using the resistivity method together with linear interpolation. Both methods reveal the same distribution of thermal donors indicating that the carrier density imaging technique can be used to map thermal donor concentration. The interstitial oxygen concentration can also be extracted using the new method in combination with Wijaranakula's model. As part of this work, the lifetime at medium injection level is correlated to the concentration of thermal donors in the as-grown silicon wafer. The recombination rate is found to depend strongly on the thermal donor concentration except in the P-band region.

  4. High energy density interpenetrating networks from ionic networks and silicone

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    Yu, Liyun; Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Hvilsted, Søren;

    2015-01-01

    The energy density of dielectric elastomers (DEs) is sought increased for better exploitation of the DE technology since an increased energy density means that the driving voltage for a certain strain can be lowered in actuation mode or alternatively that more energy can be harvested in generator...

  5. Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles under Sintering Conditions: A Quantitative Study.

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    Silencieux, Fanny; Bouchoucha, Meryem; Mercier, Olivier; Turgeon, Stéphane; Chevallier, Pascale; Kleitz, Freddy; Fortin, Marc-André

    2015-12-01

    Thin films made of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) are finding new applications in catalysis, optics, as well as in biomedicine. The fabrication of MSNs thin films requires a precise control over the deposition and sintering of MSNs on flat substrates. In this study, MSNs of narrow size distribution (150 nm) are synthesized, and then assembled onto flat silicon substrates, by means of a dip-coating process. Using concentrated MSN colloidal solutions (19.5 mg mL(-1) SiO2), withdrawal speed of 0.01 mm s(-1), and well-controlled atmospheric conditions (ambient temperature, ∼ 70% of relative humidity), monolayers are assembled under well-structured compact patterns. The thin films are sintered up to 900 °C, and the evolution of the MSNs size distributions are compared to those of their pore volumes and densities. Particle size distributions of the sintered thin films were precisely fitted using a model specifically developed for asymmetric particle size distributions. With increasing temperature, there is first evidence of intraparticle reorganization/relaxation followed by intraparticle sintering followed by interparticle sintering. This study is the first to quantify the impact of sintering on MSNs assembled as thin films.

  6. Complexes of silicon, vacancy, and hydrogen in diamond: A density functional study

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    Thiering, Gergő; Gali, Adam

    2015-10-01

    Paramagnetic luminescent point defects in diamond are increasingly important candidates for quantum information processing applications. Recently, the coherent manipulation of single silicon-vacancy defect spins has been demonstrated in chemical vapor deposited diamond samples where silicon may be introduced as a contamination in the growth process. Hydrogen impurity may simultaneously enter diamond too and form complexes with silicon-vacancy defects. However, relatively little is known about these complexes in diamond. Here we report plane-wave supercell density functional theory results on various complexes of silicon vacancy and hydrogen in diamond. We found a family of complexes of silicon, vacancies, and hydrogen atoms that are thermally stable in diamond with relatively low formation energies that might form yet unobserved or unidentified silicon-related defects. These complexes often show infrared optical transitions and are paramagnetic. We tentatively assign one of these complexes to a recently reported but yet unidentified infrared absorber center. We show that this center has a metastable triplet state and might exhibit a spin-selective decay to the ground state, thus it is an interesting candidate for quantum information processing applications. We also discuss here methodology aspects of calculating hyperfine parameters and intradefect level excitations in systems with notoriously complex electron states within hybrid density functional approach. We also demonstrate that a simplified approach using ab initio data can be very powerful to predict the relative intensities of the phonon replica associated with quasilocal vibration modes in the photoexcitation spectrum.

  7. Chemically and Thermally Stable High Energy Density Silicone Composites Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Thermal energy storage systems with 300 ? 1000 kJ/kg energy density through either phase changes or chemical heat absorption are sought by NASA. This proposed effort...

  8. Pressureless sintered beta prime-Si3N4 solid solution: Fabrication, microstructure, and strength

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    Dutta, S.

    1977-01-01

    Si3N4, AlN, and Al2O3 were used as basic constituents in a study of the pressureless sintering of beta prime-Si3N4 solid solution as a function of temperature. Y2O3-SiO2 additions were used to promote liquid-phase sintering. The sintered specimens were characterized with respect to density, microstructure, strength, oxidation, and thermal shock resistance. Density greater than 98 percent of theoretical was achieved by pressureless sintering at 1750 C. The microstructure consisted essentially of fine-grained beta prime-Si3N4 solid solution as the major phase. Modulus of rupture strengths up to 483 MPa were achieved at moderate temperature (1000 C), but decreased to 228 MPa at 1380 C. This substantial strength loss was attributed to a glassy grain boundary phase formed during cooling from the sintering temperature. The best oxidation resistance was exhibited by a composition containing 3 mol % Y2O3-SiO2 additives. Water quench thermal shock resistance was equivalent to that of reaction sintered silicon nitride but lower than hot-pressed silicon nitride.

  9. Pressureless sintered beta-prime-Si3N4 solid solution - Fabrication, microstructure, and strength

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    Dutta, S.

    1977-01-01

    Pressureless sintering of beta-prime-Si3N4 solid solution was studied as a function of temperature using Si3N4, A1N, and Al2O3 as basic constituents. Y2O3-SiO2 additions were used to promote liquid-phase sintering. The sintered specimens were characterized with respect to density, microstructure, strength, oxidation, and thermal shock resistance. Density greater than 98 percent of theoretical was achieved by pressureless sintering at 1750 C. The microstructure consisted essentially of fine-grained beta-prime-Si3N4 solid solution as the major phase. Modulus of rupture strengths up to 483 M Pa were achieved at moderate temperature (1000 C), but decreased to 228 M Pa at 1380 C. This substantial strength loss was attributed to a 'glassy' grain boundary phase formed during cooling from the sintering temperature. The best oxidation resistance was exhibited by a composition containing 3 mol % Y2O3-SiO2 additives. Water quench thermal shock resistance was equivalent to that of reaction sintered silicon nitride but lower than hot-pressed silicon nitride.

  10. Effect of Density and Surface Roughness on Optical Properties of Silicon Carbide Optical Components

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    LIU Gui-Ling; HUANG Zheng-Ren; LIU Xue-Jian; JIANG Dong-Liang

    2008-01-01

    @@ The effect of density and surface roughness on the optical properties of silicon carbide optical components is investigated.The density is the major factor of the total reflectance while the surface roughness is the major factor of the diffuse reflectance.The specular reflectance of silicon carbide optical components can be improved by increasing the density and decreasing the surface roughness,in the form of reducing bulk absorption and surface-related scattering,respectively.The contribution of the surface roughness to the specular reflectance is much greater than that of the density.When the rms surface roughness decreases to 2.228nm,the specular reflectance decreases to less than 0.7% accordingly.

  11. Method to reduce dislocation density in silicon using stress

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    Buonassisi, Anthony; Bertoni, Mariana; Argon, Ali; Castellanos, Sergio; Fecych, Alexandria; Powell, Douglas; Vogl, Michelle

    2013-03-05

    A crystalline material structure with reduced dislocation density and method of producing same is provided. The crystalline material structure is annealed at temperatures above the brittle-to-ductile transition temperature of the crystalline material structure. One or more stress elements are formed on the crystalline material structure so as to annihilate dislocations or to move them into less harmful locations.

  12. Transport at low electron density in the two-dimensional electron gas of silicon MOSFETs

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    Heemskerk, Richard

    1998-01-01

    his thesis contains the result of an experimental study on the transport properties of high quality Si MOSFETs at low temperatures. A metalinsulator transition is found at a critical electron density. The electrons in the inversion layer of a silicon MOSFET are trapped in a potential well at the Si-

  13. Mechanism analysis on finishing of reaction-sintered silicon carbide by combination of water vapor plasma oxidation and ceria slurry polishing

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    Shen, Xinmin; Tu, Qunzhang; Deng, Hui; Jiang, Guoliang; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2015-05-01

    Reaction-sintered silicon carbide (RS-SiC), which is considered as a promising mirror material for space telescope systems, requires a high surface property. An ultrasmooth surface with a Ra surface roughness of 0.480 nm was obtained after water vapor plasma oxidation for 90 min followed by ceria slurry polishing for 40 min. The oxidation process of RS-SiC by water vapor plasma was analyzed based on the Deal-Grove model, and the theoretical calculation results are consistent with the measured data obtained by scanning white light interferometer (SWLI), scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive x-ray, and atomic force microscope. The polishing process of oxidized RS-SiC by ceria slurry was investigated according to the Preston equation, which would theoretically forecast the evolutions of RS-SiC surfaces along with the increasing of polishing time, and it was experimentally verified by comparing the surface roughnesses obtained by SWLI and the surface morphologies obtained by SEM. The mechanism analysis on the finishing of RS-SiC would be effective for the optimization of water vapor plasma oxidation parameters and ceria slurry polishing parameters, which will promote the application of RS-SiC substrates by improving the surface property obtained by the oxidation-assisted polishing method.

  14. Hierarchical columnar silicon anode structures for high energy density lithium sulfur batteries

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    Piwko, Markus; Kuntze, Thomas; Winkler, Sebastian; Straach, Steffen; Härtel, Paul; Althues, Holger; Kaskel, Stefan

    2017-05-01

    Silicon is a promising anode material for next generation lithium secondary batteries. To significantly increase the energy density of state of the art batteries with silicon, new concepts have to be developed and electrode structuring will become a key technology. Structuring is essential to reduce the macroscopic and microscopic electrode deformation, caused by the volume change during cycling. We report pulsed laser structuring for the generation of hierarchical columnar silicon films with outstanding high areal capacities up to 7.5 mAh cm-2 and good capacity retention. Unstructured columnar electrodes form a micron-sized block structure during the first cycle to compensate the volume expansion leading to macroscopic electrode deformation. At increased silicon loading, without additional structuring, pronounced distortion and the formation of cracks through the current collector causes cell failure. Pulsed laser ablation instead is demonstrated to avoid macroscopic electrode deformation by initial formation of the block structure. A full cell with lithiated silicon versus a carbon-sulfur cathode is assembled with only 15% overbalanced anode and low electrolyte amount (8 μl mgsulfur-1). While the capacity retention over 50 cycles is identical to a cell with high excess lithium anode, the volumetric energy density could be increased by 30%.

  15. The Effect of U{sub 3}O{sub 8} Powder on the Sintered Density of UO{sub 2} Pellet I. Oxidation Temperature

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    Yang, C. M.; Jung, G. D.; Yoo, M. J.; Lee, J. R. [KEPCO Nuclear Fuel Co., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Na, S. H. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    UO{sub 2} is the most widely used nuclear fuel for current nuclear power generation. In addition, the dependence of nuclear power in the total power generation is growing due to eco-friendly factors, such as the regulation of CO{sub 2} emissions. Because of the limitations of uranium reserves and an increasing use of uranium resources, uranium price is increasing. The recycling of uranium resources is environmentally friendly as well as economical. During the manufacturing process of UO{sub 2} pellets, the accompanying amount of scrap is approximately 8%. These scraps under an air atmosphere at constant temperature are recycled into U{sub 3}O{sub 8}. In general, the sintered density of UO{sub 2} pellet decreases and pore becomes coarse by the addition of U{sub 3}O{sub 8}. In other words, U{sub 3}O{sub 8} is a density controller as well as a pore-former In this study, the influence of U{sub 3}O{sub 8} powder, formed by the various oxidation temperatures, on the sintered density of CANDU-type UO{sub 2} pellet was investigated

  16. Silicon-Nanowire Based Lithium Ion Batteries for Vehicles With Double the Energy Density

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    Stefan, Ionel [Amprius, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA (United States); Cohen, Yehonathan [Amprius, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA (United States)

    2015-03-31

    Amprius researched and developed silicon nanowire anodes. Amprius then built and delivered high-energy lithium-ion cells that met the project’s specific energy goal and exceeded the project’s energy density goal. But Amprius’ cells did not meet the project’s cycle life goal, suggesting additional manufacturing process development is required. With DOE support, Amprius developed a new anode material, silicon, and a new anode structure, nanowire. During the project, Amprius also began to develop a new multi-step manufacturing process that does not involve traditional anode production processes (e.g. mixing, drying and calendaring).

  17. TEM investigation of silicon carbide wafers with reduced micropipe density

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    Saddow, S. E.; Schattner, T. E.; Shamsuzzoha, M.; Rendakova, S. V.; Dmitriev, V. A.

    2000-03-01

    A technique to reduce the micropipe density in SiC substrates by first filling in the defects and then growing an LPE layer on the filled material has been developed by TDI. LPE growth in SiC is known to result in poor surface morphology, namely step-bunching due to the off-axis substrate orientation. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth experiments on SiC substrates with reduced micropipe density using a cold-wall CVD reactor resulted in a significant improvement in the surface morphology. Although preliminary device results are encouraging, the exact nature of the filled micropipes nor the impact of growing CVD epitaxial layers on LPE SiC had not been fully characterized. We have preformed transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements to evaluate the crystallographic properties of the CVD/LPE and LPE/substrate interface. It was observed that no new dislocations were nucleated at the LPE/CVD interface. Although a micropipe was not located in the samples characterized, a tilt of 1.5° was observed between the LPE layer and the substrate. In addition, dislocations were observed to propagate through the LPE layer from the substrate which are most likely the 1C close-core screw dislocations common to SiC hexagonal substrates.

  18. Advanced ceramics sintering using high-power millimeter-wave radiation

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    Setsuhara, Y.; Kamai, M.; Kinoshita, S.; Abe, N.; Miyake, S. [Osaka Univ. (Japan). Welding Research Inst.; Saji, T. [Fujidempa Kogyo Co., Ltd., Ibaraki (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    The results of ceramics sintering experiments using high-power millimeter-wave radiation are reported. Sintering of silicon nitride with 5% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and 5% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} was performed in a multi-mode applicator using a 10-kW 28-GHz gyrotron in CW operation. It was found that the silicon nitride samples sintered with 28 GHz radiation at 1,650 C for 30 min reached to as high as theoretical density (TD), while the conventionally sintered samples at 1700 C for 60 min resulted in the density as low as 90% TD. Focusing experiments of millimeter-wave radiation from the high-power pulsed 60-GHz gyrotron have been performed using a quasi-optical antenna system (two-dimensional ellipso-parabolic focusing antenna system) to demonstrate the feasibility of the power density of as high as 100 kW/cm{sup 2}. Typical heating characteristics using the focused beam were made clear for this system. It was found that the densification of yttria-stabilized zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}-8mol%Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) samples to as high as 97% TD was obtained from the sintering with focused 60 GHz beam in pulse operation with a 10-ms pulse duration at a 0.5Hz repetition. The densification temperature for the zirconia could be lowered by 200 C than that expected conventionally.

  19. Preparation of silicon carbide nitride films on Si substrate by pulsed high-energy density plasma

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    2006-01-01

    Thin films of silicon carbide nitride (SiCN) were prepared on (111) oriented silicon substrates by pulsed high-energy density plasma (PHEDP). The evolution of the chemical bonding states between silicon, nitrogen and carbon was investigated as a function of discharge voltage using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. With an increase in discharge voltage both the C1s and N 1s spectra shift to lower binding energy due to the formation of C-Si and N-Si bonds. The Si-C-N bonds were observed in the deconvolved C1s and N 1s spectra. The X-ray diffractometer (XRD) results show that there were no crystals in the films. The thickness of the films was approximately 1-2 μm with scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  20. Research and Development of New High Temperature Sintering Furnace for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell%新型晶硅电池快速烧结炉的研制

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    邓斌; 郭立; 万喜新; 佘鹏程

    2012-01-01

    This paper introduces the new high temperature sintering furnace, put forward to get used to the high resistance technology of rapid sintering furnace in the furnace body structure characteristics, temperature control, rapid cooling and so on several aspects of the design, to improve the conversion efficiency of crystalline silicon cells, reduce the production cost. According to the design and production of the new high temperature sintering furnace, used in industrial silicon solar cell of high resistance process, meet the technological requirement, obtained better economic benefits.%介绍了新型晶硅电池快速烧结炉的研制,提出了适应高阻工艺的快速烧结炉在炉体结构特点、温度控制方式、快速降温冷却等几个方面的改进设计,来提高晶硅电池的转换效率,降低生产成本。根据此设计生产的新型晶硅电池快速烧结炉,应用于产业化晶硅电池的高阻工艺流程中,满足工艺要求,取得了较好的经济效益。

  1. Mechanical properties of SiB6 addition of carbon sintered body

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    Tanaka, Samon; Fukushima, Noriyuki; Matsushita, Jun-ichi; Akatsu, T.; Niihara, K.; Yasuda, E.

    2001-04-01

    Boride material is said as the useful material, which has high melting point and high strength. B4C in carbide is very hard at the next of the diamond and cubic-BN in the Mohs hardness and B4C has excellent chemical stability and high strength. B4C is being used as the polishing material from the hardness. However, it is difficult to make sintered body from high melting point (2623 K). Several silicon boride phases such as SiB4, SiB6, SiB6-x, SiB6+x, and Si11B31, were previously reported. Silicon hexaboride (SiB6) has proved to be a potentially useful material because of its high degree of hardness, moderate melting point (2123 K), and low specific gravity. We studied the preparation of SiB6-B4C-SiC sintered body in this report. We knew experientially that SiB6 reacts with carbon at the high temperature, and forms B4C or SiC. Carbon addition SiB6 sintered body produced by hot pressing and reaction sintering that sintering condition was 1973 K for 3.6 ks in vacuum under a pressure of 25 MPa. The relative density of sintered bodies (SiB6-0,5,10,15 wt%C) was approximately 100%. Characterization of mechanical properties was used indentation, Vickers hardness and thermal

  2. Reactive spark plasma sintering of MgB2 in nitrogen atmosphere for the enhancement of the high-field critical current density

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    Badica, P.; Burdusel, M.; Popa, S.; Pasuk, I.; Ivan, I.; Borodianska, H.; Vasylkiv, O.; Kuncser, A.; Ionescu, A. M.; Miu, L.; Aldica, G.

    2016-10-01

    High density bulks (97%-99%) of MgB2 were prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) in nitrogen (N2) atmosphere for different heating rates (10, 20 and 100 °C min-1) and compared with reference samples processed in vacuum and Ar. N2 reacts with MgB2 and forms MgB9N along the MgB2 grain boundaries. The high-field critical current density is enhanced for the sample processed in N2 with a heating rate of 100 °C min-1. At 2-35 K, this sample shows the strongest contribution of the grain boundary pinning (GBP). All samples are in the point pinning (PP) limit and by increasing temperature the GBP contribution decreases.

  3. Data on the impact of increasing the W amount on the mass density and compressive properties of Ni-W alloys processed by spark plasma sintering.

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    Sadat, T; Hocini, A; Lilensten, L; Faurie, D; Tingaud, D; Dirras, G

    2016-06-01

    Bulk Ni-W alloys having composite-like microstructures are processed by spark plasma sintering (SPS) route of Ni and W powder blends as reported in a recent study of Sadat et al. (2016) (DOI of original article: doi:10.1016/j.matdes.2015.10.083) [1]. The present dataset deals with determination of mass density and evaluation of room temperature compressive mechanical properties as function of the amount of W (%wt. basis). The presented data concern: (i) measurement of the mass of each investigated Ni-W alloy which is subsequently used to compute the mass density of the alloy and (ii) the raw (stress (MPa) and strain ([Formula: see text])) data, which can be subsequently used for stress/ strain plots.

  4. Data on the impact of increasing the W amount on the mass density and compressive properties of Ni–W alloys processed by spark plasma sintering

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    Sadat, T.; Hocini, A.; Lilensten, L.; Faurie, D.; Tingaud, D.; Dirras, G.

    2016-01-01

    Bulk Ni–W alloys having composite-like microstructures are processed by spark plasma sintering (SPS) route of Ni and W powder blends as reported in a recent study of Sadat et al. (2016) (DOI of original article: doi:10.1016/j.matdes.2015.10.083) [1]. The present dataset deals with determination of mass density and evaluation of room temperature compressive mechanical properties as function of the amount of W (%wt. basis). The presented data concern: (i) measurement of the mass of each investigated Ni–W alloy which is subsequently used to compute the mass density of the alloy and (ii) the raw (stress (MPa) and strain (ΔLL0)) data, which can be subsequently used for stress/ strain plots. PMID:27158658

  5. High current density stability of ohmic contacts to silicon carbide

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    Downey, Brian P.

    The materials properties of SiC, such as wide bandgap, high breakdown electric field, and good thermal conductivity, make it an appealing option for high temperature and high power applications. The replacement of Si devices with SiC components could lead to a reduction in device size, weight, complexity, and cooling requirements along with an increase in device efficiency. One area of concern under high temperature or high current operation is the stability of the ohmic contacts. Ohmic contact degradation can cause an increase in parasitic resistance, which can diminish device performance. While contact studies have primarily focused on the high temperature stability of ohmic contacts to SiC, different failure mechanisms may arise under high current density stressing due to the influence of electromigration. In addition, preferential degradation may occur at the anode or cathode due to the directionality of current flow, known as a polarity effect. The failure mechanisms of ohmic contacts to p-type SiC under high current density stressing are explored. Complementary materials characterization techniques were used to analyze contact degradation, particularly the use of cross-sections prepared by focused ion beam for imaging using field emission scanning electron microscopy and elemental analysis using Auger electron spectroscopy. Initially the degradation of commonly studied Ni and Al-based contacts was investigated under continuous DC current. The contact metallization included a bond pad consisting of a TiW diffusion barrier and thick Au overlayer. The Ni contacts were found to degrade due to the growth of voids within the ohmic contact layer, which were initially produced during the high temperature Ni/SiC ohmic contact anneal. The Al-based contacts degraded due to the movement of Al from the ohmic contact layer to the surface of the Au bond pad, and the movement of Au into the ohmic contact layer from the bond pad. The inequality of Al and Au fluxes generated

  6. Investigation of the silicon ion density during molecular beam epitaxy growth

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    Eifler, G.; Kasper, E.; Ashurov, Kh.; Morozov, S.

    2002-05-01

    Ions impinging on a surface during molecular beam epitaxy influence the growth and the properties of the growing layer, for example, suppression of dopant segregation and the generation of crystal defects. The silicon electron gun in the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) equipment is used as a source for silicon ions. To use the effect of ion bombardment the mechanism of generation and distribution of ions was investigated. A monitoring system was developed and attached at the substrate position in the MBE growth chamber to measure the ion and electron densities towards the substrate. A negative voltage was applied to the substrate to modify the ion energy and density. Furthermore the current caused by charge carriers impinging on the substrate was measured and compared with the results of the monitoring system. The electron and ion densities were measured by varying the emission current of the e-gun achieving silicon growth rates between 0.07 and 0.45 nm/s and by changing the voltage applied to the substrate between 0 to -1000 V. The dependencies of ion and electron densities were shown and discussed within the framework of a simple model. The charged carrier densities measured with the monitoring system enable to separate the ion part of the substrate current and show its correlation to the generation rate. Comparing the ion density on the whole substrate and in the center gives a hint to the ion beam focusing effect. The maximum ion and electron current densities obtained were 0.40 and 0.61 μA/cm2, respectively.

  7. Water Uptake Vs. Density and Conversion in Silicon Containing Cyanate Esters (Briefing Charts)

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    2014-12-17

    Conversion in Silicon Containing Cyanate Esters 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d. PROJECT NUMBER Michael D. Ford...decline in density was found to be similar in magnitude to that of other cyanate ester resins which have been previously studied. The water uptake...followed similar trends as compared to other cyanate esters in that it was similarly dependent on conversion, but did not correlate with the development of

  8. Investigation of the silicon ion density during molecular beam epitaxy growth

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    Eifler, G; Ashurov, K; Morozov, S

    2002-01-01

    Ions impinging on a surface during molecular beam epitaxy influence the growth and the properties of the growing layer, for example, suppression of dopant segregation and the generation of crystal defects. The silicon electron gun in the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) equipment is used as a source for silicon ions. To use the effect of ion bombardment the mechanism of generation and distribution of ions was investigated. A monitoring system was developed and attached at the substrate position in the MBE growth chamber to measure the ion and electron densities towards the substrate. A negative voltage was applied to the substrate to modify the ion energy and density. Furthermore the current caused by charge carriers impinging on the substrate was measured and compared with the results of the monitoring system. The electron and ion densities were measured by varying the emission current of the e-gun achieving silicon growth rates between 0.07 and 0.45 nm/s and by changing the voltage applied to the substrate betw...

  9. G-centers in irradiated silicon revisited: A screened hybrid density functional theory approach

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    Wang, H.

    2014-05-13

    Electronic structure calculations employing screened hybrid density functional theory are used to gain fundamental insight into the interaction of carbon interstitial (Ci) and substitutional (Cs) atoms forming the CiCs defect known as G-center in silicon (Si). The G-center is one of the most important radiation related defects in Czochralski grown Si. We systematically investigate the density of states and formation energy for different types of CiCs defects with respect to the Fermi energy for all possible charge states. Prevalence of the neutral state for the C-type defect is established.

  10. A-centers in silicon studied with hybrid density functional theory

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    Wang, Hao

    2013-07-29

    Density functional theory employing hybrid functional is used to gain fundamental insight into the interaction of vacancies with oxygen interstitials to form defects known as A-centers in silicon. We calculate the formation energy of the defect with respect to the Fermi energy for all possible charge states. It is found that the neutral and doubly negatively charged A-centers dominate. The findings are analyzed in terms of the density of states and discussed in view of previous experimental and theoretical studies.

  11. A Comparative Study on SiC-B4C-Si Cermet Prepared by Pressureless Sintering and Spark Plasma Sintering Methods

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    Sahani, P.; Karak, S. K.; Mishra, B.; Chakravarty, D.; Chaira, D.

    2016-06-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC)-boron carbide (B4C) based cermets were doped with 5, 10, and 20 wt pct Silicon (Si) and their sinterability and properties were investigated for conventional sintering at 2223 K (1950 °C) and spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 1623 K (1350 °C). An average particle size of ~3 µm was obtained after 10 hours of milling. There is an enhancement of Vickers microhardness in the 10 wt pct Si sample from 18.10 in conventional sintering to 27.80 GPa for SPS. The relative density, microhardness, and indentation fracture toughness of the composition SiC60(B4C)30Si10 fabricated by SPS are 98 pct, 27.80 GPa, and 3.8 MPa m1/2, respectively. The novelty of the present study is to tailor the wettability and ductility of the cermet by addition of Si into the SiC-B4C matrix. Better densification with improved properties is achieved for cermets consolidated by SPS at lower temperatures than conventional sintering.

  12. Evaluation of sintering effects on SiC-incorporated UO2 kernels under Ar and Ar-4%H2 environments

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    Silva, Chinthaka M.; Lindemer, Terrence B.; Hunt, Rodney D.; Collins, Jack L.; Terrani, Kurt A.; Snead, Lance L.

    2013-11-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) is suggested as an oxygen getter in UO2 kernels used for tristructural isotropic (TRISO) particle fuels and to prevent kernel migration during irradiation. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry analyses performed on sintered kernels verified that an internal gelation process can be used to incorporate SiC in UO2 fuel kernels. Even though the presence of UC in either argon (Ar) or Ar-4%H2 sintered samples suggested a lowering of the SiC up to 3.5-1.4 mol%, respectively, the presence of other silicon-related chemical phases indicates the preservation of silicon in the kernels during sintering process. UC formation was presumed to occur by two reactions. The first was by the reaction of SiC with its protective SiO2 oxide layer on SiC grains to produce volatile SiO and free carbon that subsequently reacted with UO2 to form UC. The second process was direct UO2 reaction with SiC grains to form SiO, CO, and UC. A slightly higher density and UC content were observed in the sample sintered in Ar-4%H2, but both atmospheres produced kernels with ˜95% of theoretical density. It is suggested that incorporating CO in the sintering gas could prevent UC formation and preserve the initial SiC content.

  13. 三维打印结合反应烧结制备多孔氮化硅陶瓷%Porous Silicon Nitride Ceramics Prepared by 3D Printing and Reaction Sintering

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    翁作海; 曾庆丰; 谢聪伟; 彭军辉; 张瑾

    2013-01-01

    Using silicon powder as starting material and dextrin as binder, porous silicon green body was prepared via 3D printing technology, and then highly porous silicon nitride ceramic was obtained by reaction sintering. The influence of sintering process on the property of the 3DP porous Si3N4 was investigated. The results show that, when the silicon green body was prepared by the 3D printer followed by the step-by-step heating process, porous Si3N4 ceramic with flexural strength of (5. 1 + 0. 3) MPa and porosity of (74. 3 + 0. 6) % was obtained. After reaction sintering, the linear shrinkages of the samples were smaller than 2. 0%. Ceramic parts with complex shapes can be ma-nufactured by such hybrid 3DP and reaction sintering technology with free-form and near-net-shape features.%以硅粉(Si)为起始原料,糊精为粘结剂,采用三维打印(3DP)快速成型技术制备出多孔硅坯体,通过反应烧结得到高孔隙率的氮化硅(Si3N4)陶瓷.研究了反应烧结工艺对3DP多孔Si3N4陶瓷性能的影响.结果表明:3DP成型的硅坯体采用阶梯式升温机制,可得到抗弯强度为(5.1±0.3)MPa,孔隙率达(74.3±0.6)%的多孔Si3 N4陶瓷.反应烧结后,样品的线收缩率小于2.O%.三维打印结合反应烧结法实现了复杂形状陶瓷构件的无模制造与净尺寸成型.

  14. Partitioning of hydrophobic organic contaminants between polymer and lipids for two silicones and low density polyethylene

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    Smedes, Foppe; Rusina, Tatsiana P.; Beeltje, Henry

    2017-01-01

    concentrations in other (defined) media, which however requires appropriate polymer to media partition coefficients. We determined thus polymer-lipid partition coefficients (KPL) of various PCB, PAH and organochlorine pesticides by equilibration of two silicones and low density polyethylene (LDPE) with fish oil...... and Triolein at 4 °C and 20 °C. We observed (i) that KPL was largely independent of lipid type and temperature, (ii) that lipid diffusion rates in the polymers were higher compared to predictions based on their molecular volume, (iii) that silicones showed higher lipid diffusion and lower lipid sorption...... compared to LDPE and (iv) that absorbed lipid behaved like a co-solute and did not affect the partitioning of HOC at least for the smaller molecular size HOC. The obtained KPL can convert measured equilibrium concentrations in passive sampling polymers into equilibrium concentrations in lipid, which...

  15. Microwave fast sintering of submicrometer alumina

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    Romualdo Rodrigues Menezes

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Commercially available alumina powder with high-purity submicrometer particle size and narrow particle size distribution was fully densified by a microwave hybrid fast firing technique. The alumina compacts were surrounded by susceptor material, which helped the heating of the samples, and sintered in a microwave oven at a frequency of 2.45 GHz and a power level of 1.8 kW. The sintered samples reached densities of 99% in sintering cycles of 30 to 40 minutes, a much shorter time than conventional sintering processes. The sintered samples showed uniform microstructures with powder particle size/average grain size rations higher than 1:2.

  16. Trapped charge densities in Al2O3-based silicon surface passivation layers

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    Jordan, Paul M.; Simon, Daniel K.; Mikolajick, Thomas; Dirnstorfer, Ingo

    2016-06-01

    In Al2O3-based passivation layers, the formation of fixed charges and trap sites can be strongly influenced by small modifications in the stack layout. Fixed and trapped charge densities are characterized with capacitance voltage profiling and trap spectroscopy by charge injection and sensing, respectively. Al2O3 layers are grown by atomic layer deposition with very thin (˜1 nm) SiO2 or HfO2 interlayers or interface layers. In SiO2/Al2O3 and HfO2/Al2O3 stacks, both fixed charges and trap sites are reduced by at least a factor of 5 compared with the value measured in pure Al2O3. In Al2O3/SiO2/Al2O3 or Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 stacks, very high total charge densities of up to 9 × 1012 cm-2 are achieved. These charge densities are described as functions of electrical stress voltage, time, and the Al2O3 layer thickness between silicon and the HfO2 or the SiO2 interlayer. Despite the strong variation of trap sites, all stacks reach very good effective carrier lifetimes of up to 8 and 20 ms on p- and n-type silicon substrates, respectively. Controlling the trap sites in Al2O3 layers opens the possibility to engineer the field-effect passivation in the solar cells.

  17. Density profile in thin films of polybutadiene on silicon oxide substrates: a TOF-NR study.

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    Hoppe, E Tilo; Sepe, Alessandro; Haese-Seiller, Martin; Moulin, Jean-François; Papadakis, Christine M

    2013-08-27

    We have investigated thin films from fully deuterated polybutadiene (PB-d6) on silicon substrates with the aim of detecting and characterizing a possible interphase in the polymer film near the substrate using time-of-flight neutron reflectometry (TOF-NR). As substrates, thermally oxidized silicon wafers were either used as such or they were coated with triethylethoxysilyl modified 1,2-PB prior to deposition of the PB-d6 film. TOF-NR reveals that, for both substrates, the scattering length density (SLD) of the PB films decreases near the solid interface. The reduction of SLD is converted to an excess fraction of free volume. To further verify the existence of the interphase in PB-d6, we attempt to model the TOF-NR curves with density profiles which do not feature an interphase. These density profiles do not describe the TOF-NR curves adequately. We conclude that, near the solid interface, an interphase having an SLD lower than the bulk of the film is present.

  18. Density functional theory calculations of the stress of oxidised (110) silicon surfaces

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    Melis, C; Colombo, L; Mana, G

    2016-01-01

    The measurement of the lattice-parameter of silicon by x-ray interferometry assumes the use of strain-free crystals. This might not be the case because surface relaxation, reconstruction, and oxidation cause strains without the application of any external force. In a previous work, this intrinsic strain was estimated by a finite element analysis, where the surface stress was modeled by an elastic membrane having a 1 N/m tensile strength. The present paper quantities the surface stress by a density functional theory calculation. We found a value exceeding the nominal value used, which potentially affects the measurement accuracy.

  19. VV and VO2 defects in silicon studied with hybrid density functional theory

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    Christopoulos, Stavros Richard G

    2014-12-07

    The formation of VO (A-center), VV and VO2 defects in irradiated Czochralski-grown silicon (Si) is of technological importance. Recent theoretical studies have examined the formation and charge states of the A-center in detail. Here we use density functional theory employing hybrid functionals to analyze the formation of VV and VO2 defects. The formation energy as a function of the Fermi energy is calculated for all possible charge states. For the VV and VO2 defects double negatively charged and neutral states dominate, respectively.

  20. Morphological and optical properties of n-type porous silicon: effect of etching current density

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    M DAS; D SARKAR

    2016-12-01

    Morphological and optical properties of porous silicon (PS) layer fabricated on n-type silicon wafer have been reported in the present article. Method of PS fabrication is by photo-assisted electrochemical etching with different etching current densities ($J$). Porosity and PS layer thickness, obtained by the gravimetric method, increase with increasing $J$. Pore morphology observed by FESEM shows the presence of randomly distributed pores with mostly spherical shape. Calculated pore size is also seen to increase with increasing value of $J$. XRD gives the characteristic amorphous peak of PS along with some peaks corresponding to crystalline silicon (c-Si). Calculated crystallite size shows decreasing trend with increasing $J$ value. The optical properties of these samples have been investigated by UV–visible reflectance, Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Reflectance measurement shows blue-shift of the spectrum with increased reflectivity for increasing $J$. Raman spectra show remarkable blue-shift with respect to the c-Si peak. PL spectra give the luminescence energy in the orange–red region of the visible spectrum and little change with variation of $J$.

  1. A topological analysis of charge densities in diamond, silicon and germanium crystals

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    Abramov, Yu.A. [National Inst. for Research in Inorganic Materials, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Okamura, F.P. [National Inst. for Research in Inorganic Materials, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    1997-03-01

    The Hansen-Coppens multipole model of charge density has been fitted to highly accurate published experimental and theoretical structure factors for diamond, silicon and germanium crystals. Analysis of both model experimental and theoretical charge densities using the resulting model parameters was performed in terms of Bader`s topological theory. The general topology of the charge density appeared to be identical for all crystals, containing the four possible types of critical points of rank three, and no non-nuclear attractors between neighboring atoms were found within achieved accuracy. Theoretical and experimental values of charge density and its Laplacian show quantitative and semiquantitative agreement, respectively, at the critical points of model charge densities. For Ge crystals, such agreement is worse at the ring critical point. These results suggest the possibility of semiquantitative (within 10-30%) study of the topological characteristics of highly accurate X-ray charge densities of crystals displaying shared interatomic interactions. Comparative topological analysis of the chemical bond in this series of crystals is discussed in terms of the quantum topological theory. (orig.).

  2. Silicon Photonics for All-Optical Processing and High-Bandwidth-Density Interconnects

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    Ophir, Noam

    The first chapter of the thesis provides motivation for the integration of silicon photonic modules into compute systems and surveys some of the recent developments in the field. The second chapter then proceeds to detail a technical case study of silicon photonic microring-based WDM links' scalability and power efficiency for these chip I/O applications which could be developed in the intermediate future. The analysis, initiated originally for a workshop on optical and electrical board and rack level interconnects, looks into a detailed model of the optical power budget for such a link capturing both single-channel aspects as well as WDM-operation-related considerations which are unique for a microring physical characteristics. The third chapter, while continuing on the theme silicon photonic high bandwidth density links, proceeds to detail the first experimental demonstration and characterization of an on-chip spatial division multiplexing (SDM) scheme based on microrings for the multiplexing and demultiplexing functionalities. In the context of more forward looking optical network-on-chip environments, SDM-enabled WDM photonic interconnects can potentially achieve superior bandwidth densities per waveguide compared to WDM-only photonic interconnects. The microring-based implementation allows dynamic tuning of the multiplexing and demultiplexing characteristic of the system which allows operation on WDM grid as well device tuning to combat intra-channel crosstalk. The characterization focuses on the first reported power penalty measurements for on-chip silicon photonic SDM link showing minimal penalties achievable with 3 spatial modes concurrently operating on a single waveguide with 10-Gb/s data carried by each mode. The fourth, fifth, and sixth chapters shift in topic from the application of silicon photonics to communication links to the evolving use of silicon waveguides for nonlinear all-optical processing. Chapter four primarily introduces and motivates

  3. Doping strategies to control A-centres in silicon: Insights from hybrid density functional theory

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    Wang, Hao

    2014-01-01

    Hybrid density functional theory is used to gain insights into the interaction of intrinsic vacancies (V) and oxygen-vacancy pairs (VO, known as A-centres) with the dopants (D) germanium (Ge), tin (Sn), and lead (Pb) in silicon (Si). We determine the structures as well as binding and formation energies of the DVO and DV complexes. The results are discussed in terms of the density of states and in view of the potential of isovalent doping to control A-centres in Si. We argue that doping with Sn is the most efficient isovalent doping strategy to suppress A-centres by the formation of SnVO complexes, as these are charge neutral and strongly bound. © 2014 the Owner Societies.

  4. G-centers in irradiated silicon revisited: A screened hybrid density functional theory approach

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    Wang, H.; Schwingenschlögl, U., E-mail: Udo.Schwingenschlogl@kaust.edu.sa [PSE Division, KAUST, Thuwal 23955-6900 (Saudi Arabia); Chroneos, A., E-mail: Alex.Chroneos@open.ac.uk [Engineering and Innovation, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (United Kingdom); Department of Materials, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Londos, C. A.; Sgourou, E. N. [University of Athens, Solid State Physics Section, Panepistimiopolis Zografos, Athens 157 84 (Greece)

    2014-05-14

    Electronic structure calculations employing screened hybrid density functional theory are used to gain fundamental insight into the interaction of carbon interstitial (C{sub i}) and substitutional (C{sub s}) atoms forming the C{sub i}C{sub s} defect known as G-center in silicon (Si). The G-center is one of the most important radiation related defects in Czochralski grown Si. We systematically investigate the density of states and formation energy for different types of C{sub i}C{sub s} defects with respect to the Fermi energy for all possible charge states. Prevalence of the neutral state for the C-type defect is established.

  5. Ceramics for thermonuclear fusion. II Synthesis and sintering of lithium metasilicate. Materiales ceramicos fertiles en fusion termonuclear. II Sintesis y sinterizacion de metasilicato de litio

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    La Iglesia, A.; Romero, M.P. (Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) Facultad de Ciencias Geologicas)

    1990-01-01

    The synthesis and sintering of lithium metasilicate, a possible candidate as fuel in nuclear fusion has been studied. This synthesis has been carried out by solid state reaction between lithium carbonate and silicon oxide. As was demonstrated by X-ray diffraction the formation takes place by a consecutive reaction. The thermogravimetric analysis has shown the influence of the silica particle size and crystallinity on the reaction giving rise to activation energy values of 51,6 kJ/mol for silica gel with high specific surface and 272,0 kJ/mol for silica glass with low specific surface. The sintering study shows it is necessary to use lithium metasilicate from high specific surface silica and carrying out the sintering between 800{sup 0} and 900{sup 0}C for obtaining sintered densities between 75-85% of theoretical density. (Author)

  6. Gravitational Role in Liquid Phase Sintering

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    Upadhyaya, Anish; Iacocca, Ronald G.; German, Randall M.

    1998-01-01

    To comprehensively understand the gravitational effects on the evolution of both the microstructure and the macrostructure during liquid phase sintering, W-Ni-Fe alloys with W content varying from 35 to 98 wt.% were sintered in microgravity. Compositions that slump during ground-based sintering also distort when sintered under microgravity. In ground-based sintering, low solid content alloys distort with a typical elephant-foot profile, while in microgravity, the compacts tend to spheroidize. This study shows that microstructural segregation occurs in both ground-based as well as microgravity sintering. In ground-based experiments, because of the density difference between the solid and the liquid phase, the solid content increases from top to the bottom of the sample. In microgravity, the solid content increases from periphery to the center of the samples. This study also shows that the pores during microgravity sintering act as a stable phase and attain anomalous shapes.

  7. Evaluation of optical and electronic properties of silicon nano-agglomerates embedded in SRO: applying density functional theory.

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    Espinosa-Torres, Néstor D; la Luz, David Hernández-de; Flores-Gracia, José Francisco J; Luna-López, José A; Martínez-Juárez, Javier; Vázquez-Valerdi, Diana E

    2014-01-01

    In systems in atomic scale and nanoscale such as clusters or agglomerates constituted by particles from a few to less than 100 atoms, quantum confinement effects are very important. Their optical and electronic properties are often dependent on the size of the systems and the way in which the atoms in these clusters are bonded. Generally, these nanostructures display optical and electronic properties significantly different to those found in corresponding bulk materials. Silicon agglomerates embedded in silicon rich oxide (SRO) films have optical properties, which have been reported to be directly dependent on silicon nanocrystal size. Furthermore, the room temperature photoluminescence (PL) of SRO has repeatedly generated a huge interest due to its possible applications in optoelectronic devices. However, a plausible emission mechanism has not been widely accepted in the scientific community. In this work, we present a short review about the experimental results on silicon nanoclusters in SRO considering different techniques of growth. We focus mainly on their size, Raman spectra, and photoluminescence spectra. With this as background, we employed the density functional theory with a functional B3LYP and a basis set 6-31G* to calculate the optical and electronic properties of clusters of silicon (constituted by 15 to 20 silicon atoms). With the theoretical calculation of the structural and optical properties of silicon clusters, it is possible to evaluate the contribution of silicon agglomerates in the luminescent emission mechanism, experimentally found in thin SRO films.

  8. Electromagnetic local density of states in graphene-covered porous silicon carbide

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    Zhou, Ting [Department of Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China); Wang, Tong-Biao, E-mail: tbwang@ncu.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China); Liao, Qing-Hua; Liu, Jiang-Tao; Yu, Tian-Bao [Department of Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China); Liu, Nian-Hua [Institute for Advanced Study, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China)

    2017-06-21

    Surface phonon polariton supported by silicon carbide (SiC) can be strongly coupled with graphene plasmon in the graphene-covered SiC bulk. The spectrum of the electromagnetic local density of states exhibits two peaks whose positions can be tuned by the chemical potential of graphene. In this work, we study the electromagnetic local density of states in the proximity of a graphene-covered SiC with periodic hole arrays. The well-known peak from the coupling of surface polariton supported by SiC and graphene plasmon splits into two. With increased volume ratio of holes, one of the split peak shifts towards high frequencies, whereas the other moves towards low frequencies. The dependence of split-peak positions on the chemical potential and permittivity of filling materials in the holes are also investigated. This study offers another method of modulating the electromagnetic local density of states. - Highlights: • The electromagnetic local density of states in the proximity of graphene-covered anisotropic SiC is firstly studied. • The peak from resonance of surface phonon polaritons in the EM-LDOS spectrum can be split into two. • The split peaks can be tuned by chemical potential, filling factor, and filling materials. • Our results provide a new method to modulate the EM-LDOS.

  9. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis of porous silicon prepared by photo-electrochemical etching: current density effect

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    Husairi, F. S.; Rouhi, J.; Eswar, K. A.; Zainurul, A. Z.; Rusop, M.; Abdullah, S.

    2014-09-01

    Electrical impedance characteristics of porous silicon nanostructures (PSiNs) in frequency function were studied. PSiNs were prepared through photo-electrochemical etching method at various current densities (15-40 mA/cm2) and constant etching time. The atomic force microscope images of PSiNs show that pore diameter and roughness increase when current density increases to 35 mA/cm2. The surface roughness subsequently decreases because of continuous etching of pillars, and a second etching process occurs. Photoluminescence spectra show blue and red shift with increasing applied current density that is attributed to PSiNs size. Variations of electrical resistance and capacitance values of PSiNs were measured using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis. These results indicate that PSiNs prepared at 20 mA/cm2 current density have uniform porous structures with a large number of pillars. Furthermore, this PSiNs structure influences large values of charge transfer resistance and double layer capacitance, indicating potential application in sensors.

  10. Effect of argon implantation on solid-state dewetting: control of size and surface density of silicon nanocrystals

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    Almadori, Y.; Borowik, Ł.; Chevalier, N.; Barbé, J.-C.

    2017-01-01

    Thermally induced solid-state dewetting of ultra-thin films on insulators is a process of prime interest, since it is capable of easily forming nanocrystals. If no particular treatment is performed to the film prior to the solid-state dewetting, it is already known that the size, the shape and the density of nanocrystals is governed by the initial film thickness. In this paper, we report a novel approach to control the size and the surface density of silicon nanocrystals based on an argon-implantation preliminary surface treatment. Using 7.5 nm thin layers of silicon, we show that increasing the implantation dose tends to form smaller silicon nanocrystals with diameter and height lower than 50 nm and 30 nm, respectively. Concomitantly, the surface density is increased by a factor greater than 20, going from 5 μm‑2 to values over 100 μm‑2.

  11. Numerical Simulation of Upsetting a Cubic Sintered Iron Powder Compact

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    Wei XIA; Puqing CHEN; Zhaoyao ZHOU; Weibin ZHAO; Yuanyuan LI

    2003-01-01

    This paper establishes a mechanical model for sintered powder metal material and simulates the material behavior.Powder metal specimens were compacted, sintered and upset. Relative density and contour of the specimen were measured. The force displacement

  12. Evaluation of sintering effects on SiC-incorporated UO{sub 2} kernels under Ar and Ar–4%H{sub 2} environments

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    Silva, Chinthaka M., E-mail: silvagw@ornl.gov [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, Tennessee TN 37831-6223 (United States); Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 37996-2100, United States. (United States); Lindemer, Terrence B.; Hunt, Rodney D.; Collins, Jack L.; Terrani, Kurt A.; Snead, Lance L. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, Tennessee TN 37831-6223 (United States)

    2013-11-15

    Silicon carbide (SiC) is suggested as an oxygen getter in UO{sub 2} kernels used for tristructural isotropic (TRISO) particle fuels and to prevent kernel migration during irradiation. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry analyses performed on sintered kernels verified that an internal gelation process can be used to incorporate SiC in UO{sub 2} fuel kernels. Even though the presence of UC in either argon (Ar) or Ar–4%H{sub 2} sintered samples suggested a lowering of the SiC up to 3.5–1.4 mol%, respectively, the presence of other silicon-related chemical phases indicates the preservation of silicon in the kernels during sintering process. UC formation was presumed to occur by two reactions. The first was by the reaction of SiC with its protective SiO{sub 2} oxide layer on SiC grains to produce volatile SiO and free carbon that subsequently reacted with UO{sub 2} to form UC. The second process was direct UO{sub 2} reaction with SiC grains to form SiO, CO, and UC. A slightly higher density and UC content were observed in the sample sintered in Ar–4%H{sub 2}, but both atmospheres produced kernels with ∼95% of theoretical density. It is suggested that incorporating CO in the sintering gas could prevent UC formation and preserve the initial SiC content.

  13. Improvement in the transport critical current density and microstructure of isotopic Mg11B2 monofilament wires by optimizing the sintering temperature

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    Qiu, Wenbin; Jie, Hyunseock; Patel, Dipak; Lu, Yao; Luzin, Vladimir; Devred, Arnaud; Somer, Mehmet; Shahabuddin, Mohammed; Kim, Jung Ho; Ma, Zongqing; Dou, Shi Xue; Hossain, Md. Shahriar Al

    2016-11-01

    Superconducting wires are widely used in fabricating magnetic coils in fusion reactors. In consideration of the stability of 11B against neutron irradiation and lower induced radio-activation properties, MgB2 superconductor with 11B serving as boron source is an alternative candidate to be used in fusion reactor with severe irradiation environment. In present work, a batch of monofilament isotopic Mg11B2 wires with amorphous 11B powder as precursor were fabricated using powder-in-tube (PIT) process at different sintering temperature, and the evolution of their microstructure and corresponding superconducting properties was systemically investigated. Accordingly, the best transport critical current density (Jc) = 2 × 104 A/cm2 was obtained at 4.2 K and 5 T, which is even comparable to multi-filament Mg11B2 isotope wires reported in other work. Surprisingly, transport Jc vanished in our wire which was heat-treated at excessively high temperature (800 °C). Combined with microstructure observation, it was found that lots of big interconnected microcracks and voids that can isolate the MgB2 grains formed in this whole sample, resulting in significant deterioration in inter-grain connectivity. The results can be a constructive guide in fabricating Mg11B2 wires to be used as magnet coils in fusion reactor systems such as ITER-type tokamak magnet.

  14. Partitioning of hydrophobic organic contaminants between polymer and lipids for two silicones and low density polyethylene.

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    Smedes, Foppe; Rusina, Tatsiana P; Beeltje, Henry; Mayer, Philipp

    2017-08-11

    Polymers are increasingly used for passive sampling of neutral hydrophobic organic substances (HOC) in environmental media including water, air, soil, sediment and even biological tissue. The equilibrium concentration of HOC in the polymer can be measured and then converted into equilibrium concentrations in other (defined) media, which however requires appropriate polymer to media partition coefficients. We determined thus polymer-lipid partition coefficients (KPL) of various PCB, PAH and organochlorine pesticides by equilibration of two silicones and low density polyethylene (LDPE) with fish oil and Triolein at 4 °C and 20 °C. We observed (i) that KPL was largely independent of lipid type and temperature, (ii) that lipid diffusion rates in the polymers were higher compared to predictions based on their molecular volume, (iii) that silicones showed higher lipid diffusion and lower lipid sorption compared to LDPE and (iv) that absorbed lipid behaved like a co-solute and did not affect the partitioning of HOC at least for the smaller molecular size HOC. The obtained KPL can convert measured equilibrium concentrations in passive sampling polymers into equilibrium concentrations in lipid, which then can be used (1) for environmental quality monitoring and assessment, (2) for thermodynamic exposure assessment and (3) for assessing the linkage between passive sampling and the traditionally measured lipid-normalized concentrations in biota. LDPE-lipid partition coefficients may also be of use for a thermodynamically sound risk assessment of HOC contained in microplastics. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  15. Sintering of Ceramic Materials Under Electric Field

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    Naik , Kiran Suresh

    2014-01-01

    The remarkable discovery of flash sintering came across during the early work of Cologna et al. and emerged as an attractive technique in the field of ceramic processing. In this technique the applied electric field initiates the “flash” event, while the densification is controlled by the current density set. Sintering occurs in less than 5 s at a threshold temperature for a given applied field. The objective of this thesis is to analyse the phenomena of flash sintering with different cer...

  16. Diamond/SiC Composites Prepared by Diamond and Silicon Sintering%金刚石与硅烧结制备金刚石/碳化硅复合材料

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    徐世帅; 张旺玺; 梁宝岩

    2015-01-01

    采用硅粉和金刚石微粉为原料,在氩气保护的管式气氛炉中烧结制备得到金刚石/碳化硅(Dia-mond/SiC)陶瓷复合材料。结果表明:硅粉与金刚石的混合料,在1410℃进行气氛烧结后,物相图谱中并未有 SiC 的特征峰出现;烧结温度为1450℃时,在金刚石表面会有 SiC 物相生成,且随温度提高,金刚石/碳化硅(Diamond/SiC)陶瓷复合材料产物中碳化硅的含量也会相应增加。在硅粉与金刚石微粉的混合料中,添加适量的铝粉(7wt%),然后在1300℃、1350℃和1410℃氩气保护气氛条件下进行烧结,均有 SiC 物相生成;与未添加铝粉的混合料烧结产物相比,铝粉的添加促进碳化硅在低于硅熔点(1410℃)的气氛烧结下生成,且添加铝粉的混合料烧结产物中碳化硅含量普遍提高,在烧结温度为1410℃时,SiC 含量最高达55.7wt%,生成的碳化硅完整地包覆在金刚石表面。%Diamond/SiC ceramic composites has been synthesized by sintering silicon pow-der and diamond fine powder in SGQ protected by argon.Result shows that SiC phase will be formed on diamond surface at the temperature of 1450℃ and the content of SiC in the Diamond/SiC ceramic composite will increase accordingly as temperature increases. When right amount of aluminium powder (7wt%)has been added into the mixture of sili-con powder and diamond fine powder and sintered under the protection of argon at the temperatures of 1300℃,1350℃ and 1410℃,SiC phase will be formed.Compared to the sintering product by materials without aluminium powder,the application of aluminium powder promotes the generation of SiC below the silicon melting point(1410℃).Moreo-ver,the content of SiC in the sintering product with aluminium powder is generally in-creased.The content of SiC is up to 55.7wt% under the sintering temperature of 1410℃and the diamond is completely coated by the generated SiC.

  17. Synthesis of “in situ” reinforced silicon nitride composites

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    LJILJANA ZIVKOVIC

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to investigate the effect of two different sintering additives (CeO2 and Y2O3 + Al2O3, sintering time and amount of b-Si3N4 seeds on the densification, mechanical properties and microstructure of self-reinforced Si3N4 based composites obtained by pressureless sintering. Preparation of b-Si3N4 seeds, also obtained by a pressureless sintering procedure, is described. Samples without seeds were prepared for comparison. The results imply that self-reinforced silicon nitride based composites with densities close to the theoretical values and with fracture toughness of 9.3 MPa m1/2 can be obtained using a presureless sintering procedure.

  18. Ab initio density functional theory investigation of structural and electronic properties of silicon carbide nanotube bundles

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    Moradian, Rostam [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nano Science and Technology Research Center, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Nano Science, Computational Physical Science Research Laboratory, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), P.O. Box 19395-5531, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: moradian.rostam@gmail.com; Behzad, Somayeh; Chegel, Raad [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2008-10-01

    By using ab initio density functional theory the structural and electronic properties of isolated and bundled (8,0) and (6,6) silicon carbide nanotubes (SiCNTs) are investigated. Our results show that for such small diameter nanotubes the inter-tube interaction causes a very small radial deformation, while band splitting and reduction of the semiconducting energy band gap are significant. We compared the equilibrium interaction energy and inter-tube separation distance of (8,0) SiCNT bundle with (10,0) carbon nanotube (CNT) bundle where they have the same radius. We found that there is a larger inter-tube separation and weaker inter-tube interaction in the (8,0) SiCNT bundle with respect to (10,0) CNT bundle, although they have the same radius.

  19. Ab initio density functional theory investigation of Li-intercalated silicon carbide nanotube bundles

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    Moradian, Rostam [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nano Science and Technology Research Center, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Computational Physical Science Research Laboratory, Department of Nano Science, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), PO Box 19395-5531, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: moradian.rostam@gmail.com; Behzad, Somayeh; Chegel, Raad [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-06-15

    We present the results of ab initio density functional theory calculations on the energetic, and geometric and electronic structure of Li-intercalated (6,6) silicon carbide nanotube (SiCNT) bundles. Our results show that intercalation of lithium leads to the significant changes in the geometrical structure. The most prominent effect of Li intercalation on the electronic band structure is a shift of the Fermi energy which occurs as a result of charge transfer from lithium to the SiCNTs. All the Li-intercalated (6,6) SiCNT bundles are predicted to be metallic representing a substantial change in electronic properties relative to the undoped bundle, which is a wide band gap semiconductor. Both inside of the nanotube and the interstitial space are susceptible for intercalation. The present calculations suggest that the SiCNT bundle is a promising candidate for the anode material in battery applications.

  20. Vanadium-doped small silicon clusters: Photoelectron spectroscopy and density-functional calculations

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    Xu, Hong-Guang; Zhang, Zeng-Guang; Feng, Yuan; Yuan, Jinyun; Zhao, Yuchao; Zheng, Weijun

    2010-03-01

    Vanadium-doped small silicon clusters, VSin- and VSin- ( n = 3-6), have been studied by anion photoelectron spectroscopy. The vertical detachment energies (VDEs) and adiabatic detachment energies (ADEs) of these clusters were obtained from their photoelectron spectra. We have also conducted density-functional calculations of VSin- and VSin- clusters and determined their structures by comparison of theoretical calculations with experimental results. Our results show that two V atoms in VSin- clusters tend to form a strong V-V bond. VSi6- has D3d symmetry with the six Si atoms forming a chair like six-membered ring similar to the ring in cyclohexane and the two vanadium atoms are joined with a δ bond.

  1. Broadband enhancement of local density of states using silicon-compatible hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Wang, Yu; Inampudi, Sandeep; Capretti, Antonio [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Photonics Center, Boston University, 8 Saint Mary' s Street Boston, Massachusetts 02215 (United States); Sugimoto, Hiroshi [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Photonics Center, Boston University, 8 Saint Mary' s Street Boston, Massachusetts 02215 (United States); Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan); Fujii, Minoru [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan); Dal Negro, Luca, E-mail: dalnegro@bu.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Photonics Center, Boston University, 8 Saint Mary' s Street Boston, Massachusetts 02215 (United States); Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, 15 Saint Mary' s Street, Brookline, Massachusetts 02446 (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Light emitting silicon quantum dots by colloidal synthesis were uniformly spin-coated into a 20 nm-thick film and deposited atop a hyperbolic metamaterial of alternating TiN and SiO{sub 2} sub-wavelength layers. Using steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy as a function of the emission wavelength in partnership with rigorous electromagnetic modeling of dipolar emission, we demonstrate enhanced Local Density of States and coupling to high-k modes in a broad spectral range. These findings provide an alternative approach for the engineering of novel Si-compatible broadband sources that leverage the control of radiative transitions in hyperbolic metamaterials and the flexibility of the widespread Si platform.

  2. Ultra-high cell-density silicon photomultipliers with high detection efficiency

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    Acerbi, Fabio; Gola, Alberto; Regazzoni, Veronica; Paternoster, Giovanni; Borghi, Giacomo; Piemonte, Claudio; Zorzi, Nicola

    2017-05-01

    Silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) are arrays of many single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs), all connected in parallel. Each SPAD is sensitive to single photons and the SiPM gives an output proportional to the number of detected photons. These sensors are becoming more and more popular in different applications, from high-energy physics to spectroscopy, and they have been significantly improved over last years, decreasing the noise, increasing the cell fill-factor (FF) and thus achieving very high photon-detection efficiency (PDE). In FBK (Trento, Italy), we developed new SiPM technologies with high-density (HD) and, more recently, ultra-high-density (UHD) of cells (i.e. density of SPADs). These technologies employ deep-trenches between cells, for electrical and optical isolation. As an extreme case the smallest-cell, SiPM, i.e. with 5μm cell pitch, has about 40000 SPADs per squared millimeter. Such small SPAD dimensions gives a significantly high dynamic range to the SiPM. These small-cells SiPM have a lower correlated noise (including lower afterpulsing probability) and a faster recharge time (in the order of few nanoseconds), and they also preserve a very good detection efficiency (despite the small SPAD dimension).

  3. Responsivity Dependent Anodization Current Density of Nanoporous Silicon Based MSM Photodetector

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    Batool Eneaze B. Al-Jumaili

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Achieving a cheap and ultrafast metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM photodetector (PD for very high-speed communications is ever-demanding. We report the influence of anodization current density variation on the response of nanoporous silicon (NPSi based MSM PD with platinum (Pt contact electrodes. Such NPSi samples are grown from n-type Si (100 wafer using photoelectrochemical etching with three different anodization current densities. FESEM images of as-prepared samples revealed the existence of discrete pores with spherical and square-like shapes. XRD pattern displayed the growth of nanocrystals with (311 lattice orientation. The nanocrystallite sizes obtained using Scherrer formula are found to be between 20.8 nm and 28.6 nm. The observed rectifying behavior in the I-V characteristics is ascribed to the Pt/PSi/n-Si Schottky barrier formation, where the barrier height at the Pt/PSi interface is estimated to be 0.69 eV. Furthermore, this Pt/PSi/Pt MSM PD achieved maximum responsivity of 0.17 A/W and quantum efficiency as much as 39.3%. The photoresponse of this NPSi based MSM PD demonstrated excellent repeatability, fast response, and enhanced saturation current with increasing anodization current density.

  4. Oxygen-promoted catalyst sintering influences number density, alignment, and wall number of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes

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    Shi, Wenbo; Li, Jinjing; Polsen, Erik S.; Oliver, C. Ryan; Zhao, Yikun; Meshot, Eric R.; Barclay, Michael; Fairbrother, D. Howard; Hart, A. John; Plata, Desiree L.

    2017-01-01

    A lack of synthetic control and reproducibility during vertically aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis has stifled many promising applications of organic nanomaterials. Oxygen-containing species are particularly precarious in that they have both beneficial and deleterious effects and are notoriously difficult to control. Here, we demonstrated diatomic oxygen's ability, independent of water, to tune oxide-supported catalyst thin film dewetting and influence nanoscale (diameter and wall number) and macro-scale (alignment and density) properties for as-grown vertically aligned CNTs. In particular, single- or few-walled CNT forests were achieved at very low oxygen loading, with single-to-multi-walled CNT diameters ranging from 4.8 ± 1.3 nm to 6.4 ± 1.1 nm over 0–800 ppm O2, and an expected variation in alignment, where both were related to the annealed catalyst morphology. Morphological differences were not the result of subsurface diffusion, but instead occurred via Ostwald ripening under several hundred ppm O2, and this effect was mitigated by high H2 concentrations and not due to water vapor (as confirmed in O2-free water addition experiments), supporting the importance of O2 specifically. Further characterization of the interface between the Fe catalyst and Al2O3 support revealed that either oxygen-deficit metal oxide or oxygen-adsorption on metals could be functional mechanisms for the observed catalyst nanoparticle evolution. Taken as a whole, our results suggest that the impacts of O2 and H2 on the catalyst evolution have been underappreciated and underleveraged in CNT synthesis, and these could present a route toward facile manipulation of CNT forest morphology through control of the reactive gaseous atmosphere alone.

  5. Spatially resolved determination of the short-circuit current density of silicon solar cells via lock-in thermography

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    Fertig, Fabian, E-mail: fabian.fertig@ise.fraunhofer.de; Greulich, Johannes; Rein, Stefan [Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Heidenhofstr. 2, D-79110 Freiburg (Germany)

    2014-05-19

    We present a spatially resolved method to determine the short-circuit current density of crystalline silicon solar cells by means of lock-in thermography. The method utilizes the property of crystalline silicon solar cells that the short-circuit current does not differ significantly from the illuminated current under moderate reverse bias. Since lock-in thermography images locally dissipated power density, this information is exploited to extract values of spatially resolved current density under short-circuit conditions. In order to obtain an accurate result, one or two illuminated lock-in thermography images and one dark lock-in thermography image need to be recorded. The method can be simplified in a way that only one image is required to generate a meaningful short-circuit current density map. The proposed method is theoretically motivated, and experimentally validated for monochromatic illumination in comparison to the reference method of light-beam induced current.

  6. Reaction Sintering of Boron Carbide/silicon Carbide Green Body and Sintered Body Performance Test and Analysis%反应烧结碳化硼/碳化硅坯体和烧结体的性能测试及分析

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    尹茜; 张玉军; 于庆华

    2013-01-01

    With polyvinyl pyrrolidone as boron carbide and carbon black dispersant; Four methylammonium hydroxide as silicon carbide dispersion agent,respectively with acrylamide,N,N'-methylene diacrylamide and a crosslinking agent,the gel casting process for preparation of boron carbide/carbide body,after high temperature sintering,preparation of boron carbide/silicon carbide sintered body specimen.The results show that:the green body bending strength with solid content increases,when the solid content is 55vo1% strength reaches 24.3 MPa.To some extent,fracture toughness can be improved increasing with the content of B4C.When the content of B4C is 10wt%,the maximum fracture toughness of composite is 5.07 MPa · m1/2 The hardness of sintered bodies increases with the increasing of B4C content.The hardness is as high as 94.5 HRA when the content of B4C is 20wt%.%以聚乙烯吡咯烷酮作碳化硼和炭黑分散剂;四甲基氢氧化铵作碳化硅分散剂,分别以丙烯酰胺、N,N'-亚甲基双丙烯酰胺为单体和交联剂,采用凝胶注模工艺制备碳化硼/碳化硅坯体,再经过高温烧结,制备碳化硼/碳化硅烧结体试样.通过对凝胶注模成型反应烧结碳化硼/碳化硅坯体及烧结试样的性能研究表明:坯体的弯曲强度随着固含量的增加而增大,当固含量为55vol%时强度达到24.3 MPa.烧结体的断裂韧性随碳化硼含量的增加先提高后降低.最佳碳化硼含量为10wt%,此时断裂韧性可达到最大值5.07 MPa·m1/2.烧结体的硬度随着碳化硼含量的增加而增加,当碳化硼含量达20wt%时,硬度达到94.5HRA.

  7. Influence of Pressure in Flash Sintering Technique

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    Pcheliakov, D. A.; Yurlova, M. S.; Grigoryev, E. G.; Olevsky, E. A.

    An innovative pressure-assisted flash-sintering technique has been developed to investigate the effect of pressure applied on microstructure and the sintering behavior of titanium dioxide. There are numerous applications for titanium dioxide in ceramics including microeletronics, glass ceramics, refractive materials, structural ceramics and titanium-containing ceramic materials and chemical intermediates. The traditional sintering of titanium dioxide usually requires several hours at over 1200 °C. The conducted research indicates that titanium dioxide can be sintered to full density in only a few seconds at 800-1000 °C, when subjected to a DC electrical field at a certain temperature moment.

  8. The master sintering curve for pressure-less sintering of TiO2

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    Li D.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A Master Sintering Curve (MSC for rutile TiO2 was constructed for Pressure-less sintering using constant heating rate dilatometry data based on the combined-stage sintering model. Construction of the master sintering curve is described and the validation is proved with rutile TiO2 under different thermal histories. The concept of master sintering can be used to predict the sintering shrinkage and final density and calculate the activation energy, and a value of 105 KJ/mol for TiO2 was obtained. With one temperature dependent parameter determined experimentally, it became possible to describe accurately the densification behavior of TiO2 from the initial to final stages of sintering. .

  9. Hydrogen, oxygen and hydroxyl on porous silicon surface: A joint density-functional perturbation theory and infrared spectroscopy approach

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    Alfaro, Pedro; Palavicini, Alessio; Wang, Chumin, E-mail: chumin@unam.mx

    2014-11-28

    Based on the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT), infrared absorption spectra of porous silicon are calculated by using an ordered pore model, in which columns of silicon atoms are removed along the [001] direction and dangling bonds are initially saturated with hydrogen atoms. When these atoms on the pore surface are gradually replaced by oxygen ones, the ab-initio infrared absorption spectra reveal oxygen, hydroxyl, and coupled hydrogen–oxygen vibrational modes. In a parallel way, freestanding porous silicon samples were prepared by using electrochemical etching and they were further thermally oxidized in a dry oxygen ambient. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to investigate the surface modifications caused by oxygen adsorption. In particular, the predicted hydroxyl and oxygen bound to the silicon pore surface are confirmed. Finally, a global analysis of measured transmittance spectra has been performed by means of a combined DFPT and thin-film optics approach. - Highlights: • The density functional perturbation theory is used to study infrared absorption. • An ordered pore model is used to investigate the oxidation in porous silicon (PSi). • Infrared transmittance spectra of oxidized PSi freestanding samples are measured.

  10. Effects of Aqueous Vapour Consistence in Nitriding Furnace on the Quality of the Sintered Nitride

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    WANGZijiang

    1998-01-01

    If the aqueous vapour consistence is too high(>0.7%),it is very disadvantageous to the sintered products in the nitriding furnace,when silcon nitride bonded silicon carbide products are synthesized by nitridation of silicon.

  11. Dilatometric studies of (SiO2-RE2O3-Al2O3 silicon carbide ceramics

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    Juliana Marchi

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Silicon carbide is an important structural ceramic and finds applications as abrasives, as a refractory and in automotive engine components. This material can attain high densities during liquid phase sintering if suitable additives are used. Silicon carbides containing silica, alumina and rare earth oxides have suitable characteristics to promote liquid phase sintering. In this paper, the sintering behavior of silicon carbide ceramics with additives based on the (SiO2-RE2O3-Al2O3 system (RE = Y, Dy has been studied. Samples with different compositions and containing 90 vol.% SiC were sintered in a dilatometer at 1950 °C/1h and in a graphite resistance furnace from 1500 °C/1h up to 1950 °C/1h. The shrinkage behavior as a function of rare earth oxide used and additive composition was also studied. The sintered materials were characterized by density and weight loss measurements. The crystalline phases were identified by X-ray diffraction analysis. The sintering kinetics of these materials can be related to the formation of secondary crystalline phases.

  12. High magnetostriction parameters for low-temperature sintered cobalt ferrite obtained by two-stage sintering

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    Khaja Mohaideen, K.; Joy, P.A., E-mail: pa.joy@ncl.res.in

    2014-12-15

    From the studies on the magnetostriction characteristics of two-stage sintered polycrystalline CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} made from nanocrystalline powders, it is found that two-stage sintering at low temperatures is very effective for enhancing the density and for attaining higher magnetostriction coefficient. Magnetostriction coefficient and strain derivative are further enhanced by magnetic field annealing and relatively larger enhancement in the magnetostriction parameters is obtained for the samples sintered at lower temperatures, after magnetic annealing, despite the fact that samples sintered at higher temperatures show larger magnetostriction coefficients before annealing. A high magnetostriction coefficient of ∼380 ppm is obtained after field annealing for the sample sintered at 1100 °C, below a magnetic field of 400 kA/m, which is the highest value so far reported at low magnetic fields for sintered polycrystalline cobalt ferrite. - Highlights: • Effect of two-stage sintering on the magnetostriction characteristics of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} is studied. • Two-stage sintering is very effective for enhancing the density and the magnetostriction parameters. • Higher magnetostriction for samples sintered at low temperatures and after magnetic field annealing. • Highest reported magnetostriction of 380 ppm at low fields after two-stage, low-temperature sintering.

  13. Ceramic Sintering

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    1974-10-01

    Prepared for: Office of Naval Research Advanced Research Projects Agency October 1974 DISTRIBUTED BY: National Technical InformatiM Service U. S... Cristobalite . This was also the crystalline form of the oxide on the powder on which the samples lay. Figure 5 showj oxidation data obtained at 1550oC...diameter were prepared by firing isostatically pressed silicon carbide powder containing boron and carbon for h hour at 2100oC in an argon-nitrogen

  14. Sintering process and grain growth of Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticles

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    WANG Xin; CUI Yinfang; WANG Yongming; HAO Shunli; LIU Chunjing

    2006-01-01

    The density, microstructure and magnetic properties of non-doped Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticles sintered compacts were investigated. The compacts of non-doped Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticles were sintered by segmented-sintering process at lower sintering temperature. The density of sintered samples was measured by Archimedes method, and the phase composition and microstructure were examined by XRD and SEM. The sintered Mn-Zn ferrite magnetic measurements were carried out with Vibrating Sample. The results show that the density of sintered compacts increases with the rising of sintering temperature, achieving 4.8245 g·cm-3 when sintered at 900 ℃, which is the optimal density of Mn-Zn functional ferrite needed and from the fractured surface of sintered samples, it can be seen that the grain grows well with small grain size and homogeneous distribution.

  15. Extended density-matrix model applied to silicon-based terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Dinh, T. V.; Valavanis, A.; Lever, L. J. M.; Ikonić, Z.; Kelsall, R. W.

    2012-06-01

    Silicon-based terahertz quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) offer potential advantages over existing III-V devices. Although coherent electron transport effects are known to be important in QCLs, they have never been considered in Si-based device designs. We describe a density-matrix transport model that is designed to be more general than those in previous studies and to require less a priori knowledge of electronic band structure, allowing its use in semiautomated design procedures. The basis of the model includes all states involved in interperiod transport, and our steady-state solution extends beyond the rotating-wave approximation by including dc and counterpropagating terms. We simulate the potential performance of bound-to-continuum Ge/SiGe QCLs and find that devices with 4-5-nm-thick barriers give the highest simulated optical gain. We also examine the effects of interdiffusion between Ge and SiGe layers; we show that if it is taken into account in the design, interdiffusion lengths of up to 1.5 nm do not significantly affect the simulated device performance.

  16. Adsorption of rare-earth atoms onl silicon carbide nanotube: a density-functional study

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    An, Zhiwei; Shen, Jiang

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, we investigate the adsorption of a series of rare-earth (RE) metal atoms (La, Pr, Nd, Sm and Eu) on the pristine zigzag (8, 0) silicon carbide nanotube (SiCNT) using density functional theory (DFT). Main focuses are placed on the stable adsorption sites, the corresponding binding energies, and the modified electronic properties of the SiC nanotubes due to the adsorbates. A single RE atom prefers to adsorb strongly at the hollow site with relatively high binding energy (larger than 1.0 eV). Due to the rolling effect of single-walled SiCNTs, the inside configurations are more stable than the outside ones. For RE-adsorbed systems, the adsorption of metal atoms induces certain impurity states within the band gap of the pristine SiCNT. Furthermore, we analyze there exists hybridizations between RE-5d, 6s, C-2p and Si-3p orbitals for the RE atom adsorption on the SiCNTs.

  17. Growth of High-Density Zinc Oxide Nanorods on Porous Silicon by Thermal Evaporation

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    Nurul Izni Rusli

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The formation of high-density zinc oxide (ZnO nanorods on porous silicon (PS substrates at growth temperatures of 600–1000 °C by a simple thermal evaporation of zinc (Zn powder in the presence of oxygen (O2 gas was systematically investigated. The high-density growth of ZnO nanorods with (0002 orientation over a large area was attributed to the rough surface of PS, which provides appropriate planes to promote deposition of Zn or ZnOx seeds as nucleation sites for the subsequent growth of ZnO nanorods. The geometrical morphologies of ZnO nanorods are determined by the ZnOx seed structures, i.e., cluster or layer structures. The flower-like hexagonal-faceted ZnO nanorods grown at 600 °C seem to be generated from the sparsely distributed ZnOx nanoclusters. Vertically aligned hexagonal-faceted ZnO nanorods grown at 800 °C may be inferred from the formation of dense arrays of ZnOx clusters. The formation of disordered ZnO nanorods formed at 1000 °C may due to the formation of a ZnOx seed layer. The growth mechanism involved has been described by a combination of self-catalyzed vapor-liquid-solid (VLS and vapor-solid (VS mechanism. The results suggest that for a more precise study on the growth of ZnO nanostructures involving the introduction of seeds, the initial seed structures must be taken into account given their significant effects.

  18. Sintering studies on iron-carbon-copper compacts

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    Perianayagam Philomen-D-Anand Raj

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Sintered Iron-Carbon-Copper parts are among the most widely used powder metallurgy product in automobile. In this paper, studies have been carried out to find out the sintering characteristics of iron-carbon-copper compacts when sintered in nitrogen atmosphere. The effects of various processing parameters on the sintering characteristics were studied. The various processing parameters considered were compaction pressure, green density and sintering temperature. The sintering characteristics determined were sintered density, porosity, dimensional change, micro hardness and radial crush strength. The results obtained have been discussed on the basis of micro structural observations. The characteristics of SEM fractography were also used to determine the mechanism of fracture. The fracture energy is strongly dependent on density of the compact.

  19. Investigation on pore structure and small-scale agglomeration behaviour in liquid phase sintered SiC using small angle neutron scattering

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    D Sen; J Bahadur; S Mazumder; T Mahata; M Syambabu; P K Sinha

    2008-11-01

    Mesoscopic density fluctuations in liquid phase sintered silicon carbide have been investigated using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The increase in the additives results in the modification in the pore size distribution and to some extent the total porosity. SANS revealed a mass fractal nature of the agglomerated matrix microstructure. The fractal dimension of the matrix does not change appreciably with the additives although the upper cut-off value of the fractal decreases significantly with the increase in the additives. The liquid phase sintering due to the presence of additives helps to achieve higher level of densification. However, the agglomeration hinders achievement of the fully dense pellets.

  20. Effect of sintering parameters on warm compacted iron-based material

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    李元元; 肖志瑜; 倪东惠; 夏伟; 陈维平

    2003-01-01

    Iron-based powder metallurgy material was prepared by warm compaction at 125℃ using a compacting pressure of 700 Mpa.Sintering temperature ranging from 1100℃ to 1300℃ and sintering time ranging from 40min to 80 min were used to study the effects of sintering parameters on the compacts.Die wall lubrication polytetrafluoroethylene(PTFE)emulsion was also applied in combination with warm compaction in hope to increase the compact density and the mechanical properties of the sintered material.Green and sintered density,spring back effect and sinter shrinkage were measured.Mechanical properties of both as-sinter and heat treated samples were also measured.Results show that mechanical properties of the sintered compacts increase with the increase of sintering temperature and sintering time.Sample prepared by die wall lubricated warm compaction always shows higher density and mechanical properties.

  1. Rapid sintering of anisotropic, nanograined Nd-Fe-B by flash-spark plasma sintering

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    Castle, Elinor; Sheridan, Richard; Grasso, Salvatore; Walton, Allan; Reece, Mike

    2016-11-01

    A Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) furnace was used to Flash-Sinter (FS) Nd-Fe-Dy-Co-B-Ga melt spun permanent magnetic material. During the 10 s "Flash" process (heating rate 2660 K min-1), sample sintering (to theoretical density) and deformation (54% height reduction) occurred. This produced texturing and significant magnetic anisotropy, comparable to conventional die-upset magnets; yet with much greater coercivities (>1600 kA m-1) due to the nanoscale characteristics of the plate-like sintered grains. These preliminary results suggest that Flash-SPS could provide a new processing route for the mass production of highly anisotropic, nanocrystalline magnetic materials with high coercivity.

  2. Structural, electronic, and vibrational properties of high-density amorphous silicon: a first-principles molecular-dynamics study.

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    Morishita, Tetsuya

    2009-05-21

    We report a first-principles study of the structural, electronic, and dynamical properties of high-density amorphous (HDA) silicon, which was found to be formed by pressurizing low-density amorphous (LDA) silicon (a normal amorphous Si) [T. Morishita, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 055503 (2004); P. F. McMillan, M. Wilson, D. Daisenberger, and D. Machon, Nature Mater. 4, 680 (2005)]. Striking structural differences between HDA and LDA are revealed. The LDA structure holds a tetrahedral network, while the HDA structure contains a highly distorted tetrahedral network. The fifth neighboring atom in HDA tends to be located at an interstitial position of a distorted tetrahedron composed of the first four neighboring atoms. Consequently, the coordination number of HDA is calculated to be approximately 5 unlike that of LDA. The electronic density of state (EDOS) shows that HDA is metallic, which is consistent with a recent experimental measurement of the electronic resistance of HDA Si. We find from local EDOS that highly distorted tetrahedral configurations enhance the metallic nature of HDA. The vibrational density of state (VDOS) also reflects the structural differences between HDA and LDA. Some of the characteristic vibrational modes of LDA are dematerialized in HDA, indicating the degradation of covalent bonds. The overall profile of the VDOS for HDA is found to be an intermediate between that for LDA and liquid Si under pressure (high-density liquid Si).

  3. Electronic and Optical Properties of Small Hydrogenated Silicon Quantum Dots Using Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory

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    Muhammad Mus-’ab Anas

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a systematic study of the absorption spectrum of various sizes of small hydrogenated silicon quantum dots of quasi-spherical symmetry using the time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT. In this study, real-time and real-space implementation of TDDFT involving full propagation of the time-dependent Kohn-Sham equations were used. The experimental results for SiH4 and Si5H12 showed good agreement with other earlier calculations and experimental data. Then these calculations were extended to study larger hydrogenated silicon quantum dots with diameter up to 1.6 nm. It was found that, for small quantum dots, the absorption spectrum is atomic-like while, for relatively larger (1.6 nm structure, it shows bulk-like behavior with continuous plateau with noticeable peak. This paper also studied the absorption coefficient of silicon quantum dots as a function of their size. Precisely, the dependence of dot size on the absorption threshold is elucidated. It was found that the silicon quantum dots exhibit direct transition of electron from HOMO to LUMO states; hence this theoretical contribution can be very valuable in discerning the microscopic processes for the future realization of optoelectronic devices.

  4. Impact-resistant silicon-carbide-based ceramic materials

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    Perevislov, S. N.; Bespalov, I. A.

    2017-08-01

    The bullet resistance is determined by an indirect method, by evaluation of time of delay of penetration by bullet of the silicon-carbide-based ceramics obtained by reactive sintering, liquid-phase sintering, and hot pressing.

  5. Improving NASICON Sinterability through Crystallization under High Frequency Electrical Fields

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    Ilya eLisenker

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The effect of high frequency (HF electric fields on the crystallization and sintering rates of a lithium aluminum germanium phosphate (LAGP ion conducting ceramic was investigated. LAGP with the nominal composition Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO43 was crystallized and sintered, both conventionally and under effect of electrical field. Electrical field application, of 300V/cm at 1MHz, produced up to a 40% improvement in sintering rate of LAGP that was crystallized and sintered under the HF field. Heat sink effect of the electrodes appears to arrest thermal runaway and subsequent flash behavior. Sintered pellets were characterized using XRD, SEM, TEM and EIS to compare conventionally and field sintered processes. The as-sintered structure appears largely unaffected by the field as the sintering curves tend to converge beyond initial stages of sintering. Differences in densities and microstructure after 1 hour of sintering were minor with measured sintering strains of 31% vs. 26% with and without field, respectively . Ionic conductivity of the sintered pellets was evaluated and no deterioration due to the use of HF field was noted, though capacitance of grain boundaries due to secondary phases was significantly increased.

  6. Sintering of B{sub 4}C by pressureless liquid phase sintering

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    Rocha, Rosa Maria da; Melo, Francisco Cristovao Lourenco de, E-mail: rosarocha@iae.cta.br, E-mail: frapi@iae.cta.br [Instituto de Aeronautica e Espaco (IAE/CTA/IAE), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Comando-Geral de Tecnologia Aeroespacial. Divisao de Materiais

    2009-07-01

    The effect of three different sintering additive systems on densification of boron carbide powder was investigated. The sintering additives were Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, AlN:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and BN:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} compositions. Powder mixtures were prepared with 10 vol% of sintering aids following conventional powder technology processes. Samples were sintered by pressureless sintering at 2050 deg C/30min in argon atmosphere. Sintered samples were compared to a sintered B{sub 4}C without sintering additive. Samples were characterized by XRD to analyze the crystalline phases after sintering and SEM to observe the microstructure and the second phase distribution. YB{sub 4} and YB{sub 2}C{sub 2} were identified in all samples, indicating a reaction between Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, B{sub 4}C and B{sub 2}O{sub 3} present at the B{sub 4}C particle surface. The best densification result was achieved with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} additive system, showing 92.0 % of theoretical density, low porosity and 15.2 % of linear shrinkage. But this sample showed the highest weight loss. (author)

  7. SILICON MICRO-TRENCH ETCHING USING HIGH-DENSITY PLASMA ETCHER

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    T.T. Sun; Z.G. Liu; H.C. Yu; M.B. Chen; J.M. Miao

    2005-01-01

    Dry etching of silicon is an essential process step for the fabrication of Microelectromechancal system (MEMS) The AZ7220 positive photo-resist was used as the etching mask and silicon micro-trenches were fabricated with a multiplexed inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etcher.The influence of resist pattern profile, and etch condition on sidewall roughness were investigated detail. The results show that the sidewall roughness of micro-trench depends on profiles of photo-resist pattern, the initial interface between the resist bottom surface and silicon surface heavily. The relationship between roughness and process optimization parameters are presented in the paper. The roughness of the sidewall has been decreased to a 20-50nm with this experiment.

  8. High-density G-centers, light-emitting point defects in silicon crystal

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    Koichi Murata

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available We propose a new method of creating light-emitting point defects, or G-centers, by modifying a silicon surface with hexamethyldisilazane followed by laser annealing of the surface region. This laser annealing process has two advantages: creation of highly dense G-centers by incorporating carbon atoms into the silicon during heating; freezing in the created G-centers during rapid cooling. The method provides a surface region of up to 200 nm with highly dense carbon atoms of up to 4 × 1019 cm−3 to create G-centers, above the solubility limit of carbon atoms in silicon crystal (3 × 1017 cm−3. Photoluminescence measurement reveals that the higher-speed laser annealing produces stronger G-center luminescence. We demonstrate electrically-driven emission from the G-centers in samples made using our new method.

  9. Sintering activation of 316L powder using a liquid phase forming powder

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    Nattaya Tosangthum

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available It was found that the addition of a liquid forming powder (up to 6 wt.% of a gas-atomized tin powder to 316L powdercould activate the sintering process. Sintering activation could be observed by an increase of the sintered density and selected mechanical properties. When optimized tin powder content was used, shorter sintering time and lower sintering temperaturecould produce sintered 316L+tin materials with excellent mechanical properties. Electron dispersive spectroscopy analyses across 316L-tin-316L grains indicated that Ni transportation during the sintering process was enhanced by the presence of liquid tin.

  10. Preparation and evaluation of silicon nitride matrices for silicon nitride-SiC fiber composites. M.S. Thesis Final Technical Report

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    Axelson, Scott R.

    1988-01-01

    Continuous silicon carbide (SiC) fiber was added to three types of silicon nitride (Si3N4) matrices. Efforts were aimed at producing a dense Si3N4 matrix from reaction-bonded silicon nitride (RBSN) by hot-isostatic-pressing (HIP) and pressureless sintering, and from Si3N4 powder by hot-pressing. The sintering additives utilized were chosen to allow for densification, while not causing severe degradation of the fiber. The ceramic microstructures were evaluated using scanning optical microscopy. Vickers indentation was used to determine the microhardness and fracture toughness values of the matrices. The RBSN matrices in this study did not reach more than 80 percent of theoretical density after sintering at various temperatures, pressures, and additive levels. Hot-pressing Si3N4 powder produced the highest density matrices; hardness and toughness values were within an order of magnitude of the best literature values. The best sintering aid composition chosen included Y2O3, SiO2, and Al2O3 or AlN. Photomicrographs demonstrate a significant reduction of fiber attack by this additive composition.

  11. Mechanical properties of microwave sintered Si3N4-based ceramics

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    Getman O.I.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical properties and microstructure formation processes in Si3N4+3% AI2O3+5% Y2O3(Yb2O3 ceramic compacts sintered under microwave heating (MWH and under traditional heating (TH were investigated. The initial ceramic materials were powder blends of silicon nitride with oxides. The mean powder particle sizes were 0.5-1.0 mim. The content of alfa-phase in the Si3N4 powder was more than 95 %. The samples were sintered at 1800BC in nitrogen at normal pressure, the heating rate in all experiments was 60BC/min. The Vickers hardness (HV, fracture toughness (K1C and bending strength (on were determined. The microstructures of fracture surfaces of samples were studied by SEM. Quantitative microstructure analysis was carried out. It was shown that the values of HV and Kic of ceramic samples sintered under MWH at 1800BC rose steadily with the sintering time. This caused an increase in density, which reached maximum as fast as after 30 min of the MWH sintering; the mass loss at that time amounted to 3-4 %. The porosity of sintered samples with an addition of yttria was less than 1 %, that of ytterbia was greater, 2.4 %. For similar values of relative density, the hardness and fracture toughness of ceramic samples produced under MWH were higher as compared with those of samples sintered under TH. The microstructure of samples had the form of elongated grains in a matrix of polyhedral grains of the beta-Si3N4 phase. Measurements showed the mean size of grains in samples produced by MWH to be greater that in samples produced by TH. A larger number of elongated grains were formed. It was concluded that for sintering under MWH of Si3N4-based ceramics the growth of elongated beta-Si3N4 grains and formation of a "reinforced" microstructure were promoted and thereby improved the mechanical properties of such ceramics.

  12. First-principle study of quantum confinement effect on small sized silicon quantum dots using density-functional theory

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    Anas, M. M.; Othman, A. P.; Gopir, G. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600, Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2014-09-03

    Density functional theory (DFT), as a first-principle approach has successfully been implemented to study nanoscale material. Here, DFT by numerical basis-set was used to study the quantum confinement effect as well as electronic properties of silicon quantum dots (Si-QDs) in ground state condition. Selection of quantum dot models were studied intensively before choosing the right structure for simulation. Next, the computational result were used to examine and deduce the electronic properties and its density of state (DOS) for 14 spherical Si-QDs ranging in size up to ∼ 2 nm in diameter. The energy gap was also deduced from the HOMO-LUMO results. The atomistic model of each silicon QDs was constructed by repeating its crystal unit cell of face-centered cubic (FCC) structure, and reconstructed until the spherical shape obtained. The core structure shows tetrahedral (T{sub d}) symmetry structure. It was found that the model need to be passivated, and hence it was noticed that the confinement effect was more pronounced. The model was optimized using Quasi-Newton method for each size of Si-QDs to get relaxed structure before it was simulated. In this model the exchange-correlation potential (V{sub xc}) of the electrons was treated by Local Density Approximation (LDA) functional and Perdew-Zunger (PZ) functional.

  13. Spark plasma sintering of hydrothermally synthesized bismuth ferrite

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    Zorica Branković

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth ferrite, BiFeO3 (BFO, powder was synthesized by hydrothermal method from Bi(NO33·5 H2O and Fe(NO33·9 H2O as precursors. The synthesized powder was further sintered using spark plasma sintering (SPS. The sintering conditions were optimized in order to achieve high density, minimal amount of secondary phases and improved ferroelectric and magnetic properties. The optimal structure and properties were achieved after spark plasma sintering at 630 °C for 20 min, under uniaxial pressure of 90 MPa. The composition, microstructure, ferroelectric and magnetic properties of the SPS samples were characterized and compared to those of conventionally sintered ceramics obtained from the same powder. Although the samples sintered using conventional method showed slightly lower amount of secondary phases, the spark plasma sintered samples exhibited favourable microstructure and better ferroelectric properties.

  14. A study of the method of making dental prosthetic appliances by sintered titanium alloys: effect of copper powder content on properties of sintered titanium alloy.

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    Oda, Y; Nakanishi, K; Sumii, T

    1990-02-01

    The effects of added copper powder to the properties of the sintered titanium alloys were investigated by measuring the compressive strength and densities of the green and sintered compacts, the thermal expansion curves and dimensional changes in the sintered compacts, and the accuracy of the crown-type restorations. The compressive strengths of green compacts ranged from 55 to 75 MPa. The expansion of green compacts increased with increased copper content. The sintered density was lower than the green density. The compressive yield strength of sintered compacts ranged from 260 MPa to 410 MPa. The sintered compacts expanded from 0.35% to 1.03% and the expansion increased with increased copper content. The dimensional accuracy of crown-type restorations showed the same dimensional change tendencies as did the sintered compacts. These results showed that the fit and the strength of sintered titanium alloy restorations could be improved.

  15. Characterization and modeling of atomic layer deposited high-density trench capacitors in silicon

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    Matters-Kammerer, M.K.; Jinesh, K.B.; Rijks, T.G.S.M.; Roozeboom, F.; Klootwijk, J.H.

    2012-01-01

    A detailed electrical analysis of multiple layer trench capacitors fabricated in silicon with atomic-layer-deposited Al 2O 3 and TiN is presented. It is shown that in situ ozone annealing of the Al 2O 3 layers prior to the TiN electrode deposition significantly improves the electric properties of th

  16. Effect of the fused quartz particle density on nucleation and grain control of high-performance multicrystalline silicon ingots

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    Ding, Junjing; Yu, Yunyang; Chen, Wenliang; Zhou, Xucheng; Wu, Zhiyong; Zhong, Genxiang; Huang, Xinming

    2016-11-01

    The nucleation process of high-performance multicrystalline silicon (HP mc-Si) growth seeded by fused quartz particles (FQP) through directional solidification is crucial for the ingot quality. To determine the optimal density of FQP and obtain a better nucleation process and the grain growth, we cast ingots using four different densities of FQP fixed on the bottom of the four quartz crucibles and covered them with a certain thickness of Si3N4 coating. FQP sizes of 30-50 mesh were used, and the influence of the fused quartz particle density on the nucleation mechanism, initial grain uniformity, grain size, density of dislocation clusters, and cell efficiency were analyzed. Compared with the ingots seeded with other three densities of FQP, the 220 particles/cm2 of FQP seeded ingot showed better uniformity of nucleation and initial grains. A large number of small uniform Si grains with lower density of dislocation clusters in the bottom of the ingot were observed. The average conversion efficiency of p-type solar cells manufactured with the 220 particles/cm2 seeded ingot (18.28%) was 0.19% higher than that manufactured with the 120 particles/cm2 seeded ingot (18.09%).

  17. Structure and Magnetic Properties of Sm2Fe17Nx Sintering Magnets Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    2006-01-01

    Bulk Sm2Fe17Nx sintering magnet was fabricated by spark plasma sintering(SPS) technique. The effects of sintering pressure and sintering temperature on the magnetic properties of the Sm2Fe17Nx magnet were investigated. As a result, the density of the magnet is obviously improved with the increase of sintering pressure, but the coercivity drops since Sm2Fe17Nx has decomposed into SmN, α-Fe and N2. When sintering temperature was only above 200 ℃ under 1 GPa sintering pressure, the coercivity even begins to decrease, which indicates that high pressure promotes the decomposition of the Sm2Fe17Nx at lower temperature. The decomposition is also proved by the decrease of nitrogen and increase of α-Fe in the magnets.

  18. Estimation of the activation energy of sintering in KNN ceramics using master sintering theory

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    Singh, Rajan; Patro, P. K.; Kulkarni, Ajit R.; Harendranath, C. S.

    2014-04-01

    The master sintering curve (MSC) of K0.5Na0.5NbO3 (KNN) ceramics was constructed using constant heating rate dilatometry data based on the combined stage sintering model. The linear shrinkage was recorded using three heating rates 5 °C, 7 °C and 11 °C/ min. The obtained results suggest that in MSC, the sintered density is a unique function of the integral of a temperature function over time and it is independent of the sintering history. The MSC theory can be applied to predict shrinkage and final density. Also, it can be used to design a reproducible process to fabricate ceramics with required density.

  19. Influence of additive system (Al2O3-RE2O3 , RE = Y, La, Nd, Dy, Yb on microstructure and mechanical properties of silicon nitride-based ceramics

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    Juliana Marchi

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Silicon nitride based ceramics have been widely used as structural ceramics, due mainly to their thermo-mechanical properties such as high density, high thermal shock resistance, corrosion resistance and chemical stability. The aim of this study was to determine the influence of rare earth and aluminum oxide additions as sintering aids on densification, microstructure and mechanical properties of silicon nitride. Silicon nitride mixtures with 91 wt. (% Si3N4 and 9% wt. (% additives were prepared and sintered. The density, microstructure and mechanical properties of the sintered specimens of these mixtures were determined. In most specimens, scanning electron microscopic examination and X ray diffraction analysis revealed elongated grains of β-Si3N4 with aspect ratio of about 2.0 and dispersed in a glassy phase. The density of the sintered specimens was higher than 94% of the theoretical density (td and specimens with La2O3 and Al2O3 additions exhibited the highest value. The results of this investigation indicate that the rare earth ion size influences densification of silicon nitride, but this correlation was not observed in specimens containing two different rare earth oxides. The hardness values varied in direct proportion to the density of the specimens and the fracture toughness values were influenced by the composition of the intergranular glassy phase.

  20. The Development of High-Density Vertical Silicon Nanowires and Their Application in a Heterojunction Diode

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    Wen-Chung Chang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Vertically aligned p-type silicon nanowire (SiNW arrays were fabricated through metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE of Si wafers. An indium tin oxide/indium zinc oxide/silicon nanowire (ITO/IZO/SiNW heterojunction diode was formed by depositing ITO and IZO thin films on the vertically aligned SiNW arrays. The structural and electrical properties of the resulting ITO/IZO/SiNW heterojunction diode were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and current−voltage (I−V measurements. Nonlinear and rectifying I−V properties confirmed that a heterojunction diode was successfully formed in the ITO/IZO/SiNW structure. The diode had a well-defined rectifying behavior, with a rectification ratio of 550.7 at 3 V and a turn-on voltage of 2.53 V under dark conditions.

  1. A theory of density-of-states effective masses in heavily doped silicon at high temperatures and its applications

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    Van Cong, H.

    2007-01-01

    A theory of density-of-states effective masses in the n(p)-type heavily doped silicon at high temperatures, T, was developed, taking into account the effects of nonparabolicity in the band and Fermi-Dirac statistics. It was applied to determine the intrinsic carrier density at 200⩽ T (K)⩽500 accurate to within 4.8%, and at 300 K semi-empirical forms for band gap narrowing (BGN) and apparent BGN with an accuracy of 17% and for optical gap with a precision of 1%, giving rise to a satisfactory description of both electrical and optical data. Furthermore, at 280⩽ T (K)⩽400, the BGN can be assumed to be T-independent, with a precision of 8.8%.

  2. Dislocation density analyses of multi-crystalline silicon during the directional solidification process with bottom grooved furnace

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    Karuppasamy, P.; Srinivasan, M.; Aravinth, K.; Ramasamy, P.

    2016-05-01

    A transient global model was used to investigate the effect of bottom grooved furnace upon the directional solidification (DS) process of multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si). The computations were carried out on a 2D axisymmetric model using the finite volume method. The temperature distribution, crystal-melt (c-m) interface and dislocation density were simulated. The modified heat exchanger block system was used for controlling the temperature gradient at the bottom of the crucible. The obtained results shows convex shape of the c-m interface. The dislocation density was reduced while using the bottom grooved furnace. This work was carried out for the different groove of radius 30 and 60 mm of the heat exchanger block.

  3. Effects of Preform Density on Structure and Property of C/C-SiC Composites Fabricated by Gaseous Silicon Infiltration

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    CAO Yu

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The 3-D needled C/C preforms with different densities deposited by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI method were used to fabricate C/C-SiC composites by gaseous silicon infiltration (GSI. The porosity and CVI C thickness of the preforms were studied, and the effects of preform density on the mechanical and thermal properties of C/C-SiC composites were analyzed. The results show that with the increase of preform density, the preform porosity decreases and the CVI C thickness increases from several hundred nanometers to several microns. For the C/C-SiC composites, as the preform density increases, the residual C content increases while the density and residual Si content decreases. The SiC content first keeps at a high level of about 40% (volume fraction, which then quickly reduces. Meanwhile, the mechanical properties increase to the highest values when the preform density is 1.085g/cm3, with the flexure strength up to 308.31MP and fracture toughness up to 11.36MPa·m1/2, which then decrease as the preform density further increases. The thermal conductivity and CTE of the composites, however, decrease with the increase of preform density. It is found that when the preform porosity is too high, sufficient infiltration channels lead to more residual Si, and thinner CVI C thickness results in the severe corrosion of the reinforcing fibers by Si and lower mechanical properties. When the preform porosity is relatively low, the contents of Si and SiC quickly reduce since the infiltration channels are rapidly blocked, resulting in the formation of large closed pores and not high mechanical properties.

  4. Methods of flash sintering

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    Raj, Rishi; Cologna, Marco; Francis, John S.

    2016-05-10

    This disclosure provides methods of flash sintering and compositions created by these methods. Methods for sintering multilayered bodies are provided in which a sintered body is produced in less than one minute. In one aspect, each layer is of a different composition, and may be constituted wholly from a ceramic or from a combination of ceramic and metallic particles. When the body includes a layer of an anode composition, a layer of an electrolyte composition and a layer of a cathode composition, the sintered body can be used to produce a solid oxide fuel cell.

  5. Optical excitation and electron relaxation dynamics at semiconductor surfaces: a combined approach of density functional and density matrix theory applied to the silicon (001) surface

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    Buecking, N.

    2007-11-05

    In this work a new theoretical formalism is introduced in order to simulate the phononinduced relaxation of a non-equilibrium distribution to equilibrium at a semiconductor surface numerically. The non-equilibrium distribution is effected by an optical excitation. The approach in this thesis is to link two conventional, but approved methods to a new, more global description: while semiconductor surfaces can be investigated accurately by density-functional theory, the dynamical processes in semiconductor heterostructures are successfully described by density matrix theory. In this work, the parameters for density-matrix theory are determined from the results of density-functional calculations. This work is organized in two parts. In Part I, the general fundamentals of the theory are elaborated, covering the fundamentals of canonical quantizations as well as the theory of density-functional and density-matrix theory in 2{sup nd} order Born approximation. While the formalism of density functional theory for structure investigation has been established for a long time and many different codes exist, the requirements for density matrix formalism concerning the geometry and the number of implemented bands exceed the usual possibilities of the existing code in this field. A special attention is therefore attributed to the development of extensions to existing formulations of this theory, where geometrical and fundamental symmetries of the structure and the equations are used. In Part II, the newly developed formalism is applied to a silicon (001)surface in a 2 x 1 reconstruction. As first step, density-functional calculations using the LDA functional are completed, from which the Kohn-Sham-wave functions and eigenvalues are used to calculate interaction matrix elements for the electron-phonon-coupling an the optical excitation. These matrix elements are determined for the optical transitions from valence to conduction bands and for electron-phonon processes inside the

  6. Investigation of Sintering Technology for Composite of Stainless Steel and Partially Stabilized Zirconia

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    2002-01-01

    The sintering technology for mixed powdered extrusion rods of different proportions of stainless steel to magnesiapartially stabilized zirconia (PSZ) was investigated. The effects of some sintering parameters including holdingtime, atmosphere and protective gas pressure on shrinkage, relative density, microstructure, micro-Vickers hardnessand compression strength of sintered samples were mainly researched. The experimental results are as follows: (1)The shrinkage and the relative density of the sintered samples decrease as increasing stainless steel content in thecomposite, except for the case containing 90 percent of stainless steel; (2) The porosity in PSZ matrix rises asincreasing the stainless steel content in the composite; (3) Longer sintering holding time, higher sintering vacuumand gas-pressure sintering process not only enhance the relative density, but also improve microstructure of composite;(4) Micro-Vickers hardness of PSZ matrix decreases as increasing stainless steel content, while that of stainless steelparticles in sintered samples varies unnoticeably.

  7. Low-temperature sintering process for UO2 pellets in partially-oxidative atmosphere

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    YANG Xiao-dong; GAO Jia-cheng; WANG Yong; CHANG Xin

    2008-01-01

    Low-temperature sintering(LTS) experiments of UO2 pellets and their results were reported. Moreover, a routine process of LTS for UO2 pellets was primarily established. Being sintered at 1 400 ℃ for 3 h in a partially-oxidative atmosphere, the relative density of the pellet can be up to around 94%. Pellets with such a high density are of benefit for following-up reduction-sintering processes. Orthogonal test indicates that the importance of factors affecting the density decreases in the sequence of partial-oxidative sintering temperature and time, reduction-sintering time and temperature, and sintering atmosphere. It is found that it is helpful to introducing a small amount of water vapor into the sintering atmosphere during the latter stage. It is believed that it is the key factor to raise the O/U ratio of original powder in order to improve the properties of the low-temperature sintered pellets.

  8. Impurity concentrations and surface charge densities on the heavily doped face of a silicon solar cell

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    Weinberg, I.; Hsu, L. C.

    1977-01-01

    Increased solar cell efficiencies are attained by reduction of surface recombination and variation of impurity concentration profiles at the n(+) surface of silicon solar cells. Diagnostic techniques are employed to evaluate the effects of specific materials preparation methodologies on surface and near surface concentrations. It is demonstrated that the MOS C-V method, when combined with a bulk measurement technique, yields more complete concentration data than are obtainable by either method alone. Specifically, new solar cell MOS C-V measurements are combined with bulk concentrations obtained by a successive layer removal technique utilizing measurements of sheet resistivity and Hall coefficient.

  9. Short-circuit current density imaging of crystalline silicon solar cells via lock-in thermography: Robustness and simplifications

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    Fertig, Fabian, E-mail: fabian.fertig@ise.fraunhofer.de; Greulich, Johannes; Rein, Stefan [Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Heidenhofstr. 2, D-79110 Freiburg (Germany)

    2014-11-14

    Spatially resolved determination of solar cell parameters is beneficial for loss analysis and optimization of conversion efficiency. One key parameter that has been challenging to access by an imaging technique on solar cell level is short-circuit current density. This work discusses the robustness of a recently suggested approach to determine short-circuit current density spatially resolved based on a series of lock-in thermography images and options for a simplified image acquisition procedure. For an accurate result, one or two emissivity-corrected illuminated lock-in thermography images and one dark lock-in thermography image have to be recorded. The dark lock-in thermography image can be omitted if local shunts are negligible. Furthermore, it is shown that omitting the correction of lock-in thermography images for local emissivity variations only leads to minor distortions for standard silicon solar cells. Hence, adequate acquisition of one image only is sufficient to generate a meaningful map of short-circuit current density. Beyond that, this work illustrates the underlying physics of the recently proposed method and demonstrates its robustness concerning varying excitation conditions and locally increased series resistance. Experimentally gained short-circuit current density images are validated for monochromatic illumination in comparison to the reference method of light-beam induced current.

  10. STEM-EELS analysis reveals stable high-density He in nanopores of amorphous silicon coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering.

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    Schierholz, Roland; Lacroix, Bertrand; Godinho, Vanda; Caballero-Hernández, Jaime; Duchamp, Martial; Fernández, Asunción

    2015-02-20

    A broad interest has been showed recently on the study of nanostructuring of thin films and surfaces obtained by low-energy He plasma treatments and He incorporation via magnetron sputtering. In this paper spatially resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope is used to locate and characterize the He state in nanoporous amorphous silicon coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering. A dedicated MATLAB program was developed to quantify the helium density inside individual pores based on the energy position shift or peak intensity of the He K-edge. A good agreement was observed between the high density (∼35-60 at nm(-3)) and pressure (0.3-1.0 GPa) values obtained in nanoscale analysis and the values derived from macroscopic measurements (the composition obtained by proton backscattering spectroscopy coupled to the macroscopic porosity estimated from ellipsometry). This work provides new insights into these novel porous coatings, providing evidence of high-density He located inside the pores and validating the methodology applied here to characterize the formation of pores filled with the helium process gas during deposition. A similar stabilization of condensed He bubbles has been previously demonstrated by high-energy He ion implantation in metals and is newly demonstrated here using a widely employed methodology, magnetron sputtering, for achieving coatings with a high density of homogeneously distributed pores and He storage capacities as high as 21 at%.

  11. Trapped charge densities in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-based silicon surface passivation layers

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    Jordan, Paul M., E-mail: Paul.Jordan@namlab.com; Simon, Daniel K.; Dirnstorfer, Ingo [NaMLab gGmbH, Nöthnitzer Str. 64, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Mikolajick, Thomas [NaMLab gGmbH, Nöthnitzer Str. 64, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Chair of Nanoelectronic Materials, TU Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2016-06-07

    In Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-based passivation layers, the formation of fixed charges and trap sites can be strongly influenced by small modifications in the stack layout. Fixed and trapped charge densities are characterized with capacitance voltage profiling and trap spectroscopy by charge injection and sensing, respectively. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers are grown by atomic layer deposition with very thin (∼1 nm) SiO{sub 2} or HfO{sub 2} interlayers or interface layers. In SiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} stacks, both fixed charges and trap sites are reduced by at least a factor of 5 compared with the value measured in pure Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. In Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} or Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/HfO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} stacks, very high total charge densities of up to 9 × 10{sup 12} cm{sup −2} are achieved. These charge densities are described as functions of electrical stress voltage, time, and the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer thickness between silicon and the HfO{sub 2} or the SiO{sub 2} interlayer. Despite the strong variation of trap sites, all stacks reach very good effective carrier lifetimes of up to 8 and 20 ms on p- and n-type silicon substrates, respectively. Controlling the trap sites in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers opens the possibility to engineer the field-effect passivation in the solar cells.

  12. Quantum information density scaling and qubit operation time constraints of CMOS silicon-based quantum computer architectures

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    Rotta, Davide; Sebastiano, Fabio; Charbon, Edoardo; Prati, Enrico

    2017-06-01

    range of a silicon complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor quantum processor to be within 1 and 100 GHz. Such constraint limits the feasibility of fault-tolerant quantum information processing with complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor technology only to the most advanced nodes. The compatibility with classical complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor control circuitry is discussed, focusing on the cryogenic complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor operation required to bring the classical controller as close as possible to the quantum processor and to enable interfacing thousands of qubits on the same chip via time-division, frequency-division, and space-division multiplexing. The operation time range prospected for cryogenic control electronics is found to be compatible with the operation time expected for qubits. By combining the forecast of the development of scaled technology nodes with operation time and classical circuitry constraints, we derive a maximum quantum information density for logical qubits of 2.8 and 4 Mqb/cm2 for the 10 and 7-nm technology nodes, respectively, for the Steane code. The density is one and two orders of magnitude less for surface codes and for concatenated codes, respectively. Such values provide a benchmark for the development of fault-tolerant quantum algorithms by circuital quantum information based on silicon platforms and a guideline for other technologies in general.

  13. A method for sintering

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    2012-01-01

    The present invention provides a method for sintering, comprising in the following order the steps of: providing a body in the green state or in the pre-sintered state on a support; providing a load on at least one spacer on the support such that the load is located above said body in the green...

  14. Determination of silicone rubber and low-density polyethylene diffusion and polymer/water partition coefficients for emerging contaminants.

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    Pintado-Herrera, Marina G; Lara-Martín, Pablo A; González-Mazo, Eduardo; Allan, Ian J

    2016-09-01

    There is a growing interest in assessing the concentration and distribution of new nonregulated organic compounds (emerging contaminants) in the environment. The measurement of freely dissolved concentrations using conventional approaches is challenging because of the low concentrations that may be encountered and their temporally variable emissions. Absorption-based passive sampling enables the estimation of freely dissolved concentrations of hydrophobic contaminants of emerging concern in water. In the present study, calibration was undertaken for 2 polymers, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and silicone rubber for 11 fragrances, 5 endocrine-disrupting compounds, 7 ultraviolet (UV) filters, and 8 organophosphate flame retardant compounds. Batch experiments were performed to estimate contaminant diffusion coefficients in the polymers (Dp ), which in general decreased with increasing molecular weight. The values for fragrances, endocrine-disrupting compounds, and UV filters were in ranges similar to those previously reported for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, but were 1 order of magnitude lower for organophosphate flame retardant compounds. Silicone rubber had higher Dp values than LDPE and was therefore selected for further experiments to calculate polymer/water partition coefficients (KPW ). The authors observed a positive correlation between log KPW and log octanol/water partition coefficient values. Field testing of silicone rubber passive samplers was undertaken though exposure in the River Alna (Norway) for an exposure time of 21 d to estimate freely dissolved concentration. Some fragrances and UV filters were predominant over other emerging and regulated contaminants, at levels up to 1600 ng L(-1) for galaxolide and 448 ng L(-1) for octocrylene. Environ Toxicol Chem 2016;35:2162-2172. © 2016 SETAC.

  15. Structures and energetics of neutral and ionic silicon-germanium clusters: density functional theory and coupled cluster studies.

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    Wang, Yi-Siang; Chao, Sheng D

    2011-03-10

    We have calculated the structural and energetic properties of neutral and ionic (singly charged anionic and cationic) semiconductor binary silicon-germanium clusters Si(m)Ge(n) for s = m + n ≤ 12 using the density functional theory (DFT-B3LYP) and coupled cluster [CCSD(T)] methods with Pople's 6-311++G(3df, 3pd) basis set. Neutral and anionic clusters share similar ground state structures for s = 3-7, independent of the stoichiometry and atom locations, but start to deviate at s = 8. The relative energetic stability of the calculated ground state structures among possible isomers has been analyzed through a bond strength propensity model where the pair interactions of Si-Si, Si-Ge, and Ge-Ge are competing. Electron affinities, ionization potentials, energy gaps between the highest and lowest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMO-LUMO gaps), and cluster mixing energies were calculated and analyzed. Overall, for a fixed s, the vertical ionization potential increases as the number of silicon atoms m increases, while the vertical electron affinity shows a dip at m = 2. As s increases, the ionization potentials increase from s = 2 to s = 3 and then decrease slowly to s = 8. The mixing energies for neutral and ionic clusters are all negative, indicating that the binary clusters are more stable than pure elemental clusters. Except for s = 4 and 8, cationic clusters are more stable than anionic ones and, thus, are more likely to be observed in experiments.

  16. Strain-driven diffusion process during silicon oxidation investigated by coupling density functional theory and activation relaxation technique

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    Salles, N.; Richard, N.; Mousseau, N.; Hemeryck, A.

    2017-08-01

    The reaction of oxygen molecules on an oxidized silicon model-substrate is investigated using an efficient potential energy hypersurface exploration that provides a rich picture of the associated energy landscape, energy barriers, and insertion mechanisms. Oxygen molecules are brought in, one by one, onto an oxidized silicon substrate, and accurate pathways for sublayer oxidation are identified through the coupling of density functional theory to the activation relaxation technique nouveau, an open-ended unbiased reaction pathway searching method, allowing full exploration of potential energy surface. We show that strain energy increases with O coverage, driving the kinetics of diffusion at the Si/SiO2 interface in the interfacial layer and deeper into the bulk: at low coverage, interface reconstruction dominates while at high coverage, oxygen diffusion at the interface or even deeper into the bottom layers is favored. A changing trend in energetics is observed that favors atomic diffusions to occur at high coverage while they appear to be unlikely at low coverage. Upon increasing coverage, strain is accumulated at the interface, allowing the oxygen atom to diffuse as the strain becomes large enough. The observed atomic diffusion at the interface releases the accumulated strain, which is consistent with a layer-by-layer oxidation growth.

  17. Influence of silicon addition on the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of low-alloy steel

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    M Hebda; H Dębecka; J Kazior

    2015-12-01

    The addition of silicon to low-alloy steel allows to modify the materials' microstructure and thus to improve their corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. The influence of adding different amounts of silicon on the properties (density, transverse rupture strength, microhardness and corrosion resistance) and microstructure of low-alloy steel was investigated. Samples were prepared via the mechanical alloying process, which is the most useful method to homogeneously introduce silicon to low-alloy steel. Sintering was performed by using the spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. After the SPS process, half of each of the obtained samples was heat-treated in a vacuum furnace. The results show that high-density materials were achieved, and a homogeneous and fine microstructure was obtained. The investigated compositions containing 1 wt% of silicon had better corrosion resistance than samples with 3 wt% of silicon addition. Furthermore, corrosion resistance as well as the mechanical and plastic properties of the samples with 1 wt% of silicon can be further improved by applying heat treatment.

  18. Sintering of Lead-Free Piezoelectric Sodium Potassium Niobate Ceramics

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    Barbara Malič

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The potassium sodium niobate, K0.5Na0.5NbO3, solid solution (KNN is considered as one of the most promising, environment-friendly, lead-free candidates to replace highly efficient, lead-based piezoelectrics. Since the first reports of KNN, it has been recognized that obtaining phase-pure materials with a high density and a uniform, fine-grained microstructure is a major challenge. For this reason the present paper reviews the different methods for consolidating KNN ceramics. The difficulties involved in the solid-state synthesis of KNN powder, i.e., obtaining phase purity, the stoichiometry of the perovskite phase, and the chemical homogeneity, are discussed. The solid-state sintering of stoichiometric KNN is characterized by poor densification and an extremely narrow sintering-temperature range, which is close to the solidus temperature. A study of the initial sintering stage revealed that coarsening of the microstructure without densification contributes to a reduction of the driving force for sintering. The influences of the (K + Na/Nb molar ratio, the presence of a liquid phase, chemical modifications (doping, complex solid solutions and different atmospheres (i.e., defect chemistry on the sintering are discussed. Special sintering techniques, such as pressure-assisted sintering and spark-plasma sintering, can be effective methods for enhancing the density of KNN ceramics. The sintering behavior of KNN is compared to that of a representative piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT.

  19. Probing the density of states of two-level tunneling systems in silicon oxide films using superconducting lumped element resonators

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    Skacel, S. T. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Straße 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institut für Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Hertzstraße 16, D-76187 Karlsruhe (Germany); Kaiser, Ch.; Wuensch, S.; Siegel, M. [Institut für Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Hertzstraße 16, D-76187 Karlsruhe (Germany); Rotzinger, H.; Lukashenko, A.; Jerger, M.; Weiss, G. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Straße 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Ustinov, A. V. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Straße 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Russian Quantum Center, 100 Novaya St., Skolkovo, Moscow Region 143025 (Russian Federation)

    2015-01-12

    We have investigated dielectric losses in amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiO) thin films under operating conditions of superconducting qubits (mK temperatures and low microwave powers). For this purpose, we have developed a broadband measurement setup employing multiplexed lumped element resonators using a broadband power combiner and a low-noise amplifier. The measured temperature and power dependences of the dielectric losses are in good agreement with those predicted for atomic two-level tunneling systems (TLS). By measuring the losses at different frequencies, we found that the TLS density of states is energy dependent. This had not been seen previously in loss measurements. These results contribute to a better understanding of decoherence effects in superconducting qubits and suggest a possibility to minimize TLS-related decoherence by reducing the qubit operation frequency.

  20. Ab initio density functional theory investigation of crystalline bundles of polygonized single-walled silicon carbide nanotubes

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    Moradian, Rostam; Behzad, Somayeh; Chegel, Raad [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: moradian.rostam@gmail.com

    2008-11-19

    By using ab initio density functional theory, the structural characterizations and electronic properties of two large-diameter (13, 13) and (14, 14) armchair silicon carbide nanotube (SiCNT) bundles are investigated. Full structural optimizations show that the cross sections of these large-diameter SiCNTs in the bundles have a nearly hexagonal shape. The effects of inter-tube coupling on the electronic dispersions of large-diameter SiCNT bundles are demonstrated. By comparing the band structures of the triangular lattices of (14, 14) SiCNTs with nearly hexagonal and circular cross sections we found that the polygonization of the tubes in the bundle leads to a further dispersion of the occupied bands and an increase in the bandgap by 0.18 eV.

  1. Ab initio density functional theory investigation of crystalline bundles of polygonized single-walled silicon carbide nanotubes.

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    Moradian, Rostam; Behzad, Somayeh; Chegel, Raad

    2008-11-19

    By using ab initio density functional theory, the structural characterizations and electronic properties of two large-diameter (13, 13) and (14, 14) armchair silicon carbide nanotube (SiCNT) bundles are investigated. Full structural optimizations show that the cross sections of these large-diameter SiCNTs in the bundles have a nearly hexagonal shape. The effects of inter-tube coupling on the electronic dispersions of large-diameter SiCNT bundles are demonstrated. By comparing the band structures of the triangular lattices of (14, 14) SiCNTs with nearly hexagonal and circular cross sections we found that the polygonization of the tubes in the bundle leads to a further dispersion of the occupied bands and an increase in the bandgap by 0.18 eV.

  2. Hydrogen generation from methylamine using silicon carbide nanotubes as a dehydrogenation catalyst: a density functional theory study.

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    Esrafili, Mehdi D; Nurazar, Roghaye

    2015-02-01

    The adsorption and decomposition of methylamine on the surface of a pristine silicon-carbide nanotube (SiCNT) are investigated by density functional theory calculations. The adsorption energies of possible stable configurations and the activation energies for possible elementary reactions involved are obtained in the present study. The most favorable reaction channel that generates a hydrogen cyanide molecule and four hydrogen atoms is slightly endothermic; the energy barrier for the decomposition of the CH3NH2 molecule is about 45 kcal/mol. Since the activation energy for the side reaction that generates CH3 and NH2 fragments is relatively high, the generation of side products may be depressed by decreasing the temperature.

  3. Charged impurity scattering limited low temperature resistivity of low density silicon inversion layers

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    Sarma, S. Das; Hwang, E. H.

    1998-01-01

    We calculate within the Boltzmann equation approach the charged impurity scattering limited low temperature electronic resistivity of low density $n$-type inversion layers in Si MOSFET structures. We find a rather sharp quantum to classical crossover in the transport behavior in the $0 - 5$K temperature range, with the low density, low temperature mobility showing a strikingly strong non-monotonic temperature dependence, which may qualitatively explain the recently observed anomalously strong...

  4. Effect of TiO{sub 2} additives to the sintering of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Issa, Tarik Talib; Majeed, Kawakib Jassim; Ibrahim, Harith J. [University of Baghdad, College of Science, Physics Department, Jadiriya, Baghdad (Iraq)

    2013-12-16

    The effect of sintering additive on the microstructure development of yttrium oxide was investigated. Different combinations of yttrium oxide with TiO{sub 2} were used as x-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis (DTA) were sintering additive. The investigated and microstructure of resulting compacts were characterized by, using scanning electron microscopy, porosity and sintering density for all compacting samples sintered at different sintering temperature under static air.

  5. Effect of sintering aids on boron carbide sintering; Efeito de aditivos na sinterizacao de carbeto de boro

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    Melo, Francisco Cristovao Lourenco de; Silva, Cosme Roberto Moreira da [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial, Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Atividades Espaciais; Bressiani, Jose Carlos [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    1995-12-31

    The special physical characteristics of boron carbide (B{sub 4} C) allow its use in a wide range of application in engineering design. Despite of this, the densification during sintering step became the main drawback of the development of ceramics components. The present work deals with the role of sintering aids on the densification of boron carbide ceramics produced through pressureless and hot-pressing sintering. The applied sintering aids were, C+B{sub 2} O{sub 3}+ Al{sub 2} O{sub 3}, Ni and/or Ti. Dilatometry was used to assist hot-pressing and, C+B{sub 2} O{sub 3} + Al{sub 2} O{sub 3} were the sintering aids. In the both cases the sintering temperature was lowered to 2200 K and 2073 K, pressureless and hot pressing respectively. The results of hardness of about 35 GPa and densification of 99% theoretical density for hot-pressed material show the effectiveness of these sintering aids. So far as the obtained data from this work is concerned we may believe that is possible to produce boron carbide ceramics components with both high density and hardness with lower cost by lowering sintering temperatures, that is, 200 K for pressureless sintering and 350 K for hot-pressing. (author) 13 refs., 1 fig., 5 tabs.

  6. Sintered Superhard Materials

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    Wentorf, R. H.; Devries, R. C.; Bundy, F. P.

    1980-05-01

    Diamond or cubic boron nitride particles can be sintered into strong masses at high temperatures and very high pressures at which these crystalline forms are stable. Most of the desirable physical properties of the sintered masses, such as hardness and thermal conductivity, approach those of large single crystals; their resistance to wear and catastrophic splitting is superior. The sintered masses are produced on a commercial scale and are increasingly used as cutting tools on hard or abrasive materials, as wire-drawing dies, in rock drills, and in special high-pressure apparatus.

  7. Master sintering curves for UO{sub 2} and UO{sub 2}–SiC composite processed by spark plasma sintering

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    Chen, Zhichao [Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States); Subhash, Ghatu, E-mail: subhash@ufl.edu [Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States); Tulenko, James S. [Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Constructed master sintering curves for spark plasma sintering (SPS) of nuclear fuels. • Characterized sinterability of UO{sub 2} and UO{sub 2}–SiC powder compacts during SPS. • Determined activation energies for sintering of UO{sub 2} and UO{sub 2}–SiC composites by SPS. - Abstract: Master sintering curve (MSC) theory has been applied successfully to UO{sub 2} and UO{sub 2}–SiC composite ceramics processed using spark plasma sintering (SPS). By applying the constant heating rate method, where the powder compact was heated at a constant rate to a specified maximum temperature and then cooled naturally, the apparent activation energies for sintering have been determined to be 140 kJ/mol for UO{sub 2} and 420 kJ/mol for UO{sub 2}–SiC composite. The ability of the derived MSCs to control and predict final density in the sintered compact was demonstrated by additional experimental runs using the isothermal heating method, in which the powder is held for a specified time at the maximum sintering temperature. It is shown that the master sintering curve is an effective tool to characterize the densification and sinterability behavior of a given nuclear powder compact during spark plasma sintering. The reason for significantly lower activation energy in SPS processed UO{sub 2} pellets compared to conventional sintering has been rationalized on the basis of field activation in SPS process.

  8. Performance of GaN-on-Si-based vertical light-emitting diodes using silicon nitride electrodes with conducting filaments: correlation between filament density and device reliability.

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    Kim, Kyeong Heon; Kim, Su Jin; Lee, Tae Ho; Lee, Byeong Ryong; Kim, Tae Geun

    2016-08-08

    Transparent conductive electrodes with good conductivity and optical transmittance are an essential element for highly efficient light-emitting diodes. However, conventional indium tin oxide and its alternative transparent conductive electrodes have some trouble with a trade-off between electrical conductivity and optical transmittance, thus limiting their practical applications. Here, we present silicon nitride transparent conductive electrodes with conducting filaments embedded using the electrical breakdown process and investigate the dependence of the conducting filament density formed in the transparent conductive electrode on the device performance of gallium nitride-based vertical light-emitting diodes. Three gallium nitride-on-silicon-based vertical light-emitting diodes using silicon nitride transparent conductive electrodes with high, medium, and low conducting filament densities were prepared with a reference vertical light-emitting diode using metal electrodes. This was carried to determine the optimal density of the conducting filaments in the proposed silicon nitride transparent conductive electrodes. In comparison, the vertical light-emitting diodes with a medium conducting filament density exhibited the lowest optical loss, direct ohmic behavior, and the best current injection and distribution over the entire n-type gallium nitride surface, leading to highly reliable light-emitting diode performance.

  9. Method to Determine Maximum Allowable Sinterable Silver Interconnect Size

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    Wereszczak, A. A.; Modugno, M. C.; Waters, S. B.; DeVoto, D. J.; Paret, P. P.

    2016-05-01

    The use of sintered-silver for large-area interconnection is attractive for some large-area bonding applications in power electronics such as the bonding of metal-clad, electrically-insulating substrates to heat sinks. Arrays of different pad sizes and pad shapes have been considered for such large area bonding; however, rather than arbitrarily choosing their size, it is desirable to use the largest size possible where the onset of interconnect delamination does not occur. If that is achieved, then sintered-silver's high thermal and electrical conductivities can be fully taken advantage of. Toward achieving this, a simple and inexpensive proof test is described to identify the largest achievable interconnect size with sinterable silver. The method's objective is to purposely initiate failure or delamination. Copper and invar (a ferrous-nickel alloy whose coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) is similar to that of silicon or silicon carbide) disks were used in this study and sinterable silver was used to bond them. As a consequence of the method's execution, delamination occurred in some samples during cooling from the 250 degrees C sintering temperature to room temperature and bonding temperature and from thermal cycling in others. These occurrences and their interpretations highlight the method's utility, and the herein described results are used to speculate how sintered-silver bonding will work with other material combinations.

  10. Microwave and conventional sintering of premixed and prealloyed Cu-12Sn bronze

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    Sethi G.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present investigation is to study the sintering behavior of the Cu-12Sn bronze system in both, a microwave furnace as well as a conventional furnace. The powders prepared by premixed and prealloyed routes were sintered in the range of solid state, transient and supersolidus liquid phase sintering conditions. The comparative analysis is based on the sintered density, densification parameter, hardness, macrostructures and microstructures of the samples.

  11. Characterization of mechanically milled and spark plasma sintered Al2124-CNT nanocomposites

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    Saheb N.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, ball milling and spark plasma sintering were used to develop Al2124-CNT nanocomposites. The effect of milling time on the grain size and lattice strain of the ball milled Al2124 alloy powder and the effect of sintering time and temperature on the grain size of the matrix in spark plasma sintered Al2124 alloy and CNT-reinforced Al2124 nanocomposites were investigated. The density and hardness of the developed materials were evaluated as functions of the sintering parameters. It was found that ball milling not only reduced the particle size of the Al2124 powder but also decreased the grain size of the α-aluminum phase to 50 nm and increased its lattice strain. A milling time of 6 hours was found to be the optimum time to reach a nanostructured α-aluminum matrix. The grain size of the α-aluminum phase in the sintered samples increased with increasing sintering temperature and time to reach maximum values at a sintering temperature of 500°C and a sintering time of 20 minutes. Although sintering led to grain growth, the grain size of the α-aluminium matrix remained in the nanometer range and did not exceed 150 nm. The relative density and hardness of the sintered samples increased with increasing sintering temperature and time to reach maximum values at a sintering temperature of 500°C and a sintering time of 20 minutes.

  12. Measurement and model on thermal properties of sintered diamond composites

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    Moussa, Tala, E-mail: Tala.moussa@univ-nantes.fr [Laboratoire de Thermocinetique UMR CNRS 6607, Polytech, Universite de nantes, BP 50609, rue Christian Pauc, 44306 Nantes (France); Garnier, Bertrand; Peerhossaini, Hassan [Laboratoire de Thermocinetique UMR CNRS 6607, Polytech, Universite de nantes, BP 50609, rue Christian Pauc, 44306 Nantes (France)

    2013-02-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal properties of sintered diamond used for grinding is studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Flash method with infrared temperature measurement is used to investigate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal conductivity increases with the amount of diamond. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It is very sensitive to binder conductivity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Results agree with models assuming imperfect contact between matrix and particles. - Abstract: A prelude to the thermal management of grinding processes is measurement of the thermal properties of working materials. Indeed, tool materials must be chosen not only for their mechanical properties (abrasion performance, lifetime Horizontal-Ellipsis ) but also for thermal concerns (thermal conductivity) for efficient cooling that avoids excessive temperatures in the tool and workpiece. Sintered diamond is currently used for grinding tools since it yields higher performances and longer lifetimes than conventional materials (mineral or silicon carbide abrasives), but its thermal properties are not yet well known. Here the thermal conductivity, heat capacity and density of sintered diamond are measured as functions of the diamond content in composites and for two types of metallic binders: hard tungsten-based and soft cobalt-based binders. The measurement technique for thermal conductivity is derived from the flash method. After pulse heating, the temperature of the rear of the sample is measured with a noncontact method (infrared camera). A parameter estimation method associated with a three-layer nonstationary thermal model is used to obtain sample thermal conductivity, heat transfer coefficient and absorbed energy. With the hard metallic binder, the thermal conductivity of sintered diamond increased by up to 64% for a diamond content increasing from 0 to 25%. The increase is much less for the soft binder: 35% for diamond volumes up to 25%. In addition, experimental data

  13. Correlation of film density and wet etch rate in hydrofluoric acid of plasma enhanced atomic layer deposited silicon nitride

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    Provine, J.; Schindler, Peter; Kim, Yongmin; Walch, Steve P.; Kim, Hyo Jin; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Prinz, Fritz B.

    2016-06-01

    The continued scaling in transistors and memory elements has necessitated the development of atomic layer deposition (ALD) of silicon nitride (SiNx), particularly for use a low k dielectric spacer. One of the key material properties needed for SiNx films is a low wet etch rate (WER) in hydrofluoric (HF) acid. In this work, we report on the evaluation of multiple precursors for plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) of SiNx and evaluate the film's WER in 100:1 dilutions of HF in H2O. The remote plasma capability available in PEALD, enabled controlling the density of the SiNx film. Namely, prolonged plasma exposure made films denser which corresponded to lower WER in a systematic fashion. We determined that there is a strong correlation between WER and the density of the film that extends across multiple precursors, PEALD reactors, and a variety of process conditions. Limiting all steps in the deposition to a maximum temperature of 350 °C, it was shown to be possible to achieve a WER in PEALD SiNx of 6.1 Å/min, which is similar to WER of SiNx from LPCVD reactions at 850 °C.

  14. Correlation of film density and wet etch rate in hydrofluoric acid of plasma enhanced atomic layer deposited silicon nitride

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    Provine, J., E-mail: jprovine@stanford.edu; Schindler, Peter; Kim, Yongmin; Walch, Steve P.; Kim, Hyo Jin [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Kim, Ki-Hyun [Manufacturing Technology Center, Samsung Electronics, Suwon, Gyeonggi-Do (Korea, Republic of); Prinz, Fritz B. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)

    2016-06-15

    The continued scaling in transistors and memory elements has necessitated the development of atomic layer deposition (ALD) of silicon nitride (SiN{sub x}), particularly for use a low k dielectric spacer. One of the key material properties needed for SiN{sub x} films is a low wet etch rate (WER) in hydrofluoric (HF) acid. In this work, we report on the evaluation of multiple precursors for plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) of SiN{sub x} and evaluate the film’s WER in 100:1 dilutions of HF in H{sub 2}O. The remote plasma capability available in PEALD, enabled controlling the density of the SiN{sub x} film. Namely, prolonged plasma exposure made films denser which corresponded to lower WER in a systematic fashion. We determined that there is a strong correlation between WER and the density of the film that extends across multiple precursors, PEALD reactors, and a variety of process conditions. Limiting all steps in the deposition to a maximum temperature of 350 °C, it was shown to be possible to achieve a WER in PEALD SiN{sub x} of 6.1 Å/min, which is similar to WER of SiN{sub x} from LPCVD reactions at 850 °C.

  15. Correlation of film density and wet etch rate in hydrofluoric acid of plasma enhanced atomic layer deposited silicon nitride

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    J. Provine

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The continued scaling in transistors and memory elements has necessitated the development of atomic layer deposition (ALD of silicon nitride (SiNx, particularly for use a low k dielectric spacer. One of the key material properties needed for SiNx films is a low wet etch rate (WER in hydrofluoric (HF acid. In this work, we report on the evaluation of multiple precursors for plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD of SiNx and evaluate the film’s WER in 100:1 dilutions of HF in H2O. The remote plasma capability available in PEALD, enabled controlling the density of the SiNx film. Namely, prolonged plasma exposure made films denser which corresponded to lower WER in a systematic fashion. We determined that there is a strong correlation between WER and the density of the film that extends across multiple precursors, PEALD reactors, and a variety of process conditions. Limiting all steps in the deposition to a maximum temperature of 350 °C, it was shown to be possible to achieve a WER in PEALD SiNx of 6.1 Å/min, which is similar to WER of SiNx from LPCVD reactions at 850 °C.

  16. Tailoring the diameter and density of self-catalyzed GaAs nanowires on silicon

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    Matteini, Federico; Dubrovskii, Vladimir G.; Rüffer, Daniel; Tütüncüoğlu, Gözde; Fontana, Yannik; Morral, Anna Fontcuberta I.

    2015-03-01

    Nanowire diameter has a dramatic effect on the absorption cross-section in the optical domain. The maximum absorption is reached for ideal nanowire morphology within a solar cell device. As a consequence, understanding how to tailor the nanowire diameter and density is extremely important for high-efficient nanowire-based solar cells. In this work, we investigate mastering the diameter and density of self-catalyzed GaAs nanowires on Si(111) substrates by growth conditions using the self-assembly of Ga droplets. We introduce a new paradigm of the characteristic nucleation time controlled by group III flux and temperature that determine diameter and length distributions of GaAs nanowires. This insight into the growth mechanism is then used to grow nanowire forests with a completely tailored diameter-density distribution. We also show how the reflectivity of nanowire arrays can be minimized in this way. In general, this work opens new possibilities for the cost-effective and controlled fabrication of the ensembles of self-catalyzed III-V nanowires for different applications, in particular in next-generation photovoltaic devices.

  17. Microwave sintering of nano size powder β-TCP bioceramics

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    Mirhadi B.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A nano sized beta tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP powder was conventional sintered (CS and microwave sintered (MW, in order to obtain dense β-TCP ceramics. In this work the effect of microwave sintering conditions on the microstructure, phase composition and mechanical properties of materials based on tricalcium phosphate (TCP was investigated by SEM (scanning electron microscopyand XRD(X-ray diffraction and then compared with conventional sintered samples. Nano-size β-TCP powders with average grain size of 80 nm were prepared by the wet chemical precipitation method with calcium nitrate and diammonium hydrogen phosphate as calcium and phosphorus precursors, respectively. The precipitation process employed was also found to be suitable for the production of submicrometre β-TCP powder in situ. The β-TCP samples microwave (MW sintered for 15 min at 1100°C, with average grain size of 3μm, showed better densification, higher density and certainly higher hardness than samples conventionally sintered for 2 h at the same temperature. By comparing sintered and MW sintered β-TCP samples, it was concluded that MW sintered β-TCP samples have superior mechanical properties.

  18. Properties, structure and machnining capabilities sintered corundum abrasives

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    Cz.J. Niżankowski

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The diversity of sintered corundum abrasives used in both bonded and in the embankment of abrasive tools currently poses substantialproblems for their choice of technology to specific tasks. Therefore performed a comparative study of ownership structures and capacitiesof elected representatives machnining sintered corundum abrasives of different generations, and this is normal sintered alumina,submicrocrystalline alumina sintered and nanocrystalline alumina sintered. Were studied some properties of a set of abrasive particles,physicochemical properties and structural and mechanical and technological properties. The studies used the method of microscopicmeasurement to determine the shape of abrasive particles, the pycnometer to determine the density of abrasive, a spectrometer todetermine the chemical composition of the magnetic analyzer for determining the magnetic fraction, scanning electron microscope toanalysis of abrasive grains and a special position to designate the machining capacity abrasive grains. The results showed a significantincrease in machining capacity sintered corundum abrasives with increasing degree of fragmentation of the crystallites sintered corundum abrasives and distinctive bands in the emerging microchip. The originality of the development provides a comparative summary ofproperties of sintered corundum abrasives of different generations and functions obtained by the author making the change in value indexof machininhcapacity grit from cutting speeds for different generations of sintered corundum.

  19. Calcium Hex aluminate reaction sintering by Spark Plasma Sintering; Sinterizacion reactiva de Hexaluminato de Calcio mediante Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Iglesia, P. G. de la; Garcia-Moreno, O.; Torrecillas, R.; Menendez, J. L.

    2012-11-01

    Calcium hex aluminate (CaAl{sub 1}2O{sub 1}9) is the most alumina-rich intermediate compound of the CaO-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} system. The formation of this aluminate is produced by the reaction between calcium oxide and alumina with the consequent formation of intermediates compounds with lower alumina content with increasing temperature (CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CaAl4O{sub 7}). In this study we studied the variation of sintering parameters for obtaining dense and pure calcium hex aluminate by reaction sintering by Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS). A mixing of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CaCO{sub 3} were used as reactive. Final densities close to the theoretical and phase transformation over 93% were achieved by this method. (Author) 22 refs.

  20. Mechanical characterization of microwave sintered zinc oxide

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    A K Mukhopadhyay; M Ray Chaudhuri; A Seal; S K Dalui; M Banerjee; K K Phani

    2001-04-01

    The mechanical characterization of microwave sintered zinc oxide disks is reported. The microwave sintering was done with a specially designed applicator placed in a domestic microwave oven operating at a frequency of 2.45 GHz to a maximum power output of 800 Watt. These samples with a wide variation of density and hence, of open pore volume percentage, were characterized in terms of its elastic modulus determination by ultrasonic time of flight measurement using a 15 MHz transducer. In addition, the load dependence of the microhardness was examined for the range of loads 0.1–20 N. Finally, the fracture toughness data (IC) was obtained using the indentation technique.

  1. 选择性激光烧结成型件密度的支持向量回归预测%Density prediction of selective laser sintering parts based on support vector regression

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    蔡从中; 裴军芳; 温玉锋; 朱星键; 肖婷婷

    2009-01-01

    根据不同工艺参数(层厚、扫描间距、激光功率、扫描速度、加工环境温度、层与层之间的加工时间间隔和扫描方式)下的选择性激光烧结成型件密度的实测数据集,应用基于粒子群算法寻优的支持向量回归(SVR)方法,建立了加工工艺参数与成型件密度间的预测模型,并与BP神经网络模型进行了比较.结果表明:基于相同的训练样本和检验样本,成型件密度的SVR模型比其BP神经网络模型具有更强的内部拟合能力和更高的预测精度;增加训练样本数有助于提高SVR预测模型的泛化能力;基于留一交叉验证法的SVR模型的预测误差最小.因此,SVR是一种预测选择性激光烧结成型件密度的有效方法.%The support vector regression (SVR) approach combined with particle swarm optimization for parameter optimization, is proposed to establish a model for estimating the density of selective laser sintering parts under processing parameters, including layer thickness, hatch spacing, laser power, scanning speed, ambient temperature, interval time and scanning mode. A comparison between the prediction results and the results from the BP neural networks strongly supports that the internal fitting capacity and prediction accuracy of SVR model are superior to those of BP neural networks under the identical training and test samples; the generation ability of SVR model can be efficiently improved by increasing the number of training samples. The minimum error value is provided by leave-one-out cross validation test of SVR. These results suggest that SVR is an effective and powerful tool for estimating the density of selective laser sintering parts.

  2. On the Control of the Fixed Charge Densities in Al2O3-Based Silicon Surface Passivation Schemes.

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    Simon, Daniel K; Jordan, Paul M; Mikolajick, Thomas; Dirnstorfer, Ingo

    2015-12-30

    A controlled field-effect passivation by a well-defined density of fixed charges is crucial for modern solar cell surface passivation schemes. Al2O3 nanolayers grown by atomic layer deposition contain negative fixed charges. Electrical measurements on slant-etched layers reveal that these charges are located within a 1 nm distance to the interface with the Si substrate. When inserting additional interface layers, the fixed charge density can be continuously adjusted from 3.5 × 10(12) cm(-2) (negative polarity) to 0.0 and up to 4.0 × 10(12) cm(-2) (positive polarity). A HfO2 interface layer of one or more monolayers reduces the negative fixed charges in Al2O3 to zero. The role of HfO2 is described as an inert spacer controlling the distance between Al2O3 and the Si substrate. It is suggested that this spacer alters the nonstoichiometric initial Al2O3 growth regime, which is responsible for the charge formation. On the basis of this charge-free HfO2/Al2O3 stack, negative or positive fixed charges can be formed by introducing additional thin Al2O3 or SiO2 layers between the Si substrate and this HfO2/Al2O3 capping layer. All stacks provide very good passivation of the silicon surface. The measured effective carrier lifetimes are between 1 and 30 ms. This charge control in Al2O3 nanolayers allows the construction of zero-fixed-charge passivation layers as well as layers with tailored fixed charge densities for future solar cell concepts and other field-effect based devices.

  3. Spark Plasma Sintering of Fuel Cermets for Nuclear Reactor Applications

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    Yang Zhong; Robert C. O' Brien; Steven D. Howe; Nathan D. Jerred; Kristopher Schwinn; Laura Sudderth; Joshua Hundley

    2011-11-01

    The feasibility of the fabrication of tungsten based nuclear fuel cermets via Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) is investigated in this work. CeO2 is used to simulate fuel loadings of UO2 or Mixed-Oxide (MOX) fuels within tungsten-based cermets due to the similar properties of these materials. This study shows that after a short time sintering, greater than 90 % density can be achieved, which is suitable to possess good strength as well as the ability to contain fission products. The mechanical properties and the densities of the samples are also investigated as functions of the applied pressures during the sintering.

  4. Sintering Theory and Practice

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    German, Randall M.

    1996-01-01

    Although sintering is an essential process in the manufacture of ceramics and certain metals, as well as several other industrial operations, until now, no single book has treated both the background theory and the practical application of this complex and often delicate procedure. In Sintering Theory and Practice, leading researcher and materials engineer Randall M. German presents a comprehensive treatment of this subject that will be of great use to manufacturers and scientists alike. This practical guide to sintering considers the fact that while the bonding process improves strength and other engineering properties of the compacted material, inappropriate methods of control may lead to cracking, distortion, and other defects. It provides a working knowledge of sintering, and shows how to avoid problems while accounting for variables such as particle size, maximum temperature, time at that temperature, and other problems that may cause changes in processing. The book describes the fundamental atomic events that govern the transformation from particles to solid, covers all forms of the sintering process, and provides a summary of many actual production cycles. Building from the ground up, it begins with definitions and progresses to measurement techniques, easing the transition, especially for students, into advanced topics such as single-phase solid-state sintering, microstructure changes, the complications of mixed particles, and pressure-assisted sintering. German draws on some six thousand references to provide a coherent and lucid treatment of the subject, making scientific principles and practical applications accessible to both students and professionals. In the process, he also points out and avoids the pitfalls found in various competing theories, concepts, and mathematical disputes within the field. A unique opportunity to discover what sintering is all about--both in theory and in practice What is sintering? We see the end product of this thermal

  5. Multistep sintering to synthesize fast lithium garnets

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    Xu, Biyi; Duan, Huanan; Xia, Wenhao; Guo, Yiping; Kang, Hongmei; Li, Hua; Liu, Hezhou

    2016-01-01

    A multistep sintering schedule is developed to synthesize Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) doped with 0.2 mol% Al3+. The effect of sintering steps on phase, relative density and ionic conductivity of Al-doped LLZO has been evaluated using powder X-Ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), 27Al magic spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The results show that by holding the sample at 900 °C for 6 h, the mixture of tetragonal and cubic garnet phases are obtained; by continuously holding at 1100 °C for 6 h, the tetragonal phase completely transforms into cubic phase; by holding at 1200 °C, the relative density increases without decomposition of the cubic phase. The Al-LLZO pellets after multistep sintering exhibit cubic phase, relative density of 94.25% and ionic conductivity of 4.5 × 10-4 S cm-1 at room temperature. Based on the observation, a sintering model is proposed and discussed.

  6. Synthesis, Sintering, and Electrical Properties of BaCe0.9−xZrxY0.1O3−δ

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    Ricote, S.; Caboche, G.; Estournes, C.

    2008-01-01

    BaCe0.9-xZrxY0.1O3-delta powders were synthesized by a solid-state reaction. Different contents of cerium and zirconium were studied. Pellets were sintered using either conventional sintering in air at 1700 degrees C or the Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) technique. The density of the samples sintered...

  7. Sintering Densification Mechanism of Talc on Promoting Thermal Storage Andalusite Ceramics in Solar Thermal Power Generation

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    WU Jianfeng; CHENG Hao; XU Xiaohong; LAO Xinbing; ZHANG Yinfeng; RAO Zhengang; DENG Tengfei

    2015-01-01

    Mullite ceramic, as one of high-performance thermal storage ceramics for solar thermal power generation systems, wasin-situ fabricated with talc as a sintering aid via semi-dry pressing and pressureless sintering in air. The mullitization influence of talc as a sintering aid on the formation of andalusite was investigated, and its mechanism to promote the sintering densification of samples was analyzed. The results show that talc reacts with corundum at a low temperature toin-situ produce cordierite. Cordierite reactsin-situ to produce mullite and glass phase, which reduces the sintering temperature sharply when corundum reacts with rich silicon fluid directly and generates secondary mullite. Cordierite resolves and produces magnesium oxide liquid phase, which contains active aluminium oxide lattice capable of reducing reaction activation energy and promoting remaining corundum to react with rich silicon fluid and produces secondary mullite.

  8. Sintering Densification Mechanism of Talc on Promoting Thermal Storage Andalusite Ceramics in Solar Thermal Power Generation

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    WU; Jianfeng; CHENG; Hao; XU; Xiaohong; LAO; Xinbing; ZHANG; Yinfeng; RAO; Zhengang; DENG; Tengfei

    2015-01-01

    Mullite ceramic,as one of high-performance thermal storage ceramics for solar thermal power generation systems,was in-situ fabricated with talc as a sintering aid via semi-dry pressing and pressureless sintering in air.The mullitization influence of talc as a sintering aid on the formation of andalusite was investigated,and its mechanism to promote the sintering densification of samples was analyzed.The results show that talc reacts with corundum at a low temperature to in-situ produce cordierite.Cordierite reacts in-situ to produce mullite and glass phase,which reduces the sintering temperature sharply when corundum reacts with rich silicon fluid directly and generates secondary mullite.Cordierite resolves and produces magnesium oxide liquid phase,which contains active aluminium oxide lattice capable of reducing reaction activation energy and promoting remaining corundum to react with rich silicon fluid and produces secondary mullite.

  9. Fe-Mo-B Enhanced Sintering of P/M 316L Stainless Steel

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    YANG Xia; GUO Shi-ju

    2008-01-01

    Liquid-phase enhanced sintering of powder metallurgy (P/M) 316L stainless steel by addition of sintering aids was studied. 2%-8% of pre-alloyed Fe-Mo-B powder with two different particle sizes was added as sintering aids, and the specimens were sintered in vacuum at 1 200-1 350 ℃. The results show that the fine Fe-Mo-B powder (5-10 μm) has stronger activated effect. The sintered density increases with the increase in sintering aid content or sintering temperature. Warm compaction has a better effect on the control of dimensional precision of compacts. The prealloyed Fe-Mo-B powder deviated from Mo2FeB2 component can also be sintering aid of P/M 316L stainless steel.

  10. Silicon supplementation improves the bone mineral density of calcium-deficient ovariectomized rats by reducing bone resorption.

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    Kim, Mi-Hyun; Bae, Yun-Jung; Choi, Mi-Kyeong; Chung, Yoon-Sok

    2009-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of silicon (Si) supplementation on bone mineral density (BMD) and bone metabolism parameters relative to calcium (Ca) intake levels in ovariectomized rats. A total of 72 female Wistar rats (6 weeks) were ovariectomized (OVX) and divided into six groups, and Si (500 mg of Si per kilogram of feed) was or was not administered with diets containing various levels of Ca (0.1%, 0.5%, and 1.5%) for 10 weeks. The groups were as follows: (1) Ca-deficient group (0.1% Ca), (2) Ca-deficient with Si supplementation group, (3) adequate Ca group (0.5% Ca), (4) adequate Ca with Si supplementation group, (5) high Ca group (1.5% Ca), and (6) high Ca with Si supplementation group. Si supplementation significantly increased the BMD of the femur and tibia in Ca-deficient OVX rats, while no change was observed with Si supplementation in the BMD of the spine, femur, and tibia in the adequate and high Ca groups. Serum alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin levels were not affected by Si supplementation or Ca intake levels. C-telopeptide type I collagen levels were significantly decreased as a result of Si supplementation in Ca-deficient OVX rats. In summary, Si supplementation produced positive effects on bone mineral density in Ca-deficient OVX rats by reducing bone resorption. Therefore, Si supplementation may also prove to be helpful in preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women whose calcium intake is insufficient.

  11. Microstructure evolution during pressureless sintering of bulk oxide ceramics

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    Karel Maca

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The author’s experience concerning the infl uence of the choice of different pressureless heating schedules on the fi nal microstructure of oxide ceramic materials is summarized in the paper. Alumina, ceria, strontium titanate, as well as tetragonal (3 mol% Y2O3 and cubic (8 mol% Y2O3 zirconia were cold isostatically pressed or injection moulded and pressureless sintered with different heating schedules – namely with Constant-Rate of Heating with different dwell temperatures (CRH, with Rate-Controlled Sintering (RCS and with Two-Step Sintering (TSS. It was examined whether some of these three sintering schedules, with the same fi nal density achieved, can lead to a decrease of the grain size of sintered ceramics. The results showed that only TSS (and only for selected materials brought significant decrease of the grain size.

  12. Synthesis of Silicon Nitride and Silicon Carbide Nanocomposites through High Energy Milling of Waste Silica Fume for Structural Applications

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    Suri, Jyothi

    Nanocomposites have been widely used in a multitude of applications in electronics and structural components because of their improved mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties. Silicon nitride/Silicon carbide (Si 3N4/SiC) nanocomposites have been studied intensively for low and high temperature structural applications, such as turbine and automobile engine components, ball bearings, turbochargers, as well as energy applications due to their superior wear resistance, high temperature strength, high oxidation resistance and good creep resistance. Silica fume is the waste material produced during the manufacture of silicon and ferro-silicon alloys, and contains 94 to 97 wt.% SiO2. In the present dissertation, the feasibility of using waste silica fume as the raw material was investigated to synthesize (I) advanced nanocomposites of Si3N4/SiC, and (2) porous silicon carbide (SiC) for membrane applications. The processing approach used to convert the waste material to advanced ceramic materials was based on a novel process called, integrated mechanical and thermal activation process (IMTA) process. In the first part of the dissertation, the effect of parameters such as carbothermic nitridation and reduction temperature and the graphite concentration in the starting silica fume plus graphite mixture, were explored to synthesize nanocomposite powders with tailored amounts of Si3N4 and SiC phases. An effective way to synthesize carbon-free Si3N 4/SiC composite powders was studied to provide a clear pathway and fundamental understanding of the reaction mechanisms. Si3N4/SiC nanocomposite powders were then sintered using two different approaches, based on liquid phase sintering and spark plasma sintering processes, with Al 2O3 and Y2O3 as the sintering aids. The nanocomposites were investigated for their densification behavior, microstructure, and mechanical properties. Si3N4/SiC nanocomposites thus obtained were found to possess superior mechanical properties at much

  13. Investigation of charges carrier density in phosphorus and boron doped SiN{sub x}:H layers for crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Paviet-Salomon, B., E-mail: bertrand.paviet-salomon@epfl.ch [Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA), Laboratoire d’Innovation pour les Technologies des Énergies Nouvelles et les nanomatériaux (LITEN), Institut National de l’Énergie Solaire - INES, 50 avenue du Lac Léman, 73377 Le Bourget du Lac (France); Gall, S. [Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA), Laboratoire d’Innovation pour les Technologies des Énergies Nouvelles et les nanomatériaux (LITEN), Institut National de l’Énergie Solaire - INES, 50 avenue du Lac Léman, 73377 Le Bourget du Lac (France); Slaoui, A. [Institut de l’Électronique du Solide et des Systèmes (InESS), Unité Mixte de Recherche 7163 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique-Université de Strasbourg (UMR 7163 CNRS-UDS), 23 rue du Loess, BP 20 CR, 67037 Strasbourg (France)

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► We investigate the properties of phosphorus and boron-doped silicon nitride films. ► Phosphorus-doped layers yield higher lifetimes than undoped ones. ► The fixed charges density decreases when increasing the films phosphorus content. ► Boron-doped films feature very low lifetimes. ► These doped layers are of particular interest for crystalline silicon solar cells. -- Abstract: Dielectric layers are of major importance in crystalline silicon solar cells processing, especially as anti-reflection coatings and for surface passivation purposes. In this paper we investigate the fixed charge densities (Q{sub fix}) and the effective lifetimes (τ{sub eff}) of phosphorus (P) and boron (B) doped silicon nitride layers deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition. P-doped layers exhibit a higher τ{sub eff} than standard undoped layers. In contrast, B-doped layers exhibit lower τ{sub eff}. A strong Q{sub fix} decrease is to be seen when increasing the P content within the film. Based on numerical simulations we also demonstrate that the passivation obtained with P- and B-doped layers are limited by the interface states rather than by the fixed charges.

  14. Evaluation of Sintering Behavior of Premix Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy Powder

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    Haris Rudianto

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Sintering of light aluminium alloys powder has been investigated as a way to substitute steels in automotive and aerospace industries. Premix Al-5.5Zn-2.5Mg-0.5Cu composite powder called Alumix 431D was analyzed in this research. Sintering was carried out under ultra high purity nitrogen gas and before reaching sintering temperature, green samples were delubricated at 400°C for 30 min. The powder possesses high sinterability by reaching 96% relative density at 580°C sintering temperature. Formation of liquid phase seems to support achieving high sintering density. Optimum mechanical properties also were obtained under those conditions. T6 heat treatment was done to improve the mechanical properties by formation of precipitation strengthening, and MgZn2 appears to be dominant strengthening precipitate. X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, and SEM-EDS were used to characterize powder, and sintered and heat treated samples.

  15. Sintered bentonite ceramics for the immobilization of cesium- and strontium-bearing radioactive waste

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    Ortega, Luis Humberto

    The Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) is a Department of Energy (DOE) program, that has been investigating technologies to improve fuel cycle sustainability and proliferation resistance. One of the program's goals is to reduce the amount of radioactive waste requiring repository disposal. Cesium and strontium are two primary heat sources during the first 300 years of spent nuclear fuel's decay, specifically isotopes Cs-137 and Sr-90. Removal of these isotopes from spent nuclear fuel will reduce the activity of the bulk spent fuel, reducing the heat given off by the waste. Once the cesium and strontium are separated from the bulk of the spent nuclear fuel, the isotopes must be immobilized. This study is focused on a method to immobilize a cesium- and strontium-bearing radioactive liquid waste stream. While there are various schemes to remove these isotopes from spent fuel, this study has focused on a nitric acid based liquid waste. The waste liquid was mixed with the bentonite, dried then sintered. To be effective sintering temperatures from 1100 to 1200°C were required, and waste concentrations must be at least 25 wt%. The product is a leach resistant ceramic solid with the waste elements embedded within alumino-silicates and a silicon rich phase. The cesium is primarily incorporated into pollucite and the strontium into a monoclinic feldspar. The simulated waste was prepared from nitrate salts of stable ions. These ions were limited to cesium, strontium, barium and rubidium. Barium and rubidium will be co-extracted during separation due to similar chemical properties to cesium and strontium. The waste liquid was added to the bentonite clay incrementally with drying steps between each addition. The dry powder was pressed and then sintered at various temperatures. The maximum loading tested is 32 wt. percent waste, which refers to 13.9 wt. percent cesium, 12.2 wt. percent barium, 4.1 wt. percent strontium, and 2.0 wt. percent rubidium. Lower loadings of waste

  16. Thermal conductivity of sintered lithium orthosilicate compacts

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    Löbbecke, Birgit; Knitter, Regina; Rohde, Magnus; Reimann, Jörg

    2009-04-01

    The design of solid breeder blankets is strongly affected by the low values of thermal conductivity and density of ceramic breeder pebble beds. A significant rise of both quantities would enhance the thermal performance and lead to an increased tritium breeding ratio. In order to improve these quantities pretreated lithium orthosilicate pebble material was dry pressed and subsequently sintered. The thermal conductivity of cylindrical pellets was determined by the heat pulse method using a laser flash device. A pebble bed characteristic sample was also investigated in order to check the measurement accuracy in comparison with previous results. Furthermore, two samples of low density cellular ceramics were also prepared by infiltration of polymer foams with a ceramic slurry. The thermal conductivity results show that the values are affected both by the particle size and the sample density. Thermal conductivity values of higher than 2 W/m K were obtained using large particles and sintering at 1000 °C.

  17. Indentation fatigue in silicon nitride, alumina and silicon carbide ceramics

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    A K Mukhopadhyay

    2001-04-01

    Repeated indentation fatigue (RIF) experiments conducted on the same spot of different structural ceramics viz. a hot pressed silicon nitride (HPSN), sintered alumina of two different grain sizes viz. 1 m and 25 m, and a sintered silicon carbide (SSiC) are reported. The RIF experiments were conducted using a Vicker’s microhardness tester at various loads in the range 1–20 N. Subsequently, the gradual evolution of the damage was characterized using an optical microscope in conjunction with the image analysing technique. The materials were classified in the order of the decreasing resistance against repeated indentation fatigue at the highest applied load of 20 N. It was further shown that there was a strong influence of grain size on the development of resistance against repeated indentation fatigue on the same spot. Finally, the poor performance of the sintered silicon carbide was found out to be linked to its previous thermal history.

  18. Low temperature sintering and performance of aluminum nitride/borosilicate glass

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    Hong-sheng ZHAO; Lei CHEN; Nian-zi GAO; Kai-hong ZHANG; Zi-qiang LI

    2009-01-01

    Aluminum nitride (AlN)/borosilicate glass composites were prepared by the tape casting process and hot-press sin-tered at 950 ℃ with AlN and SiO2-B2O3-ZnO-Al2O3-Li2O glass as starting materials. We characterized and analyzed the variation of the microstructure, bulk density, porosity, dielectric constant, thermal conductivity and thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) of the ceramic samples as a function of AlN content. Results show that AlN and SiO2-B2O3-ZnO-Al2O3-Li2O glass can be sintered at 950 ℃, and ZnAl2O4 and Zn2SiO4 phase precipitated to form glass-ceramic. The performance of the ceramic samples was de-termined by the composition and bulk density of the composites. Lower AlN content was found redounding to liquid phase sin-tering, and higher bulk density of composites can be accordingly obtained. With the increase of porosity, corresponding decreases were located in the dielectric constant, thermal conductivity and TEC of the ceramic samples. When the mass fraction of AlN was 40%, the ceramic samples possessed a low dielectric constant (4.5~5.0), high thermal conductivity (11.6 W/(m·K)) and a proper TEC (3.0×10K-1, which matched that of silicon). The excellent performance makes this kind of low temperature co-fired ce-ramic a promising candidate for application in the micro-electronics packaging industry.

  19. SinterHab

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    Rousek, Tomáš; Eriksson, Katarina; Doule, Ondřej

    2012-05-01

    This project describes a design study for a core module on a Lunar South Pole outpost, constructed by 3D printing technology with the use of in-situ resources and equipped with a bio-regenerative life support system. The module would be a hybrid of deployable (CLASS II) and in-situ built (CLASS III) structures. It would combine deployable membrane structures and pre-integrated rigid elements with a sintered regolith shell for enhanced radiation and micrometeorite shielding. The closed loop ecological system would support a sustainable presence on the Moon with particular focus on research activities. The core module accommodates from four to eight people, and provides laboratories as a test bed for development of new lunar technologies directly in the environment where they will be used. SinterHab also includes an experimental garden for development of new bio-regenerative life support system elements. The project explores these various concepts from an architectural point-of-view particularly, as they constitute the building, construction and interior elements. The construction method for SinterHab is based on 3D printing by sintering of the lunar regolith. Sinterator robotics 3D printing technology proposed by NASA JPL enables construction of future generations of large lunar settlements with little imported material and the use of solar energy. The regolith is processed, placed and sintered by the Sinterator robotics system which combines the NASA ATHLETE and the Chariot remotely controlled rovers. Microwave sintering creates a rigid structure in the form of walls, vaults and other architectural elements. The interior is coated with a layer of inflatable membranes inspired by the TransHab project. The life-support system is mainly bio-regenerative and several parts of the system are intrinsically multifunctional and serve more than one purpose. The plants for food production are also an efficient part of atmosphere revitalization and water treatment. Moreover

  20. Sintering Behavior, Microstructure, and Mechanical Properties: A Comparison among Pressureless Sintered Ultra-Refractory Carbides

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    Laura Silvestroni

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Nearly fully dense carbides of zirconium, hafnium, and tantalum were obtained by pressureless sintering at 1950°C with the addition of 5–20 vol% of MoSi2. Increasing the amount of sintering aid, the final density increased too, thanks to the formation of small amounts of liquid phase constituted by M-Mo-Si-O-C, where M is either Zr, Hf, or Ta. The matrices of the composites obtained with the standard procedure showed faceted squared grains; when an ultrasonication step was introduced in the powder treatment, the grains were more rounded and no exaggerated grains growth occurred. Other secondary phases observed in the microstructure were SiC and mixed silicides of the transition metals. Among the three carbides prepared by pressurless sintering, TaC-based composites had the highest mechanical properties at room temperature (strength 590 MPa, Young's modulus 480 GPa, toughness 3.8 MPa·m1/2. HfC-based materials showed the highest sinterability (in terms of final density versus amount of sintering aid and the highest high-temperature strength (300 MPa at 1500  °C.

  1. Investigation of carrier density and mobility in microcrystalline silicon alloys using Hall effect and thermopower measurements; Untersuchung der Ladungstraegerkonzentration und -beweglichkeit in mikrokristallinen Siliziumlegierungen mit Hall-Effekt und Thermokraft

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    Sellmer, Christian

    2012-08-31

    The electronic properties of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon layers in thin-film solar cells significantly affect the efficiency of solar cells. An important property of the individual layer is the electronic transport, which is described by the variables conductivity, photoconductivity, mobility, and carrier concentration. In the past, individual characterization methods were typically used to determine the electronic properties. Using the combination of Hall effect, conductivity, and thermoelectric power measurements additional variables can be derived, such as the effective density of states at the valence and conduction band edge, making a more detailed description of the material possible. To systematically study the electronic properties - in particular carrier mobility and carrier concentration - various series of silicon films are prepared for this work including microcrystalline silicon layers of different doping and crystallinity and a series of silicon films where the Fermi level is moved by irradiation with high energy electrons on one and the same sample. The results show that the transition from amorphous to microcrystalline transport is relatively abrupt. If the electron transport takes place in only amorphous regions, it is marked by the sign anomaly of the Hall effect. If a continuous crystalline path exists, the electronic properties are dominated by the crystalline volume fraction. The results of the measurements of silicon layers are compared with those of microcrystalline silicon carbide samples. Silicon carbide is especially interesting for future applications in thin-film solar cells due to high transparency and high conductivity. It is shown that the effective density of states at the valence and conduction band edge as a function of temperature in p- and n-type microcrystalline silicon and silicon carbide samples largely coincide with those of crystalline silicon or silicon carbide. A square root shaped profile of the density of

  2. The effects of an electric field on the sintering of ceramics

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    Luitjohan, Kara Eileen

    Sintering is a method used to condense a solid powder material into a single solid mass allowing for the production of metal or ceramic parts. Different sintering techniques involve the manipulation of different processing variables. To fully exploit the processing variables, how they affect the sintering process must be fully understood. One such processing variable is an applied electric field, utilized in spark plasma sintering and flash sintering. Both techniques allow for densification to occur at lower temperatures and in shorter times when compared to other sintering techniques. Though various theories exist in literature for how the electric field affects the sintering process, not one has been universally agreed upon. In this work, the sintering of zinc oxide was characterized to determine its response to an electric field. Samples were sintered in a modified tube furnace under various strengths of an applied electric field ranging up to 112 V/cm. After sintering, densities and grain sizes were analyzed. For applied fields up to 112 V/cm, there was no change in the final density or final grain size with respect to the strength of the applied field. It can be concluded that while the field does not affect the final density and final grain size, it does affect when the material reaches those values during the sintering process. With increasing field strengths, less time and lower temperatures are required to reach final density and final grain size. Before the advantages of spark plasma sintering or flash sintering can be applied at the industrial level, more work is still needed to determine the specific effects of an electric field on the sintering of ceramic materials.

  3. Formation of irregular rings in silica aerogel structure during the sintering process

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    Hinić Ivana I.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Samples of low-density, highly disordered silica aerogel with initial bulk density of 0.16 g/cm3, were sintered isothermally in different time intervals at 1000ºC. Structural changes during the sintering process have been investigated by Raman spectroscopy. Defect modes of irregular three and four membered rings were observed in the Raman spectra of sintered samples.

  4. Photo-induced density-of-states variation measured by DLTS method in intrinsic micro-crystalline silicon (i-μc-Si:H) films

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    Wang, J.; Sun, Q. S.; Liu, H. N.; He, Y. L.

    1987-06-01

    This paper advances a measurement and two calculations of a high-frequency DLTS method for the density-of-states g(E) of intrinsic micro-crystalline and amorphous silicon film. The method surmounts the difficulties of DLTS measurement of i-a-Si:H or i-μc-Si:H samples and applies the common high-frequency DLTS to it, while the temperature of measurement is extended below 77K. Following the method, we successfully observed the obvious increase of density-of-states produced by illumination.

  5. Fabrication of High Strength and Ductile Stainless Steel Fiber Felts by Sintering

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    Wang, J. Z.; Tang, H. P.; Qian, M.; Li, A. J.; Ma, J.; Xu, Z. G.; Li, C. L.; Liu, Y.; Wang, Y.

    2016-03-01

    Stainless steel fiber felts are important porous stainless steel products for a variety of industry applications. A systematic study of the sintering of 28- µm stainless steel fibers has been conducted for the first time, assisted with synchrotron radiation experiments to understand the evolution of the sintered joints. The critical sintering conditions for the formation of bamboo-like grain structures in the fiber ligaments were identified. The evolution of the number density of the sintered joints and the average sintered neck radius during sintering was assessed based on synchrotron radiation experiments. The optimum sintering condition for the fabrication of high strength and ductile 28- µm-diameter stainless steel fiber felts was determined to be sintering at 1000°C for 900 s. Sintering under this optimum condition increased the tensile strength of the as-sintered stainless steel fiber felts by 50% compared to conventional sintering (1200°C for 7200 s), in addition to much reduced sintering cycle and energy consumption.

  6. Low temperature spark plasma sintering of YIG powders

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    Fernandez-Garcia, L. [Department of Nanostructured Materials, Centro de Investigacion en Nanomateriales y Nanotecnologia (CINN). Principado de Asturias - Consejo superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) - Universidad de Oviedo - UO, Parque Tecnologico de Asturias, 33428 Llanera, Asturias (Spain); Suarez, M., E-mail: m.suarez@cinn.e [Department of Nanostructured Materials, Centro de Investigacion en Nanomateriales y Nanotecnologia (CINN). Principado de Asturias - Consejo superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) - Universidad de Oviedo - UO, Parque Tecnologico de Asturias, 33428 Llanera, Asturias (Spain); Fundacion ITMA, Parque Tecnologico de Asturias, 33428, Llanera (Spain); Menendez, J.L. [Department of Nanostructured Materials, Centro de Investigacion en Nanomateriales y Nanotecnologia (CINN). Principado de Asturias - Consejo superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) - Universidad de Oviedo - UO, Parque Tecnologico de Asturias, 33428 Llanera, Asturias (Spain)

    2010-07-16

    A transition from a low to a high spin state in the magnetization saturation between 1000 and 1100 {sup o}C calcination temperature is observed in YIG powders prepared by oxides mixture. Spark plasma sintering of these powders between 900 and 950 {sup o}C leads to dense samples with minimal formation of YFeO{sub 3}, opening the way to co-sintering of YIG with metals or metallic alloys. The optical properties depend on the sintering stage: low (high) density samples show poor (bulk) optical absorption.

  7. SnO{sub 2}{sup *}CoO ceramic obtained by microwave sintering; Ceramicas de SnO{sub 2} {sup *}CoO obtidas por sinterizacao microondas

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    Bordignon, M.A.N; Moura, F.; Zaghete, M.A.; Varela, J.A.; Perazolli, L. [Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Araraquara, SP (Brazil). Chemistry Institute. Dept. de Biochemistry and Technological Chemistryl

    2009-07-01

    This work consists in the sintering study of CoO doped SnO{sub 2} using microwave sintering oven and silicon carbide as a susceptor. The powders were obtained by dry oxides mixture and conformed in cylindrical shapes with 6mmx8mm and green density to 60%. Then the compacts were sintering up to 1.050 deg C, using heating rate of 50 deg C/min and isotherm up to 30min. The densities obtained were above 95% for both techniques. It was observed that occurred a temperature reducing of 400 deg C and time reducing of 210min to obtain the same densities, when was used the microwave oven without the phenomena of thermal runaway. So the sintered compacts were accomplished using DRX and SEM. It was made the electrical characterization (current x voltage) and it was found to have great potential in the production of dense ceramic-based SnO{sub 2} with low resistivity to obtain electro-ceramic devices. (author)

  8. Factors influencing particle agglomeration during solid-state sintering

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    Chao Wang; Shao-Hua Chen

    2012-01-01

    Discrete element method (DEM) is used to study the factors affecting agglomeration in three-dimensional copper particle systems during solid-state sintering.A new parameter is proposed to characterize agglomeration.The effects of a series of factors are studied,including particle size,size distribution,inter-particle tangential viscosity,temperature,initial density and initial distribution of particles on agglomeration.We find that the systems with smaller particles,broader particle size distribution,smaller viscosity,higher sintering temperature and smaller initial density have stronger particle agglomeration and different distributions of particles induce different agglomerations.This study should be very useful for understanding the phenomenon of agglomeration and the micro-structural evolution during sintering and guiding sintering routes to avoid detrimental agglomeration.

  9. Development of a Master Sintering Curve for Al-Mg Alloy

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    Yong-Shin Lee

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A new master sintering curve (MSC is proposed for Al-Mg alloy in order to effectively design the pressure-assisted sintering process. In this work, hot pressing experiments of Al-Mg alloy powders are performed. The changes of relative density during hot pressing are measured for the various heating rates of 5°C/min, 10°C/min, and 20°C/min at the fixed pressure of 50 MPa. A work of sintering, designated as Θ, is introduced and defined as Θ(t,T=∫0t1/Texp-Q/RTdt. A work of sintering, Θ, could be interpreted as a measure for the amount of sintering work. The MSC in this work defines the relation between the apparent density and a work of sintering, Θ. Since the measurement of an apparent activation energy, Q, is very difficult, the correct value of Q is obtained numerically using a mean residual square method. Then, the master sintering curves for sintering of Al-Mg alloy powders are proposed for the sintering temperatures of 400°C and 500°C through scaling procedures. It is expected that the master sintering curves proposed in this work could help an engineer to design pressure-assisted sintering process for Al-Mg alloy.

  10. Effect of sintering temperature on physical, structural and optical properties of wollastonite based glass-ceramic derived from waste soda lime silica glasses

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    Almasri, Karima Amer; Sidek, Hj. Ab Aziz; Matori, Khamirul Amin; Zaid, Mohd Hafiz Mohd

    The impact of different sintering temperatures on physical, optical and structural properties of wollastonite (CaSiO3) based glass-ceramics were investigated for its potential application as a building material. Wollastonite based glass-ceramics was provided by a conventional melt-quenching method and followed by a controlled sintering process. In this work, soda lime silica glass waste was utilized as a source of silicon. The chemical composition and physical properties of glass were characterized by using Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) and Archimedes principle. The Archimedes measurement results show that the density increased with the increasing of sintering temperature. The generation of CaSiO3, morphology, size and crystal phase with increasing the heat-treatment temperature were examined by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Fourier transforms infrared reflection spectroscopy (FTIR), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The average calculated crystal size gained from XRD was found to be in the range 60 nm. The FESEM results show a uniform distribution of particles and the morphology of the wollastonite crystal is in relict shapes. The appearance of CaO, SiO2, and Ca-O-Si bands disclosed from FTIR which showed the formation of CaSiO3 crystal phase. In addition to the calculation of the energy band gap which found to be increased with increasing sintering temperature.

  11. The dimensional accuracy of the sintered billets

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    Чингиз Ариф оглы Алиев

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of assessing the impact of the behaviour stability of the components included in the compositions and process parameters of their production, on the dimensional accuracy of workpieces. It was found that by increasing the amount of oxide in the composition is greater compaction of the sintered billet in the process of heat treatment. This also increases the density of all components of the composition

  12. Approximation of mechanical properties of sintered materials with discrete element method

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    Dosta, Maksym; Besler, Robert; Ziehdorn, Christian; Janßen, Rolf; Heinrich, Stefan

    2017-06-01

    Sintering process is a key step in ceramic processing, which has strong influence on quality of final product. The final shape, microstructure and mechanical properties, e.g. density, heat conductivity, strength and hardness are depending on the sintering process. In order to characterize mechanical properties of sintered materials, in this contribution we present a microscale modelling approach. This approach consists of three different stages: simulation of the sintering process, transition to final structure and modelling of mechanical behaviour of sintered material with discrete element method (DEM). To validate the proposed simulation approach and to investigate products with varied internal structures alumina powder has been experimentally sintered at different temperatures. The comparison has shown that simulation results are in a very good agreement with experimental data and that the novel strategy can be effectively used for modelling of sintering process.

  13. Sintering behavior of alumina-niobium carbide ceramics from polymer-filler mixtures

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    Acchar, W.; Wolff, D.M.B. [Programa de Doutorado em Engenharia e Ciencia dos Materiais-UFRN, Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN (Brazil); S. Dantas, A.C. da [Programa de Pos-graduacao em Engenharia Mecanica-UFRN, Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte - Natal, RN (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    Studies have been developed in the literature to obtain alternative ceramic cutting tools with better properties as tungsten carbide and silicon nitride. Results have showed that the addition of titanium carbide, tungsten carbide or niobium carbide has improved the wear resistance and hardness of alumina. This work presents a study about preparation and characterization of an alumina reinforced with niobium carbide. The composite material is produced using polymer-filler mixtures. Samples with 60 wt.% polysiloxane and a mixture of 40 wt.% of niobium and alumina powder were mixed, uniaxially pressed at 200 C and sintered in flowing argon at 1200 C, 1400 C and 1600 C. The composite materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), density measurements, fracture strength and microstructural analysis. The 60 wt% polymer+40 wt% Nb showed the presence of new crystalline phases such as NbC, Nb{sub 5}Si{sub 3} and Nb{sub 3}Si. (orig.)

  14. Ceramic components manufacturing by selective laser sintering

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    Bertrand, Ph.; Bayle, F.; Combe, C.; Goeuriot, P.; Smurov, I.

    2007-12-01

    In the present paper, technology of selective laser sintering/melting is applied to manufacture net shaped objects from pure yttria-zirconia powders. Experiments are carried out on Phenix Systems PM100 machine with 50 W fibre laser. Powder is spread by a roller over the surface of 100 mm diameter alumina cylinder. Design of experiments is applied to identify influent process parameters (powder characteristics, powder layering and laser manufacturing strategy) to obtain high-quality ceramic components (density and micro-structure). The influence of the yttria-zirconia particle size and morphology onto powder layering process is analysed. The influence of the powder layer thickness on laser sintering/melting is studied for different laser beam velocity V ( V = 1250-2000 mm/s), defocalisation (-6 to 12 mm), distance between two neighbour melted lines (so-called "vectors") (20-40 μm), vector length and temperature in the furnace. The powder bed density before laser sintering/melting also has significant influence on the manufactured samples density. Different manufacturing strategies are applied and compared: (a) different laser beam scanning paths to fill the sliced surfaces of the manufactured object, (b) variation of vector length (c) different strategies of powder layering, (d) temperature in the furnace and (e) post heat treatment in conventional furnace. Performance and limitations of different strategies are analysed applying the following criteria: geometrical accuracy of the manufactured samples, porosity. The process stability is proved by fabrication of 1 cm 3 volume cube.

  15. Development of high power and energy density microsphere silicon carbide-MnO2 nanoneedles and thermally oxidized activated carbon asymmetric electrochemical supercapacitors.

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    Kim, Myeongjin; Kim, Jooheon

    2014-06-21

    In order to achieve high energy and power densities, a high-voltage asymmetric electrochemical supercapacitor has been developed, with activated carbon (AC) as the negative electrode and a silicon carbide-MnO2 nanoneedle (SiC-N-MnO2) composite as the positive electrode. A neutral aqueous Na2SO4 solution was used as the electrolyte. SiC-N-MnO2 was prepared by packing growing MnO2 nanoneedle crystal species in only one direction on the silicon carbide surface. AC was oxidized by thermal treatment in order to introduce oxygen-containing functional groups. Owing to the high capacitance and excellent rate performance of SiC-N-MnO2 and AC, as well as the synergistic effects of the two electrodes, a constructed asymmetric supercapacitor exhibited superior electrochemical performance. The optimized asymmetric supercapacitor could be cycled reversibly in the voltage range from 0 to 1.9 V, and it exhibited a specific capacitance of 59.9 F g(-1) at a scan rate of 2 mV s(-1) and excellent energy density and power density (30.06 W h kg(-1) and 113.92 W kg(-1), respectively) with a specific capacitance loss of less than 3.1% after 1000 charge-discharge cycles, indicating excellent electrochemical stability. These encouraging results show great potential in terms of developing energy storage devices with high energy and power densities for practical applications.

  16. Spark Plasma Sintering of Ultracapacitors

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    Hill, Curtis W. [CK Technologies, Camirillo, CA (United States); Boatner, Lynn A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Tucker, Dennis [NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (United States); Kolopus, James A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Cheng, Zhongyang [Auburn Univ., AL (United States)

    2016-01-01

    A solid-state ultracapacitor module to replace standard electrochemical batteries would achieve major performance gains and mass/volume reduction. This report summarizes a project to evaluate an alternative sintering process to produce a solid-state ultracapacitor to overcome the limitations of both the electrochemical batteries presently in use on spacecraft and of currently available electrochemical ultracapacitors. It will provide a robust energy storage device with higher reliability, wider working temperature range, longer lifetime, and less weight and volume than electrochemical batteries. As modern electronics decrease in size, more efficient and robust remote power is needed. Current state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries cannot be rapidly charged, contain harmful chemicals, and suffer from early wear-out mechanisms. Solid-state ultracapacitors are recyclable energy storage devices that offer the promise of higher power and a greater number of charge/discharge cycles than current rechargeable batteries. In addition, the theoretical energy density when compared to current electrochemical batteries indicates that a significant weight savings is possible. This is a project to develop a very high density solid-state ultracapacitor with giant permittivity and acceptable dielectric loss to overcome the energy-density barrier such that it will be a suitable replacement for batteries.

  17. Silicon nitride ceramic having high fatigue life and high toughness

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    Yeckley, Russell L.

    1996-01-01

    A sintered silicon nitride ceramic comprising between about 0.6 mol % and about 3.2 mol % rare earth as rare earth oxide, and between about 85 w/o and about 95 w/o beta silicon nitride grains, wherein at least about 20% of the beta silicon nitride grains have a thickness of greater than about 1 micron.

  18. In-situ grown silica sinters in Icelandic geothermal areas.

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    Tobler, Dominique J; Stefánsson, Andri; Benning, Liane G

    2008-12-01

    Field in-situ sinter growth studies have been carried out in five geochemically very different Icelandic geothermal areas with the aim to quantify the effects of water chemistry, (e.g. silica content (250 to 695 p.p.m. SiO(2)), salinity (meteoric to seawater), pH (7.5 to 10)), temperature (42-96 degrees C) and microbial abundance (prevalence, density) on the growth rates, textures and structures of sinters forming within and around geothermal waters. At each location, sinter growth was monitored over time periods between 30 min and 25 months using glass slides that acted as precipitation substrates from which sinter growth rates were derived. In geothermal areas like Svartsengi and Reykjanes, subaqueous sinters developed rapidly with growth rates of 10 and 304 kg year(-1 )m(-2), respectively, and this was attributed primarily to the near neutral pH, high salinity and medium to high silica content within these geothermal waters. The porous and homogeneous precipitates that formed at these sites were dominated by aggregates of amorphous silica and they contained few if any microorganisms. At Hveragerdi and Geysir, the geothermal waters were characterized by slightly alkaline pH, low salinity and moderate silica contents, resulting in substantially lower rates of sinter growth (0.2-1.4 kg year(-1 )m(-2)). At these sites sinter formation was restricted to the vicinity of the air-water interface (AWI) where evaporation and condensation processes predominated, with sinter textures being governed by the formation of dense and heterogeneous crusts with well-defined spicules and silica terraces. In contrast, the subaqueous sinters at these sites were characterized by extensive biofilms, which, with time, became fully silicified and thus well preserved within the sinter edifices. Finally, at Krafla, the geothermal waters exhibited high sinter growth rates (19.5 kg year(-1 )m(-2)) despite being considerably undersaturated with respect to amorphous silica. However, the bulk of

  19. Elaboration of silicon carbides nano particles (SiC): from the powder synthesis to the sintered ceramic; Elaboration de ceramiques nanostructurees en carbure de silicium (SiC): de la synthese de poudre a la ceramique frittee

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    Reau, A. [CEA Saclay, Dept. des Materiaux pour le Nucleaire (DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA), 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2008-07-01

    Materials for the reactor cores of the fourth generation will need materials supporting high temperatures with fast neutrons flux. SiC{sub f}/SiC ceramics are proposed. One of the possible elaboration process is to fill SiC fiber piece with nano particles SiC powder and to strengthen by sintering. The aim of this thesis is to obtain a nano structured SiC ceramic as a reference for the SiC{sub f}/SiC composite development and to study the influence of the fabrication parameters. (A.L.B.)

  20. Preparation of Nd–Fe–B sintered magnets from HDDR-processed powder

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    Takagi, Kenta, E-mail: k-takagi@aist.go.jp [Green Innovative Magnetic Materials Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Nagoya 463-8560 (Japan); Akada, Misaho [Magnetic Materials R& D Center, Research Associations of Magnetic Materials for High-Efficiency Motors (MagHEM), Nagoya 463-8560 (Japan); Soda, Rikio; Ozaki, Kimihiro [Green Innovative Magnetic Materials Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Nagoya 463-8560 (Japan)

    2015-11-01

    The electric-current sintering technique was used to fully densify hydrogenation–disproportionation–desorption–recombination (HDDR)-processed Nd–Fe–B powder at temperatures below the grain growth temperature in order to produce high-coercive bulk magnets. However, the sintered magnets exhibited anomalous coercivity reduction that depended on sintered density. Reheating examination of the sintered magnets revealed that the reduced coercivity was increased in proportion to the heating temperature, resulting in complete recovery of coercivity. As a result, the combination of electric-current sintering and post-annealing produced sintered magnets with a coercivity of 15 kOe. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy revealed no evidence that associated the anomalous coercivity reduction and recovery with grain boundary morphology. On the other hand, various HDDR powders with different particle sizes were sintered, and finer powders yielded lower coercivity after sintering, implying that the anomalous coercivity reduction was associated with particle surface oxides of the raw powder. - Highlights: • We conduct a sintering of HDDR-processed Nd–Fe–B powder without coercivity reduction. • Rapid current sintering allows densification of this powder without grain growth. • However, the sintered magnets show an anomalous coercivity reduction phenomenon. • It is found that post-annealing completely recovers the reduced coercivity. • The anomalous coercivity reduction would be due to surface oxide of the raw powder.

  1. Future directions in sintering research

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    Upadhyaya G.S.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available From time to time, the gap between sintering science and technology is being attempted to be bridged, but there are still a number of unresolved issues in sintering. So far, only thermal energy was considered for accomplishing sintering of a powder compact. However, other sources of energy may be treated exclusively or in combination with others to achieve densification. The main goal is to tailor the material properties during sintering through microstructural modifications. But in doing so, the very chemical nature of the material subjected to sintering needs to be considered. It is at this stage that the role of electronic structure comes into picture. The present paper reviews this aspect and proposes how the studies on nano-crystalline materials are able to validate the very basic electronic processes occurring during sintering.

  2. Performance and microstructure of 90W­Ni­Fe high­density tungsten alloy fabricated by vacuum sintering%真空烧结制备90W­Ni­Fe高密度钨合金的性能与显微结构

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    邹俭鹏; 张兆森

    2013-01-01

      采用真空烧结法制备90W­7Ni­3Fe 高密度钨合金,通过材料试验机、SEM、XRD 等表征了材料的性能与显微结构。结果表明:钨合金的相对密度、强度、塑性均随烧结温度升高先上升后下降,1440℃烧结试样的性能最佳,其相对密度、抗弯强度、抗拉强度、伸长率和断面收缩率分别为99.2%、1920.5 MPa、1086.7 MPa、22.8%和24.4%。钨合金单纯由体心立方的钨相和面心立方的Fe3Ni2固溶体相组成,未出现其他杂质相。在1360~1460℃的烧结温度范围内,随温度的升高,钨合金断裂形态依次发生以下转变:沿晶脆性断裂、穿晶脆性断裂、韧窝韧性断裂、粘接相撕裂韧性断裂和穿晶脆性断裂。%90W­7Ni­3Fe high­density tungsten alloys were fabricated by vacuum sintering method. Material testing machine, SEM and XRD were adopted to characterize the performance and microstructure of the alloys. The results show that the relative density, strength and plasticity of tungsten alloys increase at first and decrease afterwards with the increase of the sintering temperature. The sample sintered at 1 440℃demonstrates the optimal performance. Its relative density, bending strength, tensile strength, elongation and cross section shrinkage ratio are 99.2%, 1 920 MPa, 886 MPa, 22.83%and 24.37%, respectively. The tungsten alloy is simply made up of body centered cubic tungsten phase and face centered cubic Fe3Ni2 solid solution phase. With the increase of sintering temperature, the fracture morphology of tungsten alloy is transformed from intergranular brittle fracture to transgranular brittle fracture, dimple ductile fracture, bonding phase tearing ductile fracture and transgranular brittle fracture subsequently during the sintering temperature range from 1 360 to 1 460℃.

  3. Supersolidus Liquid Phase Sintering Modeling of Inconel 718 Superalloy

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    Levasseur, David; Brochu, Mathieu

    2016-02-01

    Powder metallurgy of Inconel 718 superalloy is advantageous as a near-net shape process for complex parts to reduce the buy-to-fly ratio and machining cost. However, sintering Inconel 718 requires the assistance of supersolidus liquid formation to achieve near full density and involves the risk of distortion at high temperatures. The present work is focused on modeling the onset of sintering and distortion as a function of temperature, grain size, and part geometry for Inconel 718. Using experimental sintering results and data available in the literature, the supersolidus liquid phase sintering of Inconel 718 was modeled. The model was used to define a processing window where part distortion would be avoided.

  4. Large magnetocaloric effect in sintered ferromagnetic EuS

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    Matsumoto, Koichi; Li, Liang; Hirai, Shinji; Nakamura, Eiji; Murayama, Daiki; Ura, Yutaro; Abe, Satoshi

    2016-10-01

    We present magnetocaloric effect measurements of the ferromagnetic semiconductor EuS in the vicinity of its ordering temperature. Single phase EuS powder was synthesized by CS2 gas sulfurization of Eu2O3. A sintered compact with relative density over 95% was prepared by pulsed electric current sintering of the powder. Temperature and magnetic field dependence of the magnetization and specific heat were characteristic of a paramagnetic to ferromagnetic second order phase transition. The entropy change induced by an external magnetic field and the specific heat were both close to those of a single crystal. We obtained an entropy-temperature (S-T) diagram of the EuS sintered compact. Carnot cycle liquefaction of hydrogen using EuS was compared with several other materials, with results indicating that sintered EuS is an excellent magnetic refrigerant for hydrogen liquefaction.

  5. Numerical analysis of thermal stress and dislocation density distributions in large size multi-crystalline silicon ingots during the seeded growth process

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    Nguyen, Thi Hoai Thu; Chen, Jyh-Chen; Hu, Chieh; Chen, Chun-Hung; Huang, Yen-Hao; Lin, Huang-Wei; Yu, Andy; Hsu, Bruce

    2017-06-01

    In this study, a global transient numerical simulation of silicon growth from the beginning of the solidification process until the end of the cooling process is carried out modeling the growth of an 800 kg ingot in an industrial seeded directional solidification furnace. The standard furnace is modified by the addition of insulating blocks in the hot zone. The simulation results show that there is a significant decrease in the thermal stress and dislocation density in the modified model as compared to the standard one (a maximal decrease of 23% and 75% along the center line of ingot for thermal stress and dislocation density, respectively). This modification reduces the heating power consumption for solidification of the silicon melt by about 17% and shortens the growth time by about 2.5 h. Moreover, it is found that adjusting the operating conditions of modified model to obtain the lower growth rate during the early stages of the solidification process can lower dislocation density and total heater power.

  6. Effect of boric acid sintering aid on densification of barium ferrite

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    S S Vidyawathi; R Amaresh; L N Satapathy

    2002-11-01

    Boric acid has been added in 0.1–0.6% range for studying the densification characteristics of solid state sintered barium hexaferrite. Sintering studies have been carried out at three different temperatures. Physical properties like density and porosity have been studied for all compositions. The phase identification and microstructural investigation on the fractured surface have been carried out to understand the effect of sintering aid on the densification characteristics.

  7. Flash sintering of dielectric nanoparticles as a percolation phenomenon through a softened film

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    Chaim, Rachman; Chevallier, Geoffroy; Weibel, Alicia; Estournès, Claude

    2017-01-01

    International audience; Recent work [Biesuz et al., J. Appl. Phys. 120, 145107 (2016)] showed analogies between the flash sintering and dielectric breakdown in α-aluminas pre-sintered to different densities. Here, we show that flash sintering of dielectric nanoparticles can be described as a universal behavior by the percolation model. The electrical system is composed of particles and their contact point resistances, the latter softened first due to preferred local Joule heating and thermal ...

  8. Effect of Additives on Sintering of Cr2O3 in Reductive Atmosphere

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    LIANGYonghe; SUNChengxu; 等

    2001-01-01

    The influence of additives TiO2,Y2O3 and composite rare earth on sintering of Cr2O3 in reductive atmosphere was studied.Results show that TiO2 can effectively increase the sinteed density at low temperature,As the increase of sintering temperature,such kind of effect becomes more and more unobvious and finaly disappear at 1550℃.Moreover,Y2O3 and composite rare earth have negative effect on sintering.

  9. Electrical and microstructural properties of microwave sintered SnO{sub 2}-based varistors

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    Furtado, P.S.; Oliveira, M.M.; Vasconcelos, J.S.; Rangel, J.H.G., E-mail: periclesft@ifma.edu.br, E-mail: marcelo@ifma.edu.br, E-mail: jomar@ifma.edu.br, E-mail: hiltonrangel@ifma.edu.br [IFMA-DAQ- PPGEM, S. Luis, MA (Brazil); Longo, E., E-mail: elson@iq.unesp.br [CMDMC, LIEC, Instituto de Quimica, UNESP, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Sousa, V.C. de, E-mail: vania.sousa@ufrgs.br [DEMAT, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

    2012-04-15

    An investigation was made of the microstructural and electrical properties of SnO{sub 2} -based varistors microwave sintered at 1200 deg C, applying a heating rate of 120 deg C/min and treatment times of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 min. The system used in this study was (98.95-X)%SnO{sub 2}.1.0%CoO.0.05%Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}.X%Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, where X corresponds to 0.05 and 0.065 mol%. Sintering was carried out in a domestic microwave oven (2.45 GHz) fitted for lab use. Silicon carbide was placed in a refractory vessel to form a heating chamber surrounding the sample holder. The pellets were examined by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, direct current measurements and impedance spectroscopy. The parameters of density, medium grain size, coefficient of nonlinearity, breakdown electrical field, leakage current, and height and width of the potential barrier were analyzed. (author)

  10. Low sintering temperature glass waste forms for sequestering radioactive iodine

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    Nenoff, Tina M.; Krumhansl, James L.; Garino, Terry J.; Ockwig, Nathan W.

    2012-09-11

    Materials and methods of making low-sintering-temperature glass waste forms that sequester radioactive iodine in a strong and durable structure. First, the iodine is captured by an adsorbant, which forms an iodine-loaded material, e.g., AgI, AgI-zeolite, AgI-mordenite, Ag-silica aerogel, ZnI.sub.2, CuI, or Bi.sub.5O.sub.7I. Next, particles of the iodine-loaded material are mixed with powdered frits of low-sintering-temperature glasses (comprising various oxides of Si, B, Bi, Pb, and Zn), and then sintered at a relatively low temperature, ranging from 425.degree. C. to 550.degree. C. The sintering converts the mixed powders into a solid block of a glassy waste form, having low iodine leaching rates. The vitrified glassy waste form can contain as much as 60 wt % AgI. A preferred glass, having a sintering temperature of 500.degree. C. (below the silver iodide sublimation temperature of 500.degree. C.) was identified that contains oxides of boron, bismuth, and zinc, while containing essentially no lead or silicon.

  11. Nanocompósitos de Al2O3-SiC sinterizados por "spark plasma sintering" (SPS Al2O3-SiC nanocomposites sintered by spark plasma sintering

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    V. Trombini

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available O nanocompósito (alumina-carbeto de silício vem sendo estudado extensivamente em função do resultados promissores encontrados quanto a propriedades mecâncias. Usualmente o processamento desse material envolve um alto custo, pois para a obtenção de materiais densos é necessária a utilização de prensagem a quente. Uma alternativa mais recente para a sinterização de cerâmicas nanocristalinas é a sinterização por plasma (Spark Plasma Sintering - SPS. Nesse trabalho, pós de alumina contendo 5%vol de inclusões de SiC foram sinterizados por SPS em temperaturas variando de 1500 a 1600 °C usando diferentes tempos de patamar. Os corpos de prova foram analisados por meio da determinação da densidade aparente, microscopia eletrônica de varredura e microdureza Vickers. Os resultados mostraram que as melhores condições para a obtenção de uma microestrutura com tamanho de grãos próximos ao tamanho das partículas do pó inicial foi com temperatura de 1500 °C e tempo de patamar 7 min.(Alumina-silicon carbide nanocomposite has been extensivelly studied due to its promising results regarding its mechanical properties. The processing of this material usually involves high cost, once the use of hot pressing is necessary for obtaining dense materials. A more recent alternative for sintering nanocrystalline ceramics is the Spark Plasma Sintering - SPS. In this work alumina powders with 5%vol SiC inclusions were sintered using the SPS method at temperatures varying from 1500 to 1600 °C, using different holding times. The effect of temperature and hold time on density and microstructure was investigated. The best results in microestucture and microhardness measurements were shown at 1500 °C and time of landing of 7 min.

  12. The effect of manganese oxide on the sinterability of hydroxyapatite

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    S. Ramesh et al

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The sinterability of manganese oxide (MnO2 doped hydroxyapatite (HA ranging from 0.05 to 1 wt% was investigated. Green samples were prepared and sintered in air at temperatures ranging from 1000 to 1400 °C. Sintered bodies were characterized to determine the phase stability, grain size, bulk density, hardness, fracture toughness and Young's modulus. XRD analysis revealed that the HA phase stability was not disrupted throughout the sintering regime employed. In general, samples containing less than 0.5 wt% MnO2 and when sintered at lower temperatures exhibited higher mechanical properties than the undoped HA. The study revealed that all the MnO2-doped HA achieved >99% relative density when sintered at 1100–1250 °C as compared to the undoped HA which could only attained highest value of 98.9% at 1150 °C. The addition of 0.05 wt% MnO2 was found to be most beneficial as the samples exhibited the highest hardness of 7.58 GPa and fracture toughness of 1.65 MPam1/2 as compared to 5.72 GPa and 1.22 MPam1/2 for the undoped HA when sintered at 1000 °C. Additionally, it was found that the MnO2-doped samples attained E values above 110 GPa when sintered at temperature as low as 1000 °C if compared to 1050 °C for the undoped HA.

  13. Liquid phase sintered SiC. Processing and transformation controlled microstructure tailoring

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    V.A. Izhevskyi

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available Microstructure development and phase formation processes during sintering of silicon carbide based materials with AlN-Y2O3, AlN-Yb2O3, and AlN-La2O3 sintering additives were investigated. Densification of the materials occurred by liquid-phase sintering mechanism. Proportion of alpha- and beta-SiC powders in the initial mixtures was a variable parameter, while the molar ratio of AlN/RE2O3, and the total amount of additives (10 vol. % were kept constant. Shrinkage behavior during sintering in interrelation with the starting composition of the material and the sintering atmosphere was investigated by high temperature dilatometry. Kinetics of b-SiC to a-SiC phase transformation during post-sintering heat treatment at temperatures 1900-1950 °C was studied, the degree of phase transformation being determined by quantitative x-ray analysis using internal standard technique. Evolution of microstructure resulting from beta-SiC to alpha-SiC transformation was followed up by scanning electron microscopy on polished and chemically etched samples. Transformation-controlled grain growth mechanism similar to the one observed for silicon nitride based ceramics was established. Possibility of in-situ platelet reinforced dense SiC-based ceramics fabrication with improved mechanical properties by means of sintering was shown.

  14. Spark plasma sintering of tantalum carbide and graphene reinforced tantalum carbide composites

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    Kalluri, Ajith Kumar

    Tantalum carbide (TaC), an ultra-high temperature ceramic (UHTC), is well known for its exceptional properties such as high hardness (15-19 GPa), melting point (3950 °C), elastic modulus (537 GPa), chemical resistance, and thermal shock resistance. To make TaC to be the future material for hypersonic vehicles, it is required to improve its thermal conductivity, strength, and fracture toughness. Researchers have previously reinforced TaC ceramic with carbides of silicon and boron as well as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), however, these reinforcements either undergo chemical changes or induce defects in the matrix during processing. In addition, these reinforcements exhibit a very minimal improvement in the properties. In the present work, we attempted to improve TaC fracture toughness by reinforcing with graphene nano-platelets (GNPs) and processing through spark plasma sintering at high temperature of 2000 °C, pressure of 70 MPa, and soaking time of 10 min. In addition, we investigated the active densification mechanism during SPS of TaC powder and the effect of ball milling time on mechanical properties of sintered TaC. A relative density of >96% was achieved using SPS of monolithic TaC (<3 μm). Ball milling improved the sintering kinetics and improved the mechanical properties (microhardness, bi-axial flexural strength, and indentation fracture toughness). Activation energy (100 kJ/mol) and stress exponent (1.2) were obtained using the analytical model developed for power-law creep. Grain boundary sliding is proposed as active densification mechanism based on these calculations. Reinforcing GNPs (2-6 vol.% ) in the TaC matrix improved relative density (99.8% for TaC-6 vol.% GNP). Also ˜150% and ˜180% increase in flexural strength and fracture toughness, respectively, was observed for TaC-6 vol.% GNP composite. The significant improvement in these properties is attributed to improved densification and toughening mechanisms such as sheet pull-out and crack

  15. Effect of sintering condition on properties of Cr-doped Pb0.95Sr0.05 (Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 ceramics

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    J Costa Marrero; A Suárez-Gómez; J Saniger Blesa; F Calderón-Piñar

    2009-08-01

    The effects of sintering temperature (sinter) and sintering time (sinter) were investigated for Pb0.95Sr0.05(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 + %wtCr2O3 system to determine the optimum regimen of sintering. The study was performed by determining the following parameters: relative density (ρrel) and sintering rate ($\\dot{\\varepsilon}_{\\rho}$). The grain size was diminished when small amounts of Cr2O3 were added to system and was enhanced when the sintering temperature and time was increased. The dielectric constant becomes maximum and the electric loss becomes minimum with the sintering temperature of 1290°C. The optimum regimen of sintering is sinter = 1290°C during 70 min. The piezoelectric properties for the optimum regimen of sintering were studied.

  16. Low-Cycle Fatigue Life and Fatigue Crack Propagation of Sintered Ag Nanoparticles

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    Shioda, Ryutaro; Kariya, Yoshiharu; Mizumura, Noritsuka; Sasaki, Koji

    2017-02-01

    The low-cycle fatigue life and fatigue crack propagation behavior of sintered silver nanoparticles were investigated using miniature specimens sintered at two different temperatures. The fatigue crack initiation life and fatigue crack propagation rate of sintered Ag nanoparticles were extremely sensitive to changes in the range of inelastic energy density and the cyclic J integral, exhibiting brittle characteristics, in contrast to tin-based lead-free solder alloys. With increasing sintering temperature, the fatigue crack propagation rate decreased. On the other hand, the effect of sintering temperature on the fatigue crack initiation life differed depending on the use of either a smooth specimen (low-cycle fatigue test) or notched specimen (fatigue crack propagation test). For the notched specimens, the probability of grain boundaries around the notch decreased due to increased sintering temperature. Therefore, the fatigue crack initiation life was increased with an increase in sintering temperature in the fatigue crack propagation test. In the smooth specimen, however, the fatigue life decreased with an increase in sintering temperature, as the elastic modulus of the specimen increased with increasing sintering temperature. In the low-cycle fatigue test, the specimen sintered with high internal stress started to develop crack initiation early, causing a decrease in the crack initiation life.

  17. Unburned carbon behavior in sintered coal fly-ash bulk material by spark plasma sintering

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    Hasezaki, K.; Nakashita, A.; Kaneko, G.Y.; Kakuda, H. [Shimane University, Shimane (Japan). Dept. of Material Science

    2007-12-15

    Coal fly-ash bulk materials were prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The as-received coal fly ash produced by Misumi Power Station (The Chugoku Flectric Power Co., Inc.), had an average particle size of 19 {mu}m and contained about 2% carbon from unburned coal. The sintering temperature was 1000{sup o}C for 10 min. The mass density of the sintered compact was 2.4 x 10{sup 3} kg/m{sup 3}. After three-point flexural testing of the compact, the average flexural strength and Young's modulus were 25.6 MPa and 23.0 GPa, respectively. From the flexural strength, the Weibull modulus was found to be m = 6.13, indicating that the compact was a typical ceramics. Fractographic examination indicated that in all specimens the fracture origin was located on the bottom surface and was not an intrinsic flaw. Vickers indentation test showed that the fracture toughness was 0.61 MPa.m{sup 0.5} and the calculated critical flaw size, c{sub 0}, was 0.18 mm. This c{sub 0} value was larger than that of the voids and unburned carbon on the fracture surface. It is noteworthy that the mechanical strength of the sintered compact was not affected by the voids and unburned carbon.

  18. Sintering of Soft Magnetic Material under Microwave Magnetic Field

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    Sadatsugu Takayama

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We have developed a simple process for sintering of soft magnetization materials using microwave sintering. The saturated magnetization (Ms of sintered magnetite was 85.6 emu/g, which was as high as 95% of magnetite before heating (90.4 emu/g. On the other hand, the averaged remanence (Mr and coercivity (Hc of the magnetite after heating were 0.17 emu/g and 1.12 Oe under measuring limit of SQUID, respectively. For the sintering process of soft magnetic materials, magnetic fields of microwave have been performed in nitrogen atmosphere. Therefore, a microwave single-mode system operating at a frequency of 2.45 GHz and with a maximum power level of 1.5 kW was used. We can sinter the good soft magnetic material in microwave magnetic field. The sample shrank to 82% theoretical density (TD from 45%TD of green body. The sintered sample was observed the microstructure by TEM and the crystal size was estimated the approximate average size is 10 nm.

  19. Ultrafast-Contactless Flash Sintering using Plasma Electrodes

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    Saunders, Theo; Grasso, Salvatore; Reece, Michael J.

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents a novel derivative of flash sintering, in which contactless flash sintering (CFS) is achieved using plasma electrodes. In this setup, electrical contact with the sample to be sintered is made by two arc plasma electrodes, one on either side, allowing current to pass through the sample. This opens up the possibility of continuous throughput flash sintering. Preheating, a usual precondition for flash sintering, is provided by the arc electrodes which heat the sample to 1400 °C. The best results were produced with pre-compacted samples (bars 1.8 mm thick) of pure B4C (discharge time 2s, current 4A) and SiC:B4C 50 wt% (3s at 6A), which were fully consolidated under a heating rate approaching 20000 °C/min. For the composite a cylindrical volume of 14 mm3 was sintered to full density with limited grain growth.

  20. SINTERING EFFECTS ON THE DENSIFICATION OF NANOCRYSTALLINE HYDROXYAPATITE

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    M. Amiriyan

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The effects of sintering profiles on the densification behaviour of synthesized nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA powder were investigated in terms of phase stability and mechanical properties. A wet chemical precipitation method was successfully employed to synthesize a high purity and single phase HA powder. Green HA compacts were prepared and subjected to sintering in air atmosphere over a temperature range of 700° C to 1300° C. In this study two different holding times were compared, i.e. 1 minute versus the standard 120 minutes. The results revealed that the 1 minute holding time sintering profile was indeed effective in producing a HA body with high density of 98% theoretical when sintered at 1200° C. High mechanical properties such as fracture toughness of 1.41 MPa.m1/2 and hardness of 9.5 GPa were also measured for HA samples sintered under this profile. Additionally, XRD analysis indicated that decomposition of the HA phase during sintering at high temperatures was suppressed.

  1. Microstructure and Joint Properties of Nano-Silver Paste by Ultrasonic-Assisted Pressureless Sintering

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    Li, Yuan; Jing, Hongyang; Han, Yongdian; Xu, Lianyong; Lu, Guoquan

    2016-06-01

    In recent years, sintering nano-silver paste has become a popular worldwide technology. This paper presents the effect of ultrasonic vibration on the microstructure and mechanical properties of pressureless sintered nano-silver joints. Ultrasonic waves have been introduced prior to sintering using a new type of nano-silver paste in order to improve bonding of large-area chips (≥10 × 10 mm2). The results show that ultrasonic vibration can not only reduce black pores, increase the size and the density of sintered silver, but also transfer the fracture mode of joints to cohesive failure. With increasing ultrasonic power or time, the shear strength of joints gradually increases linearly. The surface of the sintered silver, the fracture surface, and the cross section of joints were examined, and the microstructure has a transition zone at the edge of the joints that is insufficiently sintered. Ultrasonic vibration can reduce the transition zone and thus improve the reliability of joints.

  2. Fabrication of Bi2223 bulks with high critical current properties sintered in Ag tubes

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    Takeda, Yasuaki; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Motoki, Takanori; Kishio, Kohji; Nakashima, Takayoshi; Kagiyama, Tomohiro; Kobayashi, Shin-ichi; Hayashi, Kazuhiko

    2017-03-01

    Randomly grain oriented Bi2223 sintered bulks are one of the representative superconducting materials having weak-link problem due to very short coherence length particularly along the c-axis, resulting in poor intergrain Jc properties. In our previous studies, sintering and/or post-annealing under moderately reducing atmospheres were found to be effective for improving grain coupling in Bi2223 sintered bulks. Further optimizations of the synthesis process for Bi2223 sintered bulks were attempted in the present study to enhance their intergrain Jc. Effects of applied pressure of uniaxial pressing and sintering conditions on microstructure and superconducting properties have been systematically investigated. The best sample showed intergrain Jc of 2.0 kA cm-2 at 77 K and 8.2 kA cm-2 at 20 K, while its relative density was low ∼65%. These values are quite high as for a randomly oriented sintered bulk of cuprate superconductors.

  3. A novel sintering method to obtain fully dense gadolinia doped ceria by applying a direct current

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    Hao, Xiaoming; Liu, Yajie; Wang, Zhenhua; Qiao, Jinshuo; Sun, Kening

    2012-07-01

    A fully dense Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 (gadolinia doped ceria, GDC) is obtained by a novel using a sintering technique for several seconds at 545 °C by applying a direct current (DC) electrical field of 70 V cm-1. The onset applied field value of this phenomenon is 20 V cm-1, and the volume specific power dissipation for the onset of flash sintering is about ∼10 mW mm-3. Through contrast with the shrinkage strain of the conventional sintering as well as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, we conclude that GDC specimens are sintered to fully density under various applied fields. In addition, we demonstrate that the grain size of GDC is decreasing with the increase of applied field and the decrease of sintering temperature. Through calculation, we find that sintering of GDC can be explained by the Joule heating from the applied electrical field.

  4. The Study of Microwave and Electric Hybrid Sintering Process of AZO Target

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    Ling-yun Han

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We simulated the microwave sintering of ZnO by 3D modelling. A large-size Al-doped ZnO (AZO green ceramic compact was prepared by slurry casting. Through studying the microwave and electric hybrid sintering of the green compact, a relative density of up to 98.1% could be obtained by starting microwave heating at 1200°C and increasing the power 20 min later to 4 kW for an AZO ceramic target measuring 120 × 240 × 12 mm. The resistivity of AZO targets sintered with microwave assistance was investigated. The energy consumption of sintering could be greatly reduced by this heating method. Until now, few studies have been reported on the microwave and electric hybrid sintering of large-size AZO ceramic targets. This research can aid in developing sintering technology for large-size high-quality oxide ceramic targets.

  5. The Influence of Spark Plasma Sintering Temperature on the Microstructure and the Thermoelectric Properties of Al, Ga dually-doped ZnO

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    Han, Li; Le, Thanh Hung; Van Nong, Ngo;

    2012-01-01

    Al, Ga dually-doped ZnO was prepared by spark plasma sintering with different sintering temperatures. The microstructural evolution and thermoelectric properties of the samples were investigated in detail. The samples with a sintering temperature above 1223K obtained higher relative densities...... and better electrical properties compared with the sample sintered at 1073K. These results were supported by solid-state-reaction completion rate which suggested that the sintering temperature above 1223K would be preferable for the complete solid state reaction of the samples. The sintering mechanism of ZnO...

  6. Low temperature sintering of fluorapatite glass-ceramics.

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    Denry, Isabelle; Holloway, Julie A

    2014-02-01

    Fluorapatite glass-ceramics have been shown to be excellent candidates as scaffold materials for bone grafts, however, scaffold production by sintering is hindered by concurrent crystallization of the glass. Objective, our goal was to investigate the effect of Ca/Al ratio on the sintering behavior of Nb-doped fluorapatite-based glasses in the SiO2-Al2O3-P2O5-MgO-Na2O-K2O-CaO-CaF2 system. Methods, glass compositions with Ca/Al ratio of 1 (A), 2 (B), 4 (C) and 19 (D) were prepared by twice melting at 1525°C for 3h. Glasses were either cast as cylindrical ingots or ground into powders. Disk-shaped specimens were prepared by either sectioning from the ingots or powder-compacting in a mold, followed by heat treatment at temperatures ranging between 700 and 1050°C for 1h. The density was measured on both sintered specimens and heat treated discs as controls. The degree of sintering was determined from these measurements. Results and Significance XRD showed that fluorapatite crystallized in all glass-ceramics. A high degree of sintering was achieved at 775°C for glass-ceramic D (98.99±0.04%), and 900°C for glass-ceramic C (91.31±0.10). Glass-ceramics A or B were only partially sintered at 1000°C (63.6±0.8% and 74.1±1.5%, respectively). SEM revealed a unique microstructure of micron-sized spherulitic fluorapatite crystals in glass-ceramics C and D. Increasing the Ca/Al ratio promoted low temperature sintering of fluorapatite glass-ceramics, which are traditionally difficult to sinter.

  7. Study on high temperature sintering processes of selective laser sintered Al2O3/ZrO2/TiC ceramics

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    Bai P.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available High temperature sintering processes of selective laser sintered Al2O3/ZrO2/TiC ceramics were studied. The effects of the sintering temperature and the sintering time on the relative density, strength and fracture toughness of Al2O3/ZrO2/TiC ceramics were investigated. The results showed that the sintering temperature and sintering time had a great effect on the relative density and the mechanical properties of Al2O3/ZrO2/TiC ceramics. The mechanical strength increased from 120MPa to 360MPa and KIC increased from 3.7 J/m2 to 6.9 J/m2 when the sintering temperature increased from 1400ºC to 1600ºC, however, the mechanical strength decreased rapidly from 370MPa to 330MPa and KIC decreased from 6.9 J/m2 to 6.1 J/m2 when the sintering time increased from 30min to 90min. Furthermore, the addition of TiC and ZrO2 in the Al2O3 matrix significantly improved mechanical strength and fracture toughness of the Al2O3 matrix ceramics.

  8. Models of current sintering

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    Angst, Sebastian; Engelke, Lukas; Winterer, Markus; Wolf, Dietrich E.

    2017-06-01

    Densification of (semi-)conducting particle agglomerates with the help of an electrical current is much faster and more energy efficient than traditional thermal sintering or powder compression. Therefore, this method becomes more and more common among experimentalists, engineers, and in industry. The mechanisms at work at the particle scale are highly complex because of the mutual feedback between current and pore structure. This paper extends previous modelling approaches in order to study mixtures of particles of two different materials. In addition to the delivery of Joule heat throughout the sample, especially in current bottlenecks, thermoelectric effects must be taken into account. They lead to segregation or spatial correlations in the particle arrangement. Various model extensions are possible and will be discussed.

  9. Biomass for iron ore sintering

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    Zandi, M.; Martinez-Pacheco, M.; Fray, T.A.T. [Corus Research Development & Technology, Rotherham (United Kingdom)

    2010-11-15

    Within an integrated steelworks, iron ore sinter making is an energy intensive process. In recent years, biomass is becoming an attractive alternative source of energy to traditional fossil fuels such as coal. In this study, commercially available biomass materials suited to sinter making have been identified as an alternative source of fuel to coke breeze. Olive residues, sunflower husk pellets, almond shells, hazelnut shells and Bagasse pellets have been characterised and prepared for sintering. A laboratory sinter pot has been employed for studying sintering behaviour of biomass material. On average, the calorific values of selected biomass materials, on a dry basis, are about 65% of dry coke breeze. It was found that less of this energy would be available in sinter making due to the evaporation of some of the volatile matter ahead of the flame front. At a replacement rate of 25%, the crushed sunflower husk pellets showed the closest thermal profile to that of coke breeze alone in the size range of -0.8 to +0.6 mm. A specification of less than 1 mm has been recommended for the studied biomass materials when co-firing biomass with coke breeze for iron ore sintering.

  10. Numerical Analysis of the Dislocation Density in Multicrystalline Silicon for Solar Cells by the Vertical Bridgman Process

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    Makoto Inoue

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We studied the effects of cooling process on the generation of dislocations in multicrystalline silicon grown by the vertical Bridgman process. From the temperature field obtained by a global model, the stress relaxation and multiplication of dislocations were calculated using the Haasen-Alexander-Sumino model. It was found that the multiplication of dislocations is higher in fast cooling processes. It was confirmed that residual stress is low at high temperatures because the movement of the dislocations relaxes the thermal strain, while the residual stress increases with decreasing temperature, because of reduced motion of dislocations and formation of a strain field at lower temperatures.

  11. Ceramic components manufacturing by selective laser sintering

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    Bertrand, Ph.; Bayle, F.; Combe, C. [Ecole Nationale d' Ingenieurs de Saint-Etienne (ENISE), DIPI Laboratory, 58 rue Jean Parot, 42023 Saint-Etienne Cedex 2 (France); Goeuriot, P. [Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne (ENSMSE), Centre SMS 158, Cours Fauriel, 42023 Saint-Etienne Cedex 2 (France); Smurov, I. [Ecole Nationale d' Ingenieurs de Saint-Etienne (ENISE), DIPI Laboratory, 58 rue Jean Parot, 42023 Saint-Etienne Cedex 2 (France)], E-mail: smurov@enise.fr

    2007-12-15

    In the present paper, technology of selective laser sintering/melting is applied to manufacture net shaped objects from pure yttria-zirconia powders. Experiments are carried out on Phenix Systems PM100 machine with 50 W fibre laser. Powder is spread by a roller over the surface of 100 mm diameter alumina cylinder. Design of experiments is applied to identify influent process parameters (powder characteristics, powder layering and laser manufacturing strategy) to obtain high-quality ceramic components (density and micro-structure). The influence of the yttria-zirconia particle size and morphology onto powder layering process is analysed. The influence of the powder layer thickness on laser sintering/melting is studied for different laser beam velocity V (V = 1250-2000 mm/s), defocalisation (-6 to 12 mm), distance between two neighbour melted lines (so-called 'vectors') (20-40 {mu}m), vector length and temperature in the furnace. The powder bed density before laser sintering/melting also has significant influence on the manufactured samples density. Different manufacturing strategies are applied and compared: (a) different laser beam scanning paths to fill the sliced surfaces of the manufactured object, (b) variation of vector length (c) different strategies of powder layering, (d) temperature in the furnace and (e) post heat treatment in conventional furnace. Performance and limitations of different strategies are analysed applying the following criteria: geometrical accuracy of the manufactured samples, porosity. The process stability is proved by fabrication of 1 cm{sup 3} volume cube.

  12. Interactions of structural defects with metallic impurities in multicrystalline silicon

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    McHugo, S.A.; Thompson, A.C. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States); Hieslmair, H. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    Multicrystalline silicon is one of the most promising materials for terrestrial solar cells. It is critical to getter impurities from the material as well as inhibit contamination during growth and processing. Standard processing steps such as, phosphorus in-diffusion for p-n junction formation and aluminum sintering for backside ohmic contact fabrication, intrinsically possess gettering capabilities. These processes have been shown to improve L{sub n} values in regions of multicrystalline silicon with low structural defect densities but not in highly dislocated regions. Recent Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) results indirectly reveal higher concentrations of iron in highly dislocated regions while further work suggests that the release of impurities from structural defects, such as dislocations, is the rate limiting step for gettering in multicrystalline silicon. The work presented here directly demonstrates the relationship between metal impurities, structural defects and solar cell performance in multicrystalline silicon. Edge-defined Film-fed Growth (EFG) multicrystalline silicon in the as-grown state and after full solar cell processing was used in this study. Standard solar cell processing steps were carried out at ASE Americas Inc. Metal impurity concentrations and distributions were determined by use of the x-ray fluorescence microprobe (beamline 10.3.1) at the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The sample was at atmosphere so only elements with Z greater than silicon could be detected, which includes all metal impurities of interest. Structural defect densities were determined by preferential etching and surface analysis using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) in secondary electron mode. Mapped areas were exactly relocated between the XRF and SEM to allow for direct comparison of impurity and structural defect distributions.

  13. Extension of the master sintering curve for constant heating rate modeling

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    McCoy, Tammy Michelle

    The purpose of this work is to extend the functionality of the Master Sintering Curve (MSC) such that it can be used as a practical tool for predicting sintering schemes that combine both a constant heating rate and an isothermal hold. Rather than just being able to predict a final density for the object of interest, the extension to the MSC will actually be able to model a sintering run from start to finish. Because the Johnson model does not incorporate this capability, the work presented is an extension of what has already been shown in literature to be a valuable resource in many sintering situations. A predicted sintering curve that incorporates a combination of constant heating rate and an isothermal hold is more indicative of what is found in real-life sintering operations. This research offers the possibility of predicting the sintering schedule for a material, thereby having advanced information about the extent of sintering, the time schedule for sintering, and the sintering temperature with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability. The research conducted in this thesis focuses on the development of a working model for predicting the sintering schedules of several stabilized zirconia powders having the compositions YSZ (HSY8), 10Sc1CeSZ, 10Sc1YSZ, and 11ScSZ1A. The compositions of the four powders are first verified using x-ray diffraction (XRD) and the particle size and surface area are verified using a particle size analyzer and BET analysis, respectively. The sintering studies were conducted on powder compacts using a double pushrod dilatometer. Density measurements are obtained both geometrically and using the Archimedes method. Each of the four powders is pressed into ¼" diameter pellets using a manual press with no additives, such as a binder or lubricant. Using a double push-rod dilatometer, shrinkage data for the pellets is obtained over several different heating rates. The shrinkage data is then converted to reflect the change in relative

  14. Influence of van der Waals forces on the adsorption structure of benzene on silicon studied using density functional theory

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    Johnston, Karen; Kleis, Jesper; Lundqvist, Bengt

    2008-01-01

    Two different adsorption configurations of benzene on the Si(001)-(2×1) surface, the tight-bridge and butterfly structures, were studied using density functional theory. Several exchange and correlation functionals were used, including the recently developed van der Waals density functional (vdW-...

  15. Processing and Properties of Distaloy Sa Sintered Alloys with Boron and Carbon

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    Karwan-Baczewska J.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Prealloyed iron-based powders, manufactured in Höganäs Company, are used in the automotive parts industry. The properties and life time of such sintered parts depend, first of all, on their chemical composition, the production method of the prealloyed powder as well as on the technology of their consolidation and sintering. One of simpler and conventional methods aimed at increasing the density in sintered products is the process of activated sintering, performed, for example, by adding boron as elementary boron powder. Under this research project obtained were novel sintered materials, based on prealloyed and diffusion bonded powder, type: Distaloy SA, with the following chemical composition: Fe-1.75% Ni-1.5%Cu- 0.5%Mo with carbon (0.55%; 0.75% and boron (0.2%, 0.4% and 0.6%. Distaloy SA samples alloyed with carbon and boron were manufactured by mixing powders in a Turbula mixer, then compressed using a hydraulic press under a pressure of 600 MPa and sintered in a tube furnace at 1473 K, for a 60 minute time, in the hydrogen atmosphere. After the sintering process, there were performed density and porosity measurements as well as hardness tests and mechanical properties were carried out, too. Eventually, analyzed was the effect of boron upon density, hardness and mechanical properties of novel sintered construction parts made from Distaloy SA powder.

  16. Sintering of nickel steam reforming catalysts

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    Sehested, Jens; Larsen, Niels Wessel; Falsig, Hanne;

    2014-01-01

    . In this paper, particle migration and coalescence in nickel steam reforming catalysts is studied. Density functional theory calculations indicate that Ni-OH dominate nickel transport at nickel surfaces in the presence of steam and hydrogen as Ni-OH has the lowest combined energies of formation and diffusion...... compared to other potential nickel transport species. The relation between experimental catalyst sintering data and the effective mass diffusion constant for Ni-OH is established by numerical modelling of the particle migration and coalescence process. Using this relation, the effective mass diffusion...

  17. Silicon impacts on structure, stability and aromaticity of C20-nSin heterofullerenes (n = 1-10): A density functional perspective

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    Koohi, M.; Soleimani Amiri, S.; Shariati, M.

    2017-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are applied to compare and contrast silicon atom substitution doped C20-nSin heterofullerene analogous with n = 1-10, at B3LYP/AUG-cc-pVTZ. Vibrational frequency analysis confirms that all studied systems are true minima. Isolating the dopants is an applicable strategy for obtaining highly doped stable heterofullerenes, since it avoids weak silicon―silicon single bonds. Comparing and contrasting the optimized geometries shows that except C11Si9 and C10Si10 species (with deformed cages of segregated analogous), all eight fullerenic cages are the complete isolated-pentagon analogous. Hence, the dopants must be completely isolated from each other by means of strong Cdbnd C double bonds. Isolable or extractable fullerene isomers must be not only thermodynamically but also stable against electronic excitations. We then predicted that these isomers must have not only relatively large heats of atomization per carbon as a criterion of thermodynamic stability but also relatively large HOMO-LUMO energy separation against electronic excitations. The calculated the highest binding energy (6.52 eV/atom), heat of atomization per carbon (3193.2 kcal mol-1), band gap (2.86 eV) and nucleus independent chemical shift at the cage center (-50.00 ppm) for C18Si2 reveals it as the most stable heterofullerene. It has Ci symmetry and contains two silicon atoms in equatorial. High charge transfer on the surfaces of our scrutinized heterofullerenes provokes further investigations on their possible application for hydrogen storage. We hope that the present study will stimulate new experiments.

  18. Nanocrystalline silicon: lattice dynamics and enhanced thermoelectric properties.

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    Claudio, Tania; Stein, Niklas; Stroppa, Daniel G; Klobes, Benedikt; Koza, Michael Marek; Kudejova, Petra; Petermann, Nils; Wiggers, Hartmut; Schierning, Gabi; Hermann, Raphaël P

    2014-12-21

    Silicon has several advantages when compared to other thermoelectric materials, but until recently it was not used for thermoelectric applications due to its high thermal conductivity, 156 W K(-1) m(-1) at room temperature. Nanostructuration as means to decrease thermal transport through enhanced phonon scattering has been a subject of many studies. In this work we have evaluated the effects of nanostructuration on the lattice dynamics of bulk nanocrystalline doped silicon. The samples were prepared by gas phase synthesis, followed by current and pressure assisted sintering. The heat capacity, density of phonons states, and elastic constants were measured, which all reveal a significant, ≈25%, reduction in the speed of sound. The samples present a significantly decreased lattice thermal conductivity, ≈25 W K(-1) m(-1), which, combined with a very high carrier mobility, results in a dimensionless figure of merit with a competitive value that peaks at ZT≈ 0.57 at 973 °C. Due to its easily scalable and extremely low-cost production process, nanocrystalline Si prepared by gas phase synthesis followed by sintering could become the material of choice for high temperature thermoelectric generators.

  19. Sinterability and microstructure evolution during sintering of ferrous powder mixtures

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    Kétner Bendo Demétrio

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The present work is focused on ferrous powder metallurgy and presents some results of a development of a suitable masteralloy for use as an additive to iron powder for the production of sintered steels. The masteralloy was produced by melting a powder mixture containing approximately Fe + 20% Ni + 20% Mn + 20% Si + 1% C (wt%, in order to obtain a cast billet that was converted into fine powder by crushing and milling. It was observed presence of SiC in the masteralloy after melting that is undesirable in the alloy. Si element should be introduced by using ferrosilicon. Sintered alloys with distinct contents of alloying elements were prepared by mixing the masteralloy powder to plain iron powder. Samples were produced by die compaction of the powder mixtures and sintering at 1200 °C in a differential dilatometer in order to record their linear dimensional behaviour during heating up and isothermal sintering, aiming at studying the sinterability of the compacts. Microstructure development during sintering was studied by SEM, XRD and microprobe analyses.

  20. Lanthanide (Nd, Gd) compounds with garnet and monazite structures. Powders synthesis by "wet" chemistry to sintering ceramics by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Potanina, Ekaterina; Golovkina, Ludmila; Orlova, Albina; Nokhrin, Aleksey; Boldin, Maksim; Sakharov, Nikita

    2016-05-01

    Complex oxide Y2.5Nd0.5Al5O12 with garnet structure and phosphates NdPO4 and GdPO4 with monazite structure were obtained by using precipitation methods. Ceramics Y2.5Nd0.5Al5O12 and NdPO4 were processed by Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS). Relative density more 98%, sintering time did not exceed 8 min, sintering temperature 1330-1390 °C. Leaching rates of elements from ceramics were 10-6-10-7 g/(cm2 d). The process of ceramics sintering has two-stage character: the first step of sintering-compaction process is related to the plastic flow of the material, the second step-to the process of grain boundary diffusion and grain growth.

  1. Sintering behavior of mullite with addition of SiO2-MgO-Y2O3-SrCO3

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    Lim, Chang-Bin; Yeo, Dong-Hun; Shin, Hyo-Soon

    2013-12-01

    As the size of semiconducting silicon (Si) wafers increases, that of the ceramic substrate, which is main part of a semiconductor probing system, has also increased. The increased number of layers due to high integrity of Si wafers and the narrow pattern linewidths for impedance matching require the use of Cu-Mo conducting paste, rather than conventional Mo paste, for low electrical resistivity. For co-firing of a Cu-Mo electrode with a ceramic substrate, a green ceramic substrate with a printed pattern must be sintered at a temperature below 1400 °C. To obtain a mullite composition that can be co-fired with a Cu-Mo electrode at a temperature below 1400 °C, we added 1.0 wt% of SiO2, 1.0 wt% of MgO, 1.5 wt% of Y2O3, and 7.0 wt% of SrCO3 to a commercial mullite composition, and we sintered the specimen with that composition at 1350 °C in a reducing atmosphere to obtain a density of 3.20 g/cm3. The sintered specimen's coefficient of thermal expansion at temperatures from room temperature to 200 °C was 4.53 ppm/°C, which is acceptable for a semiconductor probing system.

  2. Mechanisms of Flash Sintering in Cubic Zirconia

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    Downs, John Axel

    2013-01-01

    The recently discovered flash sintering technique has shown that the application of a sufficiently large dc electric field (E-field) to a ceramic during sintering can cause sintering at temperatures several hundred degrees below conventional temperatures with sintering rates that allow for sintering in seconds rather than hours. This technique has already been demonstrated in wide range of ceramic materials including ionic conductors, electronic conductors, semi-conductors and insulators. Th...

  3. KINETICS OF DENSIFICATION PROCESSES OF POWDER MATERIALS UNDER ELECTROPULSE SINTERING

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    Grigoryev, E. G.

    2009-01-01

    The process of electropulse sintering of ferrous and high-speed steel powder materials by powerful pulse current and external pressure was investigated. Formation of high density and high strength structure of ferrous and highspeed steel powder materials was analyzed and optimal process parameters w

  4. Investigation of two-dimensional electron systems at low density on hydrogen-terminated silicon (111) surface

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    Hu, Binhui; Kott, Tomasz M.; Kane, B. E.

    2013-03-01

    Two-dimensional electron systems (2DESs) on hydrogen-terminated Si(111) surfaces show very high quality. The peak electron mobility of 325,000 cm2/Vs can be reached at T =90 mK and 2D electron density n2 d = 4 . 15 ×1011 cm-2, and the device shows the fractional quantum hall effect[1]. 2DESs on H-Si(111) at lower densities may exhibit new physics, because both valley degeneracy and effective mass lead to a large Wigner-Seitz radius rs at accessible densities. In these devices, phosphorus ion implantation is used to defined the contacts to the 2DESs[2]. The contacts themselves work at low temperature. However, at lower 2D electron density (ion implantation annealing parameters are adjusted to mitigate the issue. Possible measurement technique is also explored to overcome the problem.

  5. Density functional theory study on the full ALD process of silicon nitride thin film deposition via BDEAS or BTBAS and NH3.

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    Huang, Liang; Han, Bo; Han, Bing; Derecskei-Kovacs, Agnes; Xiao, Manchao; Lei, Xinjian; O'Neill, Mark L; Pearlstein, Ronald M; Chandra, Haripin; Cheng, Hansong

    2014-09-14

    A detailed reaction mechanism has been proposed for the full ALD cycle of Si3N4 deposition on the β-Si3N4(0001) surface using bis(diethylamino)silane (BDEAS) or bis(tertiarybutylamino)silane (BTBAS) as a Si precursor with NH3 acting as the nitrogen source. Potential energy landscapes were derived for all elementary steps in the proposed reaction network using a periodic slab surface model in the density functional approximation. Although the dissociative reactivity of BTBAS was slightly better than that of BDEAS, the thermal deposition process was still found to be an inherently high temperature process due to the high activation energies during the dissociative chemisorption of both precursors and the surface re-amination steps. These results underline the need to develop new precursors and alternative nitrogen sources when low temperature thermal silicon nitride films are targeted.

  6. Synthesis and Sintering of Mg2Si Thermoelectric Generator by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    YANG Meijun; ZHANG Lianmeng; SHEN Qiang

    2008-01-01

    Raw Mg,Si powder were used to fabricate Mg2Si bulk thermoelectric generator by spark plasma sintering (SPS).The optimum parameters to synthesize pure Mg2Si powder were found to be 823 K,0 MPa,10 min with excessive content of 10wt% Mg from the stoichiometric Mg2Si.Mg2Si bulk was synthesized and densified simultaneously at low temperature (823 K) and high pressure (higher than 100 MPa) from the raw powder,but Mg,Si could not react completely,and the sample was not very dense with some microcracks on the surface.Then,Mg,Si powder reacted at 823 K,0 MPa,10 min in SPS chamber to form Mg2Si green compact,again sintered by SPS at 1023 K,20 MPa,5 min.The fabricated sample only contained MgESi phase with fully relative density.

  7. Electrical Properties and Grain Growth Kinetics of PZN-based Ceramics Using Microwave Sintering

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    2007-01-01

    Effectiveness of microwave sintering process through investigation of microstructural characteristics and electrical properties of x(0.94PbZn1/3 Nb2/3O3 + 0.06BaTiO3) + (1 - x)PbZryTi1-yO3 (PBZNZT) ceramics with x = 0.6 and y = 0.52 was evaluated. The relative density of 95% was achieved with sintering at 800℃ for 2 h. The small grain growth exponents indicate how easy the grain growth in these materials sintered using microwave radiation. Grain growth rate increases abruptly and is higher than that of conventional sintering at a temperature higher than 1050℃. This is attributed to the lower activation energy and higher grain boundary mobility. The activation energy required for the grain growth is found to be 132kJ/mol. Higher remanent polarization (Pr = 50.1μC/cm2) and increase in remanent polarization with sintering temperature are observed in microwave sintering process when compared to that of conventional sintering process,due to fast increase in grain growth rate and homogeneity in the specimen. The results indicate lower sintering energy and reduction of PbO pollution in the working environment by microwave sintering process.

  8. Pressureless sintering of translucent MgO ceramics

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    Chen Dianying [Department of Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States); Jordan, Eric H. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States)], E-mail: jordan@engr.uconn.edu; Gell, Maurice [Department of Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States)

    2008-10-15

    MgO nanocrystalline powders were synthesized via a wet precipitation process. X-ray diffraction analysis of the heat-treated precursor powders shows that a crystalline MgO phase forms at {approx}500 deg. C. Translucent MgO ceramics were prepared by pressureless sintering the nanocrystalline MgO powders at 1400 deg. C for 2 h under ambient atmosphere. The as-sintered MgO ceramics have a relative density of 98.1% with an average hardness of 6.8 GPa. Scanning electron microscope characterization revealed that the translucent MgO ceramics have an average grain size of {approx}6 {mu}m.

  9. Ab initio quasi-particle approximation bandgaps of silicon nanowires calculated at density functional theory/local density approximation computational effort

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    Ribeiro, M., E-mail: ribeiro.jr@oorbit.com.br [Office of Operational Research for Business Intelligence and Technology, Principal Office, Buffalo, Wyoming 82834 (United States)

    2015-06-21

    Ab initio calculations of hydrogen-passivated Si nanowires were performed using density functional theory within LDA-1/2, to account for the excited states properties. A range of diameters was calculated to draw conclusions about the ability of the method to correctly describe the main trends of bandgap, quantum confinement, and self-energy corrections versus the diameter of the nanowire. Bandgaps are predicted with excellent accuracy if compared with other theoretical results like GW, and with the experiment as well, but with a low computational cost.

  10. Microwave sintering of doped nanocrystalline ZnO and characterization for varistor applications

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    Subasri, R., E-mail: subasri@arci.res.in [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Balapur, Hyderabad 500005 (India); Asha, M.; Hembram, K.; Rao, G.V.N.; Rao, T.N. [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Balapur, Hyderabad 500005 (India)

    2009-06-15

    Doped nanocrystalline zinc oxide powder with particle sizes ranging from 30 nm to 200 nm was synthesized by spray pyrolysis technique. The powder after calcination at 750 deg. C was consolidated and sintered using microwaves by employing different sintering schedules. The effect of heating rate on the density and electrical properties was studied. An optimized sintering temperature of 1100 deg. C was employed to obtain well-densified samples by both microwave and conventional processing. The sintered disks were characterized for their densities, microstructure, phase composition by X-ray diffraction and varistor properties like breakdown voltage, leakage current and non-linearity coefficient. The electrical properties obtained using microwave sintering technique was compared with those obtained on a conventionally sintered material as well as those of a commercially available product. The microwave sintered doped nanocrystalline ZnO yielded 98% dense bodies and a breakdown voltage of 9.6 kV cm{sup -1}, a leakage current of 0.25 {mu}A cm{sup -2} and a coefficient of non-linearity of 70 when compared to 4.3 kV cm{sup -1}, 1.2 {mu}A cm{sup -2} and 118 as measured for a conventionally sintered compact.

  11. Spark plasma sintering and porosity studies of uranium nitride

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    Johnson, Kyle D.; Wallenius, Janne; Jolkkonen, Mikael; Claisse, Antoine

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a number of samples of UN sintered by the SPS method have been fabricated, and highly pure samples ranging in density from 68% to 99.8%TD - corresponding to an absolute density of 14.25 g/cm3 out of a theoretical density of 14.28 g/cm3 - have been fabricated. By careful adjustment of the sintering parameters of temperature and applied pressure, the production of pellets of specific porosity may now be achieved between these ranges. The pore closure behaviour of the material has also been documented and compared to previous studies of similar materials, which demonstrates that full pore closure using these methods occurs near 97.5% of relative density.

  12. Corrosion behaviour of sintered duplex stainless steels

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    Utrilla, M. Victoria; Urena, Alejandro; Otero, Enrique; Munez, Claudio Jose [Escuela Superior de Ciencias Experimentales y Tecnologia, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, C/ Tulipan s/n, 28933 Mostoles, Madrid (Spain)

    2004-07-01

    Duplex austenite-ferrite stainless steels were prepared by mixing austenitic (316L) and ferritic (434L) atomized powders. Although different 316L/434L ratios were prepared, present work centred its study on 50% ferrite - 50% austenite sintered steel. The powders were mixed and pressed at 700 MPa and sintered at 1250 deg. C for 30 min in vacuum. The cooling rate was 5 deg. C/min. Solution treatment was carried out to homogenize the microstructure at 1100 deg. C during 20 min. A microstructural study of the material in solution was performed, evaluating the microstructure, proportion and shape of porosity, and ferrite percentage. This last was measured by two methods, quantitative metallography and Fischer ferrito-metry. The materials were heat treated in the range of 700 to 1000 deg. C, for 10, 30 and 60 min and water quenched, to study the microstructural changes and the influence on the intergranular corrosion resistance. The method used to evaluate the sensitization to the intergranular corrosion was the electrochemical potentio-kinetic reactivation procedure (EPR). The test solution was 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + 0,01 M KSCN at 30 deg. C. The criterion used to evaluate the sensitization was the ratio between the maximum reactivation density (Ir) and the maximum activation density (Ia). The results of the electrochemical tests were discussed in relation with the microstructures observed at the different heat treatments. (authors)

  13. Microstructure of pre-sintered permanent magnetic strontium ferrite powder

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    YU Hongya; LIU Zhengyi; ZENG Dechang

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure and characteristics of pre-sintered strontium ferrite powderwere investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The present study shows that the pre-sintered strontium ferrite powder is provided with a certain particle size distribution, which results in high-density magnets. The strontium ferrite particle has a laminar hexagonal structure with a size similar to ferrite single domain. Ferric oxidephase due to an incomplete solid phase reaction in the first sintering is discovered, which will deteriorate the magnetic properties of ferrite magnet. In addition, the waste ferrite magnets with needle shape arranging along C axis in good order into the powders are found, which have no negative effects on finished product quality.

  14. Spark plasma sintering of Mn-Al-C hard magnets.

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    Pasko, A; LoBue, M; Fazakas, E; Varga, L K; Mazaleyrat, F

    2014-02-12

    Structural and magnetic characterization of isotropic Mn-Al-C bulk samples obtained by spark plasma sintering (SPS) is reported. This technique, to the best of our knowledge, has not been used for preparation of Mn-Al-based permanent magnets previously. Transformation from the parent -phase to the ferromagnetic τ-phase occurred on heating in the process of sintering. The phase constitution of the melt-spun precursors and consolidated samples was determined by x-ray diffraction. Magnetic hysteresis loops were recorded using a vibrating sample magnetometer. The compositional dependence of the coercivity, magnetization and density of the sintered materials is analysed. To combine good magnetic properties with proper densification, further optimization of the production parameters is necessary.

  15. Thermal conductivity evaluation of initial stage sintering phenomena

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    Schlaefer, Constance Elaine

    The onset of sinter bonding and concomitant handling strength is a critical period in the processing of powder metallurgy materials. Mechanical characterization of this evolution during predensification sintering is difficult, due to the fragile nature of the materials. Thermal properties such as thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity also evolve during the onset of sinter bonding. This research investigates the potential for assessing mechanical strength through thermal diffusivity evaluation, using the non-contact technique of laser flash analysis. Thermal conductivity and transverse rupture strength were evaluated for a nickel powder system in three different formats: injection-molded, low-density die-compacted, and high-density die-compacted. Measurements focused on post-sintering strength and thermal conductivity evolution from 20 to 700°C for the first two formats. In situ strength was evaluated for the high-density die-compacted material. Thermal conductivity was demonstrated to be a linear function of neck diameter, versus a function of the neck area as anticipated. Strength evaluation confirmed previous research that strength is a function of the neck area. Based on both properties' dependence on neck size, an integrated relationship was constructed, allowing mechanical strength to be directly predicted from thermal conductivity measurement for the given system.

  16. Effects of flux concentrations and sintering temperature on dental porcelain

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    Ghose, Polash; Gafur, Md. Abdul; Das, Sujan Kumar; Ranjan Chakraborty, Shyamal; Mohsin, Md.; Deb, Arun Kumar; Rakibul Qadir, Md.

    2014-02-01

    In this study, samples of dental porcelain bodies have been made by using the materials collected from selected deposits employing different mixing proportions of clay, quartz and feldspar. Dental porcelain ceramics have been successfully fabricated by using the sintering technique together with some Na2CO3 additive. The dental porcelain powder has been pressed into pellets at first and subsequently sintered at 700, 800, 900, 1000 and 1100 °C for 2 h. The physical and mechanical properties of the prepared samples have been investigated. The sintering behavior of the fired samples has been evaluated by bulk density, linear shrinkage, water absorption and apparent porosity measurements. This study includes the evaluation of the Vickers's microhardness by microhardness tester. Phase analysis and microstructural study have been performed by XRD and optical microscope respectively. Optical properties have been investigated using UV-visible spectroscopy. Influence of firing conditions on leucite formation, densification and microstructural development of the sintered samples has been investigated. It has been found that the choice of sintering temperature is one of the key factors in controlling leucite crystallization in dental porcelain ceramics. It has also been found that the flux concentration of material and the effect of temperature on preparation of dental porcelain contribute to the firing shrinkage and hardness, which has been found to increase with the increase of treatment temperature.

  17. Laser Ceramics Sintering by Millimeter-Wave Heating

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    Egorov, S. V.; Bykov, Yu. V.; Eremeev, A. G.; Sorokin, A. A.

    2014-01-01

    Prospects for using microwave radiation to sinter optically transparent ceramics are stipulated by the absence of the heaters and screens contaminating the sintered material and the presence of the inverse temperature distribution in the product, which allows one to fabricate maximum-density ceramics. In this work, we present the results of studying the process of producing optically transparent Yb:YAG and Yb:(LaY)2O3 ceramics when the samples are sintered in the chamber of a gyrotron complex operated at a frequency of 24 GHz. The various-composition samples were manufactured by compaction of a mixture of commercially available powders (Yb:YAG ceramics) and the powders prepared by the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (Yb:(LaY)2O3 ceramics). The sintering temperatures were varied in the interval 1700-1900°C, the sintering time was varied from 2 to 20 h, and the residual-air pressure in the working chamber was 10 Pa. Lasing was obtained for the samples of both compositions.

  18. Charge density study with the Maximum Entropy Method on model data of silicon. A search for non-nuclear attractors

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    Vries, de R.Y.; Briels, W.J.; Feil, D.; Velde, te G.; Baerends, E.J.

    1996-01-01

    1990 Sakata and Sato applied the maximum entropy method (MEM) to a set of structure factors measured earlier by Saka and Kato with the Pendellösung method. They found the presence of non-nuclear attractors, i.e., maxima in the density between two bonded atoms. We applied the MEM to a limited set of

  19. Influence of silicon and silicon alloy on properties and structure of wear-resistant reaction-bonded silicon carbide%硅及硅合金对反应烧结SiC耐磨材料性能与结构的影响

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    侯永改; 朱国朝; 李文凤; 邹文俊; 祝聿霏

    2011-01-01

    本文首先分析了熔渗材料硅及硅合金的润湿性、流动性、烧失率的变化.结果表明:熔渗材料硅在1 430℃,硅铁合金在1 470℃时润湿角小(分别为0°和6°)、流动性大(分别为267%和198%)、烧失率小(均小于15%).同时分析了反应烧结SiC耐磨材料性能,并采用扫描电子显微镜、X射线衍射仪、EDS分别对其显微结构、主晶相和成分进行了表征.结果表明:熔渗温度为1 470 ℃,保温3 h时,熔渗硅铁合金时,制得SiC耐磨材料体积密度大(2.94 g/cm3),硬度高(3 054.45 Hv)、耐磨性高;结构致密且有少量的晶须存在,有利于材料的增强增韧.%This research work studied the changes of wettability, fluidity, and burning loss rate of silicon and silicon alloy during infiltration sintering for siliscon carbide. The results showed that, silicon and ferro-silicon alloy has small wetting angle (0°and 6° ,respectively), high mobility (267% and 198% ,respectively), and low ignition loss( below 1 5 % in average) , when the infiltration sintering temperature of silicon attained 1 430 ℃, and that of ferro-silicon alloy was 1 470 ℃. Furthermore, the researchers analysed the performances of the reaction-bonded silicon carbide by means of scanning electronic microscope, X-ray diffraction and EDS to characterize its rnicrostructure, main phase and compositions. Research results showed that when the temperature for infiltration sintering was 1 470 ℃, and this temperature being hold for 3 h, the reactionbonded silicon carbide can get high density ( 2.94 g/cm3 ), high hardness (3 054.45 Hv), and high wear resistance (the wear is 0.015 g); also, the compact structure with a few whiskers is beneficial to enhance the wear resistance and toughness of silicon carbide.

  20. Silver-capped silicon nanopillar platforms for adsorption studies of folic acid using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory

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    Castillo, Jaime; Rindzevicius, Tomas; Wu, Kaiyu

    2015-01-01

    The study of the interactions of folic acid (FA) with surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates is relevant for understanding its adsorption mechanismand for fabricating analytical devices for detection ofmalignant cells over-expressing folate receptors. This paper presents a study of the adso......The study of the interactions of folic acid (FA) with surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates is relevant for understanding its adsorption mechanismand for fabricating analytical devices for detection ofmalignant cells over-expressing folate receptors. This paper presents a study...... of the adsorption of FA on silver-capped silicon nanopillar substrates employing surface enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. The experimentally observed vibrations from free FA and FA bound to the Ag surface display different vibrational spectra indicating chemical...... interaction of the molecule with the metal surface. Density functional theory calculations show that the Ag–FA interaction is primarily through the nitrogen from the pteridine ring anchoring to the Ag metal surface. To investigate the Ag–FA binding behavior further, the adsorption isotherm of FA on the silver...

  1. Effect of Y2O3, CeO2 on Sintering Properties of Si3N4 Ceramics

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    苏盛彪; 包亦望; 王黎; 李竟先

    2003-01-01

    The effect of rare earth oxides Y2O3 or CeO2 on sintering properties of Si3N4 ceramics was studied and the mechanism of assisting action during sintering was analyzed. The results indicate that the best sintering properties appear in Si3N4 ceramics with 5% Y2O3 or 8% CeO2. Secondary crystallites are formed at grain boundaries after heat treatment, which decreases the amount of glass phase and contributes to the improvement of high-temperature mechanical properties of silicon nitride.

  2. Hybrids of organic molecules and flat, oxide-free silicon: high-density monolayers, electronic properties, and functionalization.

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    Li, Yan; Calder, Steven; Yaffe, Omer; Cahen, David; Haick, Hossam; Kronik, Leeor; Zuilhof, Han

    2012-07-03

    Since the first report of Si-C bound organic monolayers on oxide-free Si almost two decades ago, a substantial amount of research has focused on studying the fundamental mechanical and electronic properties of these Si/molecule surfaces and interfaces. This feature article covers three closely related topics, including recent advances in achieving high-density organic monolayers (i.e., atomic coverage >55%) on oxide-free Si(111) substrates, an overview of progress in the fundamental understanding of the energetics and electronic properties of hybrid Si/molecule systems, and a brief summary of recent examples of subsequent functionalization on these high-density monolayers, which can significantly expand the range of applicability. Taken together, these topics provide an overview of the present status of this active area of research.

  3. Fabrication and characterization of spark plasma sintered Ce:LuAG ceramic for scintillation application

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    Kumar, S. Arun; Senthilselvan, J., E-mail: jsselvan@hotmail.com [Department of Nuclear Physics, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai–600 025, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2016-05-23

    Rare earth Cerium doped Lutetium Aluminum Garnet (Ce:LuAG) ceramics are widely used as phosphor material in medical imaging and high-energy physics. Due to its technological importance, an attempt has been made to fabricate Ce:LuAG ceramics by using spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. XRD patterns of SPS sintered Ce:LuAG ceramics reveals a mixed LuAG and CeO{sub 2} (antisite defect) phases. The microstructures of SPS sintered Ce:LuAG ceramics shows limited densification, inappropriate compaction of particles and existence of residual pores, voids between the grain boundaries affects the transparency of Ce:LuAG ceramics. Relative density and hardness of post sintered Ce:LuAG ceramic is also determined. The effect of Ce{sup 3+} doping concentration and sintering temperature on optical luminescence behavior of Ce:LuAG ceramic is presented.

  4. Two-Phase Master Sintering Curve for 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

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    Jung, Im Doo; Ha, Sangyul; Park, Seong Jin; Blaine, Deborah C.; Bollina, Ravi; German, Randall M.

    2016-11-01

    The sintering behavior of 17-4 PH stainless steel has been efficiently characterized by a two-phase master sintering curve model (MSC). The activation energy for the sintering of gas-atomized and water-atomized 17-4 PH powders is derived using the mean residual method, and the relative density of both powders is well predicted by the two-phase MSC model. The average error between dilatometry data and MSC model has been reduced by 68 pct for gas-atomized powder and by 45 pct for water-atomized powder through the consideration of phase transformation of 17-4 PH in MSC model. The effect of δ-ferrite is considered in the two-phase MSC model, leading to excellent explanation of the sintering behavior for 17-4 PH stainless steel. The suggested model is useful in predicting the densification and phase change phenomenon during sintering of 17-4 PH stainless steel.

  5. Flash sintering of dielectric nanoparticles as a percolation phenomenon through a softened film

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    Chaim, Rachman; Chevallier, Geoffroy; Weibel, Alicia; Estournès, Claude

    2017-04-01

    Recent work [Biesuz et al., J. Appl. Phys. 120, 145107 (2016)] showed analogies between the flash sintering and dielectric breakdown in α-aluminas pre-sintered to different densities. Here, we show that flash sintering of dielectric nanoparticles can be described as a universal behavior by the percolation model. The electrical system is composed of particles and their contact point resistances, the latter softened first due to preferred local Joule heating and thermal runaway during the flash. Local softening has a hierarchical and invasive nature and propagates between the electrodes. The flash event signals the percolation threshold by invasive nature of the softened layer at the particle surfaces. Rapid densification is associated with local particle rearrangements due to attractive capillary forces induced by the softened film at the particle contacts. Flash sintering is a critical phenomenon with a self-organizing character. The experimental electric conductivity results from flash sintering are in full agreement with those calculated from the percolation model.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of spark plasma sintered Ce:LuAG ceramic for scintillation application

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    Kumar, S. Arun; Senthilselvan, J.

    2016-05-01

    Rare earth Cerium doped Lutetium Aluminum Garnet (Ce:LuAG) ceramics are widely used as phosphor material in medical imaging and high-energy physics. Due to its technological importance, an attempt has been made to fabricate Ce:LuAG ceramics by using spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. XRD patterns of SPS sintered Ce:LuAG ceramics reveals a mixed LuAG and CeO2 (antisite defect) phases. The microstructures of SPS sintered Ce:LuAG ceramics shows limited densification, inappropriate compaction of particles and existence of residual pores, voids between the grain boundaries affects the transparency of Ce:LuAG ceramics. Relative density and hardness of post sintered Ce:LuAG ceramic is also determined. The effect of Ce3+ doping concentration and sintering temperature on optical luminescence behavior of Ce:LuAG ceramic is presented.

  7. Characterization of Green-Emitting Translucent Zinc Oxide Ceramics Prepared Via Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Hong, Mei [University of California; DeVito, David M [ORNL; Howe, Jane Y [ORNL; Yang, Xiaocheng [West Virginia University; Giles, Nancy C. [Air Force Institute of Technology; Neal, John S [ORNL; Munir, Zuhair [University of California

    2011-01-01

    Translucent, green-emitting zinc oxide (ZnO) bodies, 19 mm in diameter and 0.72 mm in thickness, have been prepared via spark plasma sintering method. The consolidation of ZnO powders was investigated over the temperature range of 550-1050 C and the pressure range of 55-530 MPa. Samples sintered at temperatures >850 C and pressures of {approx}120 MPa were translucent and had densities of {approx}100%. Samples sintered at 950 C and 130 MPa showed a higher maximum transmittance than the samples sintered at higher or lower temperatures or pressures, with an excellent in-line transmission of 70% in the IR region around 2330 nm. The dense ZnO ceramics exhibited a strong green emission and a weak ultraviolet emission, and the relative intensity of the green emission increased with increasing sintering temperature.

  8. Microwave synthesis and sintering characteristics of CaCu3Ti4O12

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    P Thomas; L N Sathapathy; K Dwarakanath; K B R Varma

    2007-12-01

    CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) was synthesized and sintered by microwave processing at 2.45 GHz, 1.1 kW. The optimum calcination temperature using microwave heating was determined to be 950°C for 20 min to obtain cubic CCTO powders. The microwave processed powders were sintered to 94% density at 1000°C/60 min. The microstructural studies carried out on these ceramics revealed the grain size to be in the range 1–7 m. The dielectric constants for the microwave sintered (1000°C/60 min) ceramics were found to vary from 11000–7700 in the 100 Hz–100 kHz frequency range. Interestingly the dielectric loss had lower values than those sintered by conventional sintering routes and decreases with increase in frequency.

  9. Structural characterization of liquid phase sintered silicon carbide by high-resolution X-ray diffractometry Caracterização estrutural do carbeto de silício sinterizado na presença de fase líquida por difratometria de raios X de alta resolução

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    C. A. Kelly

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Silicon carbide (SiC was sintered using two different additives: AlN-Y2O3 or AlN-CRE2O3. CRE2O3 is a mixed oxide formed by Y2O3 and rare-earth oxides. The crystalline structures of the phases were analyzed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction using synchrotron light source. The results of the Rietveld refinement of the mixed oxide show a solid solution formation. In both silicon carbide samples prepared using AlN-Y2O3 or AlN-CRE2O3 3C (beta-phase and 6H (alpha-phase polytypes were found. The structural and microstructural results for both samples were similar. This is an indication of the viability of the use of CRE2O3 in substitution for Y2O3 as additive to obtain dense materials.Amostras de carbeto de silício (SiC foram sinterizadas com dois aditivos: AlN-Y2O3 ou AlN-CRE2O3. CRE2O3 é um óxido misto formado por Y2O3 e óxidos de terras raras. A estrutura cristalina das fases nas amostras foi analisada através de difração de raios X de alta resolução com fonte de luz síncrotron. Os resultados de refinamento do óxido misto pelo método de Rietveld mostraram a formação de uma solução sólida. Em ambas as amostras preparadas usando AlN- Y2O3 ou AlN- CRE2O3 foram detectados politipos 3C (fase beta e 6H (fase alfa. Os resultados estruturais e microestruturais das duas amostras mostraram-se similares. Esta é uma indicação da viabilidade do uso de CRE2O3 em substituição a Y2O3 como aditivo para a obtenção de materiais cerâmicos densos.

  10. Oxygen defect processes in silicon and silicon germanium

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    Chroneos, A.

    2015-06-18

    Silicon and silicon germanium are the archetypical elemental and alloy semiconductor materials for nanoelectronic, sensor, and photovoltaic applications. The investigation of radiation induced defects involving oxygen, carbon, and intrinsic defects is important for the improvement of devices as these defects can have a deleterious impact on the properties of silicon and silicon germanium. In the present review, we mainly focus on oxygen-related defects and the impact of isovalent doping on their properties in silicon and silicon germanium. The efficacy of the isovalent doping strategies to constrain the oxygen-related defects is discussed in view of recent infrared spectroscopy and density functional theory studies.

  11. Oxygen defect processes in silicon and silicon germanium

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    Chroneos, A., E-mail: alexander.chroneos@imperial.ac.uk [Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB (United Kingdom); Department of Materials, Imperial College London, London SW7 2BP (United Kingdom); Sgourou, E. N.; Londos, C. A. [Solid State Section, Physics Department, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, Zografos, 157 84 Athens (Greece); Schwingenschlögl, U. [PSE Division, KAUST, Thuwal 23955-6900 (Saudi Arabia)

    2015-06-15

    Silicon and silicon germanium are the archetypical elemental and alloy semiconductor materials for nanoelectronic, sensor, and photovoltaic applications. The investigation of radiation induced defects involving oxygen, carbon, and intrinsic defects is important for the improvement of devices as these defects can have a deleterious impact on the properties of silicon and silicon germanium. In the present review, we mainly focus on oxygen-related defects and the impact of isovalent doping on their properties in silicon and silicon germanium. The efficacy of the isovalent doping strategies to constrain the oxygen-related defects is discussed in view of recent infrared spectroscopy and density functional theory studies.

  12. Melting and Sintering of Ashes

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    Hansen, Lone Aslaug

    1997-01-01

    The thesis contains an experimental study of the fusion and sintering of ashes collected during straw and coal/straw co-firing.A laboratory technique for quantitative determination of ash fusion has been developed based on Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA). By means of this method the fraction...... of melt in the investigated ashes has been determined as a function of temperature. Ash fusion results have been correlated to the chemical and mineralogical composition of the ashes, to results from a standard ash fusion test and to results from sintering experiments. Furthermore, the ash fusion results......-firing, the model only had a qualitative agreement with the measured ash deposit formation rates.Sintering measurements were carried out by means of compression strength testing of ash pellets. This method showed to not be applicable for the salt rich fly ash derived from straw combustion. For the fly ashes...

  13. Microstructure and thermal properties of Cu-SiC composite materials depending on the sintering technique

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    Chmielewski Marcin

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The presented paper investigates the relationship between the microstructure and thermal properties of copper-silicon carbide composites obtained through hot pressing (HP and spark plasma sintering (SPS techniques. The microstructural analysis showed a better densification in the case of composites sintered in the SPS process. TEM investigations revealed the presence of silicon in the area of metallic matrix in the region close to metal-ceramic boundary. It is the product of silicon dissolving process in copper occurring at an elevated temperature. The Cu-SiC interface is significantly defected in composites obtained through the hot pressing method, which has a major influence on the thermal conductivity of materials.

  14. Application of Silicon Nitride (Si3N4 Ceramics in Ball Bearing

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    Wijianto Wijianto

    2016-08-01

    operation up to 1000°C, greater thermal shock resistance, lower density and low thermal expansion. This properties gives some benefit for ball bearing material such as higher running speed, reduce vibration of the shaft, will improve the life time and maintenance cost, lower heat generated, less energy consumption, lower wear rate, reducing noise level and reduce of using lubricant. The sintering methods are used to produce ball bearing from silicon nitride. Some techniques can be applied to increase ceramics strength which are reduce porosity, reduce grain size, reduce surface flaw and proof stressing. The surface finishing of the ceramic bearing is very important because silicon nitride as a brittle material, its strength is limited to the flaw sizes especially the flaw at the surface.

  15. Recycling of mill scale in sintering process

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    El-Hussiny N.A.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This investigation deals with the effect of replacing some amount of Baharia high barite iron ore concentrate by mill scale waste which was characterized by high iron oxide content on the parameters of the sintering process., and investigation the effect of different amount of coke breeze added on sintering process parameters when using 5% mill scale waste with 95% iron ore concentrate. The results of this work show that, replacement of iron ore concentrate with mill scale increases the amount of ready made sinter, sinter strength and productivity of the sinter machine and productivity at blast furnace yard. Also, the increase of coke breeze leads to an increase the ready made sinter and productivity of the sintering machine at blast furnace yard. The productivity of the sintering machine after 5% decreased slightly due to the decrease of vertical velocity.

  16. Microstructural evolution during direct laser sintering of multi-component Cu-based metal powder

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    SHEN Yi-fu; GU Dong-dong; WU Peng; YANG Jia-lin; WANG Yang

    2005-01-01

    A multi-component Cu-based metal powder was chosen for direct laser sintering. The powder consists of a mixture of high-purity Cu powder, pre-alloyed CuSn and CuP powder. Liquid phase sintering with complete melting of the binder (CuSn) but non-melting of the cores of structural metal (Cu) proves to be a feasible mechanism for laser sintering of this powder system. The microstructural evolution of the sintered powder with variation of laser processing parameters was presented. High sintering activities and sound densification response were obtained by optimizing the laser powers and scan speeds. Using a high laser power accompanied by a high scan speed gives rise to balling effect. At a high laser power with a slow scan speed the sintering mechanism may change into complete melting/solidification, which decreases the obtainable sintered density. The role of additive phosphorus in the laser sintering process is addressed. Phosphorus can act as a fluxing agent and has a preferential reaction with oxygen to form phosphatic slag, protecting the Cu particles from oxidation. The phosphatic slag shows a concentration along grain boundaries due to its light mass as well as the short thermal cycle of SLS.

  17. Influence of phosphorus element on direct laser sintering of multicomponent Cu-based metal powder

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    Gu, D. D.; Shen, Y. F.

    2006-12-01

    This article presents a detailed investigation on the influence of the phosphorus element upon the laser sintering of a multicomponent Cu-based metal powder system consisting of Cu, Cu-10Sn, and Cu-8.4P. Powder systems containing 0, 10, 15, and 20 wt pct CuP were sintered in atmosphere at room temperature using the following optimal processing parameters: laser power of 350 W, scan speed of 0.04 m/s, scan line spacing of 0.15 mm, and layer thickness of 0.25 mm. It was found that the relative density of the sintered sample with 15 wt pct CuP increased by 24,4 pct as compared with the sample without phosphorus addition. A further increase in the CuP content (≥20 wt pct), however, resulted in a poor densification with a serious delamination. The exact metallurgical roles of the phosphorus element in the laser sintering process were addressed as follows. First, the phosphorus could prevent the sintering system from oxidation by forming CuPO3, thereby improving the wetting characteristics and the sintering kinetics. Second, the phosphorus could decrease the surface tension of molten materials, leading to a successive transition from highly discontinuous sintered tracks to fairly coherent ones with increasing the phosphorus content. Third, the phosphorus could lower the melt viscosity, thereby improving the microstructural homogeneity of the laser-sintered samples.

  18. Sintering Characteristics of Iron and Cobalt Doped Silver-tungsten Metal-matrix Composites

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    Mahir Es-saheb

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Silver-Tungsten composites are known as electrical contact materials used in circuit breakers and industrial relays. The performance of the contact during their service life depends upon high strength and anti-weld properties of these materials. Despite their promising industrial applications, the literature dealing with their production route is still limited. Therefore, a comprehensive study exploring the structure related properties with great emphasis on the sintering process of these materials is carried out. Therefore, in this study, the successful production of a homogeneous composite powder with controlled tungsten particle size using co-precipitation and two stage reduction techniques is followed by the compaction and sintering processes. Thus, high density compacts are produced from Fe and Co doped silver-tungsten powder using powder metallurgy technique. Various environments and sintering conditions, including N2 atmosphere and temperatures up to 1000°C, to obtain successful compacts from both doped and un-doped powders, are investigated. The morphologies and the microstructures of the sintered compacts obtained under the different sintering conditions are characterized and assessed using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM. Results display excellent agreement with the published studies and no evidence was found for the activated sintering of silver-tungsten by Fe additions. Also, the homogeneity of silver-tungsten in compacts is completely lost in the Fe-doped powders. However, Co additions help to facilitate the sintering between silver and tungsten whilst retaining a high homogeneity between the silver and tungsten in the sintered product.

  19. Translucence in dental prosthesis based on zirconia ceramics: effect of the sintering parameters; Translucidez em proteses dentarias a base de zirconia estabilizada com itria: efeito dos parametros de sinterizacao

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    Santos, C., E-mail: claudinei@demar.eel.usp.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Lorena, SP (Brazil). Escola de Engenharia; Costa, L.; Habibe, R.H.; Souza, J.V.C.; Habibe, C.H. [Centro Universitario de Volta Redonda (MeMAT/UNIFOA), RJ (Brazil). Pro-Reitoria de Pesquisa e Extensao; Silva, O.M.M. [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial (CTA/IAE/AMR), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    In this work the translucence of Zirconia dental ceramics was evaluated as function of sintering conditions (temperature and isothermal holding time). Samples with 15x15x1mm, were sintered at 1450 to 1600 deg C, with holding of 2h or 4h. Sintered samples were characterized by relative density, crystalline phases and microstructural aspects. Full density was obtained in samples sintered at 1530 and 1600 deg C, which presented higher grain sizes. Na increasing of translucence was observed in samples sintered at 1530 and 1600, correlating these properties with increasing of density and grain size of the samples. (author)

  20. Chemically produced tungsten-praseodymium oxide composite sintered by spark plasma sintering

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    Ding, Xiao-Yu; Luo, Lai-Ma; Lu, Ze-Long; Luo, Guang-Nan; Zhu, Xiao-Yong; Cheng, Ji-Gui; Wu, Yu-Cheng

    2014-11-01

    Pr2O3 doped W composite were synthesized by a novel wet chemical method and spark plasma sintering. The grain size, relative density and the Vicker hardness HV0.2 of Pr2O3/W samples were 4 μm, 98.3% and 377.2, respectively. The tensile strength values of Pr2O3/W were higher than those of pure W. As the temperature rises from 25 °C to 800 °C, the conductivity of pure W and W-1 wt% Pr2O3 composites decreased with the same trend, was above 150 W/m K.

  1. A study on the phenomena of flash-sintering with tetragonal zirconia

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    Francis, John Stanley Curtis

    A new method for the sintering of ceramics will be presented in detail. This method called Flash-Sintering was first reported in 2010 by Cologna et al. In Flash-Sintering an electric field is applied across a "green" sample with a pair of electrodes and the sintering is measured as a function of the field and temperature. The electric field is shown to remarkably enhance densification. Both the sintering time to achieve near full density and the temperature required are reduced substantially. These changes allow for sintering of 3m% yttria stabilized zirconia at furnace temperatures below 850°C in a matter of seconds. The objective of this dissertation is to understand the phenomenological behavior of flash-sintering. This new method is a highly non-linear event which occurs at a particular temperature for a given applied field and sintering is accompanied by an abrupt rise in the conductivity. The development of relationships between the electrical control parameters, the sintering behavior, and the evolution of the microstructure are the principal themes of this doctoral research. The present work covers the following topics: (i) The influence of uniaxial pressure applied in combination with electrical field on sintering and superplastic deformation, which show an equivalence between mechanical and electrical driving forces, (ii) A shift of the flash to a higher temperature with increasing particle size of the ceramic powders, (iii) The influence of the electric field on the incubation time for the onset of the flash in experiments carried out at isothermal furnace temperatures, and the effect of the current density immediately following the flash on densification, (iv) The relationship between electrical parameters on microstructure (grain size) evolution, (v) A comparison with the microstructure and mechanical strength of specimens prepared by conventional sintering, and (vi) Measurement of luminescence spectra, which lies in the visible range, that

  2. Synthesis, Sintering, and Electrical Properties of BaCe0.9−xZrxY0.1O3−δ

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    S. Ricote

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available BaCe0.9−xZrxY0.1O3−δ powders were synthesized by a solid-state reaction. Different contents of cerium and zirconium were studied. Pellets were sintered using either conventional sintering in air at 1700∘C or the Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS technique. The density of the samples sintered by SPS is much higher than by conventional sintering. Higher values of ionic conductivity were obtained for the SPS sample.

  3. Influence of the flux density on the radiation damage of bipolar silicon transistors by protons and electrons

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    Bannikov, Y.; Gorin, B.; Kozhevnikov, V.; Mikhnovich, V.; Gusev, L.

    1981-11-01

    It was found experimentally that the radiation damage of bipolar n-p-n transistors increased by a factor of 8--12 when the proton flux density was reduced from 4.07 x 10/sup 10/ to 2.5 x 10/sup 7/ cm/sup -2/ sec /sup -1/. In the case of p-n-p transistors the effect was opposite: there was a reduction in the radiation damage by a factor of 2--3 when the dose rate was lowered between the same limits. A similar effect was observed for electrons but at dose rates three orders of magnitude greater. The results were attributed to the dependences of the radiation defect-forming reactions on the charge state of defects which was influenced by the formation of disordered regions in the case of proton irradiation.

  4. Alternative sintering methods compared to conventional thermal sintering for inkjet printed silver nanoparticle ink

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    Niittynen, Juha, E-mail: juha.niittynen@tut.fi [Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Korkeakoulunkatu 3, 33720 Tampere (Finland); Abbel, Robert [Holst Centre, High Tech Campus 31, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands); Mäntysalo, Matti [Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Korkeakoulunkatu 3, 33720 Tampere (Finland); Perelaer, Jolke; Schubert, Ulrich S. [Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstrasse 10, D-07743 Jena (Germany); Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstrasse 10, D-07743 Jena (Germany); Lupo, Donald [Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Korkeakoulunkatu 3, 33720 Tampere (Finland)

    2014-04-01

    In this contribution several alternative sintering methods are compared to traditional thermal sintering as high temperature and long process time of thermal sintering are increasing the costs of inkjet-printing and preventing the use of this technology in large scale manufacturing. Alternative sintering techniques are evaluated based on the electrical and mechanical performance they enable on inkjet-printed structures as well as their potential feasibility for large scale manufacturing. Photonic sintering was identified as the most promising alternative to thermal sintering. - Highlights: • Comparison of alternative sintering techniques for large-scale electronics manufacturing • Laser, plasma and photonic sintering of nanoparticle silver ink tested • Electrical and mechanical properties of sintered inks tested • Microstructure analysis used to explain the different electrical and mechanical properties • Photonic sintering identified as the most promising alternative technique.

  5. Modeling the microstructural evolution during constrained sintering

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    Bjørk, Rasmus; Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Pryds, Nini

    A mesoscale numerical model able to simulate solid state constrained sintering is presented. The model couples an existing kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) model for free sintering with a finite element method for calculating stresses. The sintering behavior of a sample constrained by a rigid substrate ...

  6. Dislocation generation during early stage sintering.

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    Sheehan, J. E.; Lenel, F. V.; Ansell, G. S.

    1973-01-01

    Discussion of the effects of capillarity-induced stresses on dislocations during early stage sintering. A special version of Hirth's (1963) theoretical calculation procedures modified to describe dislocation nucleation on planes meeting the sintering body's neck surface obliquely is shown to predict plastic flow at stress levels know to exist between micron size metal particles in the early stages of sintering.

  7. Effects of rare earth addition on sintering process and dielectric property of cordierite based glass-ceramics

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    陈国华; 刘心宇

    2004-01-01

    The effects of rare earth oxide on the sintering and dielectric property of cordierite-based glass-ceramics with non-stoichiometric composition prepared by quenching of molten droplets were investigated. The results show that the addition of rare earth oxide can lower the sintering temperature of cordierite glass-ceramics, improve the densification process and obviously reduce sintering activation energy. It is found that the densification of cordieritebased glass-ceramics is a liquid phase sintering process. The dielectric constant of the sintered compacts enhances with the increase of the density. When the sintering temperature is identical, the rare earth addition is found to have a noticeable effect on the dielectric loss of glass-ceramics. The properties of the glass-ceramics containing rare earth oxide appear to be correct for low firing temperature substrates.

  8. Master Sintering Surface: A practical approach to its construction and utilization for Spark Plasma Sintering prediction

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    Pouchly V.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The sintering is a complex thermally activated process, thus any prediction of sintering behaviour is very welcome not only for industrial purposes. Presented paper shows the possibility of densification prediction based on concept of Master Sintering Surface (MSS for pressure assisted Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS. User friendly software for evaluation of the MSS is presented. The concept was used for densification prediction of alumina ceramics sintered by SPS.

  9. PROCESS AND MECHANISM OF MICROWAVE SINTERING OF SiC-Cu/Al COMPOSITES%微波烧结SiC-Cu/Al复合材料的工艺及机理

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    王海龙; 张锐; 汪长安; 何小波; 黄勇; 胡行

    2006-01-01

    Aluminum matrix composites reinforced by silicon carbide/copper coated particles (SiC-Cu/Al) were prepared using microwave sintering. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques were used to characterize the sintered compacts. The process and mechanism of microwave sintering were discussed. It was found that the assistant-heating structure which was set up by mullite heat-preservation material, silicon carbide (SiC) rods and alumina crucible can effectively enhance the process of densification during sintering. The highest density of SiC-Cu/Al composites was 2.53 g/cm3 at 720 ℃. The saddle-shaped profile of the hardness with sintering temperature was detected. Correspondingly, different microstructures were observed at different temperatures. The uniformity of disturbed phases decreased with increasing temperature. Segregation of SiC grains occurred at high temperatures. Induction losses caused by both eddy currents and interfacial polarization were contributed to successful sintering.%用微波烧结工艺成功制备了铜包裹碳化硅颗粒增强铝基(SiC-Cu/Al)复合材料,利用扫描电镜和X射线衍射分析仪对烧结样品进行表征,并讨论了烧结过程及机理.研究表明:采用多晶莫来石纤维棉、硅碳棒和氧化铝坩锅组合设计的保温结构能很好地促进烧结.烧结温度为720℃时,SiC-Cu/Al复合材料的密度取得最大值为2.53g/cm3.SiC-Cu/Al复合材料的硬度随烧结温度的升高的变化成马鞍状.烧结温度对样品显微结构的影响较大,随着烧结温度的升高,相分布的均匀性降低,在较高的烧结温度下会出现SiC颗粒的偏聚.涡流损耗和界面极化损耗是促进微波烧结的主要动力.

  10. Effect of nanoscale powders and microwave sintering on densification of alumina ceramics

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    Yun, Han-Sol; Kim, Jong-Chan; Jeong, Dae-Yong; Cho, Nam-Hee

    2016-11-01

    Nanoscale alumina (Al2O3) powders with an average size of 100, 200, or 300 nm were sintered to investigate the effects of the initial powder size on the densification behavior under the application of microwaves (2.45 GHz, 2 kW). The sintering was performed using microwave-assisted sintering (MWS) and conventional sintering (CS) methods in the temperature range of 1100-1600 °C for 0-180 min. The Al2O3 samples prepared with the 100-nm-sized powders using MWS exhibited a relative density (RD) of over 90% when sintered at 1200 °C for 10 min; the same RD was achieved at 1500 °C when the sintering was performed for the same time using CS. However, a sintering temperature difference of 100 °C for a RD of 90% was observed between the MWS and CS methods for the 300-nm-sized powders. Nano-grained ( 290 nm) Al2O3 ceramics with a high density of ≥90% were obtained from nanoscale powders ( 100 nm) using MWS methods. The response of the nanoscale powders to microwaves was more significant as the initial powder size decreased from 300 to 100 nm.

  11. Development of Sintered Si3N4 for High Performance Thermomechanical Applications.

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    1984-01-01

    material had unexcelled creep and oxidation characteristics relative to any sintered Si3 N4 reported to date . The absolute strength of the material at room...experi- ments conducted on Lots A-L0 and A-18. The oxygen content is listed for each compostion , since it was previously established, with SN502 powder...Silicon Nitride, ibid 10 1169-74 (1975). 15. M. Mitomo, "Pressure Sintering of Si 3N411, ibid 11, 1103-07 (1976). 16. C. Greskovich and 3.A. Palm

  12. Performance potential of low-defect density silicon thin-film solar cells obtained by electron beam evaporation and laser crystallisation

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    Kim K. H.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A few microns thick silicon films on glass coated with a dielectric intermediate layer can be crystallised by a single pass of a line-focused diode laser beam. Under favorable process conditions relatively large linear grains with low defect density are formed. Most grain boundaries are defect-free low-energy twin-boundaries. Boron-doped laser crystallised films are processed into solar cells by diffusing an emitter from a phosphorous spin-on-dopant source, measuring up to 539 mV open-circuit voltage prior to metallisation. After applying a point-contact metallisation the best cell achieves 7.8% energy conversion efficiency, open-circuit voltage of 526 mV and short-circuit current of 26 mA/cm2. The efficiency is significantly limited by a low fill-factor of 56% due to the simplified metallisation approach. The internal quantum efficiency of laser crystallised cells is consistent with low front surface recombination. By improving cell metallisation and enhancing light-trapping the efficiencies of above 13% can be achieved.

  13. Structure, stability, and dissociation of small ionic silicon oxide clusters [SiO{sub n}{sup +}(n = 3, 4)]: Insight from density functional and topological exploration

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    Sen, Kaushik; Ghosh, Deepanwita; Pakhira, Srimanta; Banu, Tahamida; Das, Abhijit K., E-mail: spakd@iacs.res.in [Department of Spectroscopy, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2013-12-21

    The structures, energies, isomerization, and decomposition pathways of small ionic silicon oxide clusters, SiO{sub n}{sup +} (n = 3, 4), on doublet and quartet energy surfaces are investigated by density functional theory. New structural isomers of these ionic clusters have been obtained with this systematic study. The energy ordering of the isomeric cluster ions on doublet spin surface is found to follow the same general trend as that of the neutral ones, while it differs on the quartet surface. Our computational results reveal the energetically most preferred decomposition pathways of the ionic clusters on both spin surfaces. To comprehend the reaction mechanism, bonding evolution theory has also been employed using atoms in molecules formalism. The possible reasons behind the structural deformation of some isomers on quartet surface have also been addressed. Our results are expected to provide important insight into the decomposition mechanism and relative stability of the SiO{sub n}{sup +} clusters on both the energy surfaces.

  14. Improvement of strength of carbon nanotube-dispersed Si3N4 ceramics by bead milling and adding lower-temperature sintering aids

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    Mitsuaki Matsuoka

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Studies on the dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs in silicon nitride (Si3N4 ceramics to provide the latter with electrical conductivity have been carried out in recent years. The density and the strength of Si3N4 ceramics were degraded, however, because the CNTs prevented Si3N4 from densifying. The CNTs disappeared after firing at high temperatures owing to the reaction between CNTs and Si3N4 or SiO2, or both Si3N4 and SiO2. In order to improve the density and suppress the reaction, sintering aids for lower-temperature densification of Si3N4 are needed. In this study, we added HfO2 as a sintering aid to a Si3N4–Y2O3–Al2O3–AlN–TiO2 system to fabricate CNT-dispersed Si3N4 ceramics at lower temperatures. Furthermore, bead milling was applied to disperse the CNTs homogeneously. Agglomerates of CNTs were pulverized by bead milling without obvious changes in morphology to eliminate larger fracture origins in CNT-dispersed ceramics. As a result of both the addition of HfO2 and bead milling, we successfully fabricated dense CNT-dispersed Si3N4 ceramics with high strength and electrical conductivity.

  15. Thermal conductivity of pressureless sintered Si3N4 ceramics with Li-exchanged zeolite

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    SNEZANA BOSKOVIC

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available The effects of temperature on the thermal conductivity of Si3N4 sintered with Li-exchanged zeolite were investigated. The highest conductivity was measured for the ceramics sintered with 10 % of additive. The complete a->b-Si3N4 transformation and maximum density (> 98 % TD were attained with the sample sintered at 1650 ºC. However, the results show that Al and O from the additive dissolve into the b-Si3N4 structure which act as phonon scattering sites resulting in a lowering of the conductivity and a weaker temperature dependance of the conductivity.

  16. Development of low-power loss Mn–Zn ferrites using microwave sintering method

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    S R Murthy

    2003-08-01

    Microwave sintering (MS) method has been successfully used for densifying Mn–Zn ferrites used for high frequency applications. This method needs only a short time to obtain high density when compared to conventionally sintered (CS) Mn–Zn ferrites. The lowest power loss was also achieved at 100 kHz and 200 mT condition for the microwave sintered samples. Conductor-embedded ferrite transformers were constructed using CS and MS samples and output power, efficiency, and surface rise of temperature were measured at sinusoidal voltage of 25 V with frequency, 1 MHz. The efficiency and surface rise of temperature of transformer were found to be high and low, respectively.

  17. Microstructures of Sintered Mo-Cu Alloys with Mechanically Activated Powder

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    蒋凯; 张秀英; 郭崇峰

    2001-01-01

    Mechanical activation and liquid phase sintering were used to manufacture high performance Mo-Cu alloy and develop new processes. The microstructures and properties of the alloy were investigated. The experimental results showed that: (1) the ball milled Mo/Cu powder has lamellar structure, (2) the microstructures of the sintered Mo-Cu alloy were homogenous compound structures of adhesive phase Cu linking Mo grains, (3) Mo grains frequently strung or ga thered in Cu phase, and (4) the full densities of Mo-Cu alloy was achieved through sintering and special densification process. As a result, the properties of the alloy are good enough to satisfy various requirements.

  18. Nuclear Rocket Ceramic Metal Fuel Fabrication Using Tungsten Powder Coating and Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Barnes, M. W.; Tucker, D. S.; Hone, L.; Cook, S.

    2017-01-01

    Nuclear thermal propulsion is an enabling technology for crewed Mars missions. An investigation was conducted to evaluate spark plasma sintering (SPS) as a method to produce tungsten-depleted uranium dioxide (W-dUO2) fuel material when employing fuel particles that were tungsten powder coated. Ceramic metal fuel wafers were produced from a blend of W-60vol% dUO2 powder that was sintered via SPS. The maximum sintering temperatures were varied from 1,600 to 1,850 C while applying a 50-MPa axial load. Wafers exhibited high density (>95% of theoretical) and a uniform microstructure (fuel particles uniformly dispersed throughout tungsten matrix).

  19. Spark Plasma Sintering of high-strength ultrafine-grained tungsten carbide

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    Nokhrin, A. V.; Chuvil'deev, V. N.; Blagoveshchenskiy, Yu V.; Boldin, M. S.; Sakharov, N. V.; Isaeva, N. V.; Popov, A. A.; Lantcev, E. A.; Belkin, O. A.; Smirnova, E. S.

    2017-07-01

    The paper dwells on the research conducted into high-rate consolidation of pure tungsten carbide nanopowders using the Spark Plasma Sintering. Studies included the effect that the original size of WC nanoparticles and their preparation modes have on density, structure parameters, and mechanical properties of tungsten carbide. It has been found that materials that show abnormal grain growth during sintering have lower values of sintering activation energy as compared to materials the structure of which is more stable during high-rate heating. A qualitative model is proposed that explains this effect through the dependence of the grain boundary diffusion coefficient on the grain boundary migration rate.

  20. The evaluation of different environments in ultra-high frequency induction sintered powder metal compacts

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    Cavdar, P. S.; Cavdar, U.

    2015-03-30

    The application of the iron based Powder Metal (PM) compacts in Ultra-High Frequency Induction Sintering (UHFIS) was reviewed for different environments. The three different environments: atmosphere, argon and vacuum were applied to the PM compacts. Iron based PM compacts were sintered at 1120 degree centigrade for a total of 550 seconds by using induction sintering machines with 2.8 kW power and 900 kHz frequency. Micro structural properties, densities, roughness and micro hardness values were obtained for all environments. The results were compared with each other. (Author)

  1. Permeability, drying, and sintering of pressure filtered ceramic nanopowders

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    Sweeney, Sean M.

    2002-01-01

    point of drying (when fracture is most likely during drying). Agreement between maximum safe drying stresses and measured sample strengths is found to be good (to within better than a factor of 2) for boehmite samples, but not very good (off by a factor of ˜7) for nanocrystalline 3Y-TZP samples. Sub-critical crack growth is indicated as the source of this deviation in nanocrystalline 3Y-TZP samples. Literature studies of the sintering of chloride-derived 3Y-TZP nanopowders have documented numerous sintering problems including inability to reach full density, desintering, cracking, and the formation of a dense shell with less dense interior. To explain the poor sintering behavior of samples of one nanocrystalline 3Y-TZP powder, the origin of such a dense shell microstructure is determined. Three possible reasons for a dense shell microstructure are examined and rejected: exothermic reactions with the sintering atmosphere, pre-existing density gradients in the green compact, and thermal gradients occurring during sintering. A combination of gas flow/diffusion, thermodynamic, and sintering calculations are used to show that the evolution of a structure-coarsening gas (hydrogen chloride) during sintering causes the formation of a dense shell microstructure, and explains the poor densification behavior of this system. Two solutions to the problem are compared: (1) a thermal treatment composed of an extended hold at 1000°C to allow HCl gas removal before the onset of closed porosity (at about 90-93% of theoretical density), and (2) a chemical treatment performed by washing pre-sintered (500°C/30 min) samples at room temperature using a concentrated ammonium hydroxide solution to remove chlorides. The thermal treatment is found to be superior for removing residual chlorine and allowing full density to be achieved during sintering.

  2. Effect of filler addition on porosity and strength of polysiloxane-derived porous silicon carbide ceramics

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    KUMAR, B. V. Manoj; EOM, Jung-Hye; KIM, Young-Wook

    2011-01-01

    Polycarbosilane (PCS) or silicon carbide (SiC) fillers were used as fillers in fabricating partially interconnected, open-cell porous SiC ceramics by carbothermal reduction of polysiloxane-derived SiOC and subsequent sintering process...

  3. Influence of niobium, neodymium and praseodymium oxides percentage on the Si{sub 3} N{sub 4} sintering; Influencia da percentagem de niobia, neodimia e praseodimia, na sinterizacao do Si{sub 3} N{sub 4}

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    Silva, Cosme Roberto Moreira da; Martins, Joao Renato Santos; Piorino Neto, Francisco; Melo, Francisco Cristovao Lourenco de; Folgueras, Luiza de Castro [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial, Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Atividades Espaciais

    1995-12-31

    The objective of this work was to study the influence of mixtures of neodymium, niobium and praseodymium oxides, as sintering aids for silicon nitride. Samples were sintered in temperatures between 1700 deg C and 1750 deg C, during 30 minutes. Microstructure, intergranular phases and additives effects on {alpha}-{beta} transformation were evaluated. (author) 10 refs., 2 figs., 8 tabs.

  4. Mechanical behaviour of pressed and sintered titanium alloys obtained from prealloyed and blended elemental powders.

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    Bolzoni, L; Esteban, P G; Ruiz-Navas, E M; Gordo, E

    2012-10-01

    The applicability of irregular prealloyed Ti-6Al-4V powder for the fabrication of titanium products by pressing and sintering and its employment as a master alloy to obtain the Ti-3Al-2.5V alloy was studied. To this end, the starting powders were characterised by dilatometry, differential thermal analysis and XRD. Green samples were obtained by cold uniaxial pressing, and the evolution of the microstructure over the sintering temperature range 900-1400°C was studied. The variation of the final density and mechanical properties with the sintering temperature was considered. Based on the study carried out, it can be stated that more reliable powders are needed to open the titanium market to new applications. A relative density of 95% and diverse microstructural features and mechanical properties equivalent to those of biomedical devices can be obtained by the pressing and sintering route.

  5. W/Cu composites produced by pulse plasma sintering technique (PPS)

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    Rosinski, M. [Association EURATOM-IPPLM, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Woloska 141, 02-507 Warsaw (Poland); Fortuna, E. [Association EURATOM-IPPLM, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Woloska 141, 02-507 Warsaw (Poland)], E-mail: elaf@inmat.pw.edu.pl; Michalski, A.; Pakiela, Z.; Kurzydlowski, K.J. [Association EURATOM-IPPLM, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Woloska 141, 02-507 Warsaw (Poland)

    2007-10-15

    W-Cu composites of various compositions were produced using the pulse plasma sintering (PPS) technique which applies pulsed high electric discharges to heat the powders subjected to pressing. Because the arc discharges between the powder particles clean their surfaces and intensify diffusion processes, the sintering time is reduced to a few minutes. The powder preparation processes, milling, mixing and reduction before sintering, and the sintering conditions were optimized by undertaking detailed investigations of the microstructure of powders and composites. Room temperature tensile strength, using small samples, hardness and the coefficients of thermal expansion were measured. The results prove that by using the PPS method a high density material having 98% of the theoretical density can be fabricated. It has also been shown that the PPS device can be used to join the composite material to a tungsten plate.

  6. Modeling the microstructural evolution during constrained sintering

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    Bjørk, Rasmus; Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Tikare, V.

    to the stress field as well as the FE calculation of the stress field from the microstructural evolution is discussed. The sintering behavior of two powder compacts constrained by a rigid substrate is simulated and compared to free sintering of the same samples. Constrained sintering result in a larger number......A numerical model able to simulate solid state constrained sintering of a powder compact is presented. The model couples an existing kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) model for free sintering with a finite element (FE) method for calculating stresses on a microstructural level. The microstructural response...

  7. Modeling the microstructural evolution during constrained sintering

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    Bjørk, Rasmus; Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Pryds, Nini

    2014-01-01

    as well as the FEM calculation of the stress field from the microstructural evolution is discussed. The sintering behavior of a sample constrained by a rigid substrate is simulated. The constrained sintering result in a larger number of pores near the substrate, as well as anisotropic sintering shrinkage......A numerical model able to simulate solid state constrained sintering is presented. The model couples an existing kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) model for free sintering with a finite element model (FEM) for calculating stresses on a microstructural level. The microstructural response to the local stress...

  8. Modeling the Microstructural Evolution During Constrained Sintering

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    Bjørk, Rasmus; Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Pryds, Nini

    2015-01-01

    as well as the FEM calculation of the stress field from the microstructural evolution is discussed. The sintering behavior of a sample constrained by a rigid substrate is simulated. The constrained sintering results in a larger number of pores near the substrate, as well as anisotropic sintering shrinkage......A numerical model able to simulate solid-state constrained sintering is presented. The model couples an existing kinetic Monte Carlo model for free sintering with a finite element model (FEM) for calculating stresses on a microstructural level. The microstructural response to the local stress...

  9. K- and L-edge X-ray absorption spectrum calculations of closed-shell carbon, silicon, germanium, and sulfur compounds using damped four-component density functional response theory.

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    Fransson, Thomas; Burdakova, Daria; Norman, Patrick

    2016-05-21

    X-ray absorption spectra of carbon, silicon, germanium, and sulfur compounds have been investigated by means of damped four-component density functional response theory. It is demonstrated that a reliable description of relativistic effects is obtained at both K- and L-edges. Notably, an excellent agreement with experimental results is obtained for L2,3-spectra-with spin-orbit effects well accounted for-also in cases when the experimental intensity ratio deviates from the statistical one of 2 : 1. The theoretical results are consistent with calculations using standard response theory as well as recently reported real-time propagation methods in time-dependent density functional theory, and the virtues of different approaches are discussed. As compared to silane and silicon tetrachloride, an anomalous error in the absolute energy is reported for the L2,3-spectrum of silicon tetrafluoride, amounting to an additional spectral shift of ∼1 eV. This anomaly is also observed for other exchange-correlation functionals, but it is seen neither at other silicon edges nor at the carbon K-edge of fluorine derivatives of ethene. Considering the series of molecules SiH4-XFX with X = 1, 2, 3, 4, a gradual divergence from interpolated experimental ionization potentials is observed at the level of Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT), and to a smaller extent with the use of Hartree-Fock. This anomalous error is thus attributed partly to difficulties in correctly emulating the electronic structure effects imposed by the very electronegative fluorines, and partly due to inconsistencies in the spurious electron self-repulsion in DFT. Substitution with one, or possibly two, fluorine atoms is estimated to yield small enough errors to allow for reliable interpretations and predictions of L2,3-spectra of more complex and extended silicon-based systems.

  10. Investigation of mechanical properties based on grain growth and microstructure evolution of alumina ceramics during two step sintering process

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    Khan, U. A.; Hussain, A.; Shah, M.; Shuaib, M.; Qayyum, F.

    2016-08-01

    Alumina ceramics having small grain size and high density yield good mechanical properties, which are required in most mechanical applications. Two Step Sintering (TSS) is used to develop dense alumina ceramics. In this research work the effect of sintering temperatures on microstructure and density of the alumina specimens developed by using TSS has been investigated. It has been observed that TSS is more efficient in controlling grain growth and increasing the density as compared to One Step Sintering (OSS) of alumina. Scanning electron micrographs of sintered alumina specimens have been compared. It has been observed that TSS proves to be a better technique for increasing density and controlling grain growth of alumina ceramics than OSS. More relative density, hardness, fracture toughness and small grain size was achieved by using TSS over OSS technique.

  11. Research on sintering process of YSZ electrolyte

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    HAN Minfang; TANG Xiuling; PENG Suping

    2006-01-01

    Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) has widely been used as electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC).The microstructure of YSZ related to the fabrication process was discussed in the paper.With YSZ nano-powders about 40-100 nm as raw material, the YSZ adobe was manufactured by tape calendering process.The named three-step sintering process was performed at 1000 ℃ for 2 h, then raised the temperature with normal rate and as soon as up to 1400 ℃, the furnace was controlled at 1250-1300 ℃ for 10-20 h.The high dense YSZs with the relative density of 96%-99% were obtained; the grain size of YSZ could be reduced to 0.5-3 μm.The above result is benefited to co-fired in the electrode-supported SOFCs.

  12. Microwave combustion and sintering without isostatic pressure

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    Ebadian, M.A.

    1998-01-01

    In recent years interest has grown rapidly in the application of microwave energy to the processing of ceramics, composites, polymers, and other materials. Advances in the understanding of microwave/materials interactions will facilitate the production of new ceramic materials with superior mechanical properties. One application of particular interest is the use of microwave energy for the mobilization of uranium for subsequent redeposition. Phase III (FY98) will focus on the microwave assisted chemical vapor infiltration tests for mobilization and redeposition of radioactive species in the mixed sludge waste. Uranium hexachloride and uranium (IV) borohydride are volatile compounds for which the chemical vapor infiltration procedure might be developed for the separation of uranium. Microwave heating characterized by an inverse temperature profile within a preformed ceramic matrix will be utilized for CVI using a carrier gas. Matrix deposition is expected to commence from the inside of the sample where the highest temperature is present. The preform matrix materials, which include aluminosilicate based ceramics and silicon carbide based ceramics, are all amenable to extreme volume reduction, densification, and vitrification. Important parameters of microwave sintering such as frequency, power requirement, soaking temperature, and holding time will be investigated to optimize process conditions for the volatilization of uranyl species using a reactive carrier gas in a microwave chamber.

  13. Rapid immobilization of simulated radioactive soil waste by microwave sintering.

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    Zhang, Shuai; Shu, Xiaoyan; Chen, Shunzhang; Yang, Huimin; Hou, Chenxi; Mao, Xueli; Chi, Fangting; Song, Mianxin; Lu, Xirui

    2017-09-05

    A rapid and efficient method is particularly necessary in the timely disposal of seriously radioactive contaminated soil. In this paper, a series of simulated radioactive soil waste containing different contents of neodymium oxide (3-25wt.%) has been successfully vitrified by microwave sintering at 1300°C for 30min. The microstructures, morphology, element distribution, density and chemical durability of as obtained vitrified forms have been analyzed. The results show that the amorphous structure, homogeneous element distribution, and regular density improvement are well kept, except slight cracks emerge on the magnified surface for the 25wt.% Nd2O3-containing sample. Moreover, all the vitrified forms exhibit excellent chemical durability, and the leaching rates of Nd are kept as ∼10(-4)-10(-6)g/(m(2)day) within 42days. This demonstrates a potential application of microwave sintering in radioactive contaminated soil disposal. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Strain rate dependency of laser sintered polyamide 12

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    Cook J.E.T.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Parts processed by Additive Manufacturing can now be found across a wide range of applications, such as those in the aerospace and automotive industry in which the mechanical response must be optimised. Many of these applications are subjected to high rate or impact loading, yet it is believed that there is no prior research on the strain rate dependence in these materials. This research investigates the effect of strain rate and laser energy density on laser sintered polyamide 12. In the study presented here, parts produced using four different laser sintered energy densities were exposed to uniaxial compression tests at strain rates ranging from 10−3 to 10+3 s−1 at room temperature, and the dependence on these parameters is presented.

  15. Impact of sintering method on certain properties of titanium dioxide nanopowder materials

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    Porozova Svetlana E.

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Titanium dioxide nanopowder samples consolidated by method of cold uniaxial compaction at 200 MPa and conventionally sintered in air at 1300°С with isothermal tempering during 60 minutes or spark-plasma sintering at 1300°С and 30 MPа were studied using the method of light combination scattering spectroscopy (Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The samples were found to differ significantly in terms of color, density, phase composition and microstructure.

  16. Improvement of the Sintered Surface and Bulk of the Product Via Differentiating Laser Sintering (Melting) Modes

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    Saprykina, N. A.; Saprykin, A. A.; Arkhipova, D. A.; Borovikov, I. F.

    2016-08-01

    Selective laser sintering (melting) enables using metal powdered materials to manufacture products of any geometrical complexity, requiring no preliminary costs to prepare processing equipment. However, quality of the sintered surface is often inadequate as against the product manufactured traditionally. Manufacturing a high quality product requires solution of such vital task as prediction of the sintered surface roughness. The authors address to the effect of laser sintering modes on roughness of the surface, sintered of copper powdered material PMS-l (IIMC-1). The dependence of roughness of the surface layer sintered of copper powder material PMS-l upon sintering process conditions is expressed mathematically. The authors suggest differentiating sintering modes to improve the sintered surface and the bulk of the product and dividing them into rough, semi-finishing, and finishing ones.

  17. Corrosion resistance properties of sintered duplex stainless steel

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper was to examine the corrosion resistance of duplex stainless steels using electrochemical methods in 1M NaCl solution. The influence of powder mixes preparation and cooling cycle after sintering on corrosion properties was evaluated.Design/methodology/approach: In presented study duplex stainless steels were obtained through powder metallurgy starting from austenitic, martensitic base powders by controlled addition of alloying elements, such as Cr, Ni, Mo and Cu. In the studies behind the preparation of mixes, Schaeffler’s diagram was taken into consideration. Prepared mixes have been compacted at 800 MPa and sintered in a vacuum furnace with argon backfilling at 1260°C for 1 h. After sintering two different cooling cycles were applied: rapid cooling with an average cooling rate of 245 °C/min and slow cooling of 5 °C/min in argon atmosphere. Produced duplex stainless steels have been studied by scanning and optical microscopy and EDS chemical analysis of microstructure components. Corrosion properties have been studied through electrochemical methods in 1M NaCl water solutionFindings: According to achieved results, it was affirmed that applied sintering method as well as powder mixes preparation allows for manufacturing the sintered duplex steels with good corrosion properties which depends on austenite/ferrite ratio in the microstructure and elements partitioning between phases. Corrosion resistance of sintered stainless steels is strictly connected with the density and the pore morphology present in the microstructure too. The highest resistance to pitting corrosion in 1M NaCl solution was achieved for composition with approximate balance of ferrite and austenite in the microstructure.Research limitations/implications: According to the powders characteristic, the applied fast cooling rate seems to be a good compromise for corrosion properties and microstructures, nevertheless further tests should be carried out in

  18. Solution combustion synthesis: Effect of calcination and sintering temperature on structural, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of five layer Aurivillius oxides

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    Dubey, Shivangi; Subohi, Oroosa; Kurchania, Rajnish

    2017-09-01

    The effect of calcination temperature on phase formation and sintering temperature on structural, dielectric, electrical and ferroelectric properties of Ba2Bi4Ti5O18 (BBT), Pb2Bi4Ti5O18 (PBT) and Sr2Bi4Ti5O18 (SBT) ceramics prepared by solution combustion route using glycine as a fuel are investigated in this paper. Calcination temperature was optimized at 650 °C for BBT and 750 °C for SBT and PBT, at which these compounds showed pure phase formation. It was observed that density and grain size of the sintered pellets increases with increasing sintering temperature. The dielectric constant was found to be dependent on grain size and density. Transition temperature, activation energy and remnant polarization were found to increase with an increase in sintering temperature. Porosity and conductivity decreases with an increase in the sintering temperature. Thus improving the dielectric, electrical and ferroelectric properties of five layered Aurivillius oxides.

  19. Interfacial reactions and wetting in Al-Mg sintered by powder metallurgy process

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    Faisal, Heny; Darminto, Triwikantoro, Zainuri, M.

    2016-04-01

    Was conducted to analyze the effect of temperature variation on the bonding interface sintered composite Al-Mg and analyze the effect of variations of the density and hardness sinter. Research carried out by the base material powders of Al, Mg powder and solvent n-butanol. The method used in this study is a powder metallurgy, with a composition of 60% volume fraction of Al - 40% Mg. Al-Mg mixing with n-butanol for 1 hour at 500 rpm. Then the emphasis (cold comression) with a size of 1.4 cm in diameter dies and height of 2.8 cm, is pressed with a force of 20 MPa and held for 15 minutes. After the sample into pellets, then sintered at various temperatures 300 °C, 350 °C, 400 °C and 450 °C. Characterization is done by using the testing green density, sintered density, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), vickers microhardness, and press test. XRD data analysis done by using X'Pert High Score Plus (HSP) to determine whether there is a new phase is formed. Test results show that the sintered density increasing sintering temperature, the resulting density is also increasing (shrinkage). However, at a temperature of 450 °C decreased (swelling). With the increased sinter density, interfacial bonding getting Kuta and more compact so that its hardness is also increased. From the test results of SEM / EDX, there Mg into Al in the border area. At temperatures of 300 °C, 350 °C, 400 °C, the phase formed is Al, Mg and MgO. While phase is formed at a temperature of 450 °C is aluminum magnesium (Al3Mg2), Aluminum Magnesium Zinc (AlMg2Zn).

  20. Effect of microstructure changes on magnetic properties of spark plasma sintered Nd-Fe-B powders

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    Michalski B.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study the SPS method was applied for low RE content (8,5% at. and high RE content (13,5 % at. MQ powders. The powders were sintered in a wide range of temperature, for 5 min., under pressure of 35 MPa. The low RE content grade, densified reluctantly and gained the density close to the theoretical value only for 850 °C. The coercivity decreased gradually with increasing sintering temperature. On the other hand, the densification of the higher RE content grade powder occurred much easier and the coercivity, close to the theoretical value, was achieved already at 650 °C. The coercivity of this material also decreased with increasing sintering temperature. Microstructural studies revealed that the SPS sintering process leads to partial decomposition of the Nd2Fe14B phase. The proportion of the RE-rich and iron phases increases parallel to the increasing sintering temperature. On the basis of the current results one can conclude that fabrication of high density MQ powders based magnets by the SPS method is possible, however the powders having higher RE content should be used for this purpose and the sintering temperature as low as possible, related to density, should be kept.

  1. The influence of high energy milling and sintering parameters on reactive sintered (Ti, Mo)C–Ni cermets

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    Jõeleht, Marek, E-mail: marek.joeleht@ttu.ee [Department of Materials Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn 19086 (Estonia); Pirso, Jüri; Juhani, Kristjan [Department of Materials Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn 19086 (Estonia); Viljus, Mart; Traksmaa, Rainer [Materials Research Centre, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn 19086 (Estonia)

    2015-07-05

    Highlights: • High energy milling and reactive sintering was used to produce (Ti, Mo)C–Ni cermets. • A linear relationship between milling time and oxygen contamination was observed. • TiC grain cores were visible with shorter milling durations. • Optimal milling time was found to be 6 h. • Mechanical properties above 1500 HV10 and 1.1 GPa were obtained. - Abstract: Reactive sintering was used to produce titanium carbide cermets with molybdenum as an alloying element and nickel for binder. High energy attritor mill was used to mill the same composition of Ti, C, Ni and Mo powders with different durations. High energy milling significantly reduces the temperatures at which a series of reactions occurs between metal and carbon during the heating. A two-step sintering cycle was used with vacuum and argon gas isostatic pressure as sintering atmospheres. Dense (Ti, Mo)C–17 wt%Ni cermets were obtained with mechanical properties above 1500 HV10 and 1.1 GPa. The optimum milling duration was found to be 6 h of milling with the available attritor. The powders were investigated with SEM, XRD and by oxygen/nitrogen analysis. The materials were characterised by density, Vicker’s hardness and transverse rupture strength were studied.

  2. Elaboration and thermomechanical characterization of W/Cu functionally graded materials produced by Spark Plasma Sintering for plasma facing components

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    Autissier, E., E-mail: manu.autissier@orange.fr [CEA, IRFM, F-13108 Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance (France); Richou, M. [CEA, IRFM, F-13108 Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance (France); Minier, L. [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR 6303 CNRS-UB, 9 Av. Alain Savary, BP 47870, 21078 Dijon Cedex (France); Gardarein, J.-L. [Aix Marseille Univ, IUSTI, UMR CNRS 7343, F-13453 Marseille (France); Bernard, F. [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR 6303 CNRS-UB, 9 Av. Alain Savary, BP 47870, 21078 Dijon Cedex (France)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Different W-Cu powders were sintered by Spark Plasma Sintering. • The relative density increase with the temperature and Cu concentration. • Thermal conductivity of W-Cu samples has been measured in function of density. • Assembly of a three-layer W-Cu between a W block and a CuCrZr block was realized. • 40 min is the minimum time to complete bonding between W and W{sub 80}Cu{sub 20}. - Abstract: The assembly of W block with a CuCrZr block has been produced by adding compliant W-Cu layers. Firstly, three W-Cu powders (W{sub 80}Cu{sub 20}, W{sub 60}Cu{sub 40} and W{sub 40}Cu{sub 60}) were sintered by spark plasma sintering (SPS) to investigate the influences of sintering temperature and pressure on relative density and microstructure. The experimental results indicated that the relative density increases with temperature and Cu concentration, achieving a value of 94.1% for the W{sub 40}Cu{sub 60} sample sintered at 1000 °C and a value of 83.1% for the W{sub 80}Cu{sub 20} sample sintered at the same temperature. Then, a three-layer W-Cu assembly between a W block and a CuCrZr block was fabricated using similar sintering conditions to the W-Cu powders. The sintering temperature was limited at 1000 °C due to the CuCrZr melting temperature (1083 °C). The experimental results indicated that loading time, when the right sintering temperature and pressure are applied, is the most important parameter.

  3. Sintering Behaviour of Al2O3-SiC-C Ramming Mix

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    WUXingrong; CAOFeng

    2004-01-01

    Silicon fines, boron acid solid powders and microfine SiO2 as sintering agents were incorporated into Al2O3-SiC-C ramming mix in order to investigated their effects on the microstructure , mechanical properties and sintering behavior of the ramming mix. Results show that all the three agents could improved both densification and mehanical properties markedly, compared to that of non-agent specimens and the effect of the composite of boron acid solid powders and microfine SiO2 is the best. The oxidation resistance increased with the addition of agents, which is supported by densification. Microstructures showed that agent powders could fill pores or produce liquid phases at high temperature, therefore, improve the sintering of the ramming mix.

  4. Sintering Behaviour of Al2O3-SiC-C Ramming Mix

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    WU Xingrong; CAO Feng

    2004-01-01

    Silicon fines, boron acid solid powders and microfine SiO2 as sintering agents were incorporated into Al2O3-SiC-C ramming mix in order to investigated their effects on the microstructue,mechanical properties and sintering be-havior of the ramming mix.Results show that all the three agents could improved both densification and mehanical properties markedly,compared to that of non-agent speci-mens and the effect of the composite of boron acid solid powders and microfine SiO2 is the best.The oxidation re-sistance increased with the addition of agents,which is supported by densification.Microstructures shoued that a-gent powders could fill pores or produce liquid phases at high temperatuer,therefore,improve the sintering of the ramming mix.

  5. Synergistic Sintering of Lignite Fly Ash and Steelmaking Residues towards Sustainable Compacted Ceramics

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    V. G. Karayannis

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of value-added ceramic materials deriving only from industrial by-products is particularly interesting from technological, economic, and environmental point of views. In this work, the synergistic sintering of ternary and binary mixtures of fly ash, steelmaking electric arc furnace dust, and ladle furnace slag for the synthesis of compacted ceramics is reported. The sintered specimens’ microstructure and mineralogical composition were characterized by SEM-EDS and XRD, respectively. Moreover, the shrinkage, apparent density, water absorption, and Vickers microhardness (HV were investigated at different sintering temperatures and raw material compositions. The characterization of the sintered compacts revealed the successful consolidation of the ceramic microstructures. According to the experimental findings, the ceramics obtained from fly ash/steel dust mixtures exhibited enhanced properties compared to the other mixtures tested. Moreover, the processing temperature affected the final properties of the produced ceramics. Specifically, a 407% HV increase for EAFD and a 2221% increase for the FA-EAFD mixture were recorded, by increasing the sintering temperature from 1050 to 1150°C. Likewise, a 972% shrinkage increase for EAFD and a 577% shrinkage increase for the FA-EAFD mixture were recorded, by increasing the sintering temperature from 1050 to 1150°C. The research results aim at shedding more light on the development of sustainable sintered ceramics from secondary industrial resources towards circular economy.

  6. Enhanced proton conductivity of yttrium-doped barium zirconate with sinterability in protonic ceramic fuel cells

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    Park, Ka-Young; Seo, Yongho; Kim, Ki Buem [HMC & Green Energy Research Institute, Department of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul 143-747 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Sun-Ju [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 550-749 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Byoungnam [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hongik University, Seoul 121-791 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jun-Young, E-mail: jyoung@sejong.ac.kr [HMC & Green Energy Research Institute, Department of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul 143-747 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-05

    Highlights: • Report effects of ceramic processing methods on the electrical conductivity of BZY. • Present effects of sintering aids on the conductivity and density of BZY. • CuO is the most effective sintering aid for the BZY. • Polymer gelation is the most effective method in terms of conductivity of BZY. • Grain boundary conductivity of the polymer gelation BZY is higher than others. - Abstract: In this study, we report the effects of various ceramic processing methods with different sintering aids on the relative density, crystallinity, microstructure, and electrical conductivity of proton conducting BaZr{sub 0.85}Y{sub 0.15}O{sub 3−δ} (BZY) pellets in details. First, the BZY ceramic pellets are fabricated by the solid-state reactive sintering by adding diverse sintering aids including CuO, NiO, ZnO, SnO, MgO, and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Among these, CuO is found to be the most effective sintering aid in terms of the sintering temperature and total conductivity. However, transition metals as sintering aids have detrimental effects on the electrical conductivity of the BZY electrolytes. Second, the BZY electrolytes have been synthesized by four different methods: the solid-state, combustion, hydrothermal, and polymer gelation methods. The BZY pellets synthesized by the polymer gelation method exhibit dense microstructure with a high relative density of 95.3%. Moreover, the electrical conductivity of the BZY pellets synthesized by the polymer gelation method is higher than those prepared by the solid-state methods under the same test conditions: 1.28 × 10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1} (by the polymer gelation method) vs. 0.53 × 10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1} by the solid-state method at 600 °C in wet 5% H{sub 2} in Ar.

  7. Microwave sintering of ceramic materials

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    Karayannis, V. G.

    2016-11-01

    In the present study, the potential of microwave irradiation as an innovative energy- efficient alternative to conventional heating technologies in ceramic manufacturing is reviewed, addressing the advantages/disadvantages, while also commenting on future applications of possible commercial interest. Ceramic materials have been extensively studied and used due to several advantages they exhibit. Sintering ceramics using microwave radiation, a novel technology widely employed in various fields, can be an efficient, economic and environmentally-friendlier approach, to improve the consolidation efficiency and reduce the processing cycle-time, in order to attain substantial energy and cost savings. Microwave sintering provides efficient internal heating, as energy is supplied directly and penetrates the material. Since energy transfer occurs at a molecular level, heat is generated throughout the material, thus avoiding significant temperature gradients between the surface and the interior, which are frequently encountered at high heating rates upon conventional sintering. Thus, rapid, volumetric and uniform heating of various raw materials and secondary resources for ceramic production is possible, with limited grain coarsening, leading to accelerated densification, and uniform and fine-grained microstructures, with enhanced mechanical performance. This is particularly important for manufacturing large-size ceramic products of quality, and also for specialty ceramic materials such as bioceramics and electroceramics. Critical parameters for the process optimization, including the electromagnetic field distribution, microwave-material interaction, heat transfer mechanisms and material transformations, should be taken into consideration.

  8. Doping-enhanced hyperpolarizabilities of silicon clusters: a global ab initio and density functional theory study of Si10 (Li, Na, K)n (n=1, 2) clusters.

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    Karamanis, Panaghiotis; Marchal, Remi; Carbonniére, Philippe; Pouchan, Claude

    2011-07-28

    A global theoretical study of the (hyper)polarizabilities of alkali doped Si(10) is presented and discussed. First, a detailed picture about the low lying isomers of Si(10)Li, Si(10)Na, Si(10)K, Si(10)Li(2), Si(10)Na(2), and Si(10)K(2) has been obtained in a global manner. Then, the microscopic first (hyper)polarizabilities of the most stable configurations have been determined by means of ab initio methods of high predictive capability such as those based on the Møller-Plesset perturbation and coupled cluster theory, paying extra attention to the (hyper)polarizabilities of the open shell mono-doped systems Si(10)Li, Si(10)Na, Si(10)K, and the influence of spin contamination. These results were used to assess the performance of methods of low computational cost based on density functional theory (DFT) in the reliable computation of these properties in order to proceed with an in-depth study of their evolution as a function of the alkali metal, the cluster composition, and the cluster structure. The most interesting outcomes of the performed (hyper)polarizability study indicate that while alkali doping leaves the per atom polarizability practically unaffected, influences dramatically the hyperpolarizabilities of Si(10). The lowest energy structures of the mono-doped clusters are characterized by significantly enhanced hyperpolarizabilities as compared to the analogue neutral or charged bare silicon clusters Si(10) and Si(11), while, certain patterns governed by the type and the number of the doping agents are followed. The observed hyperpolarizability increase is found to be in close connection with specific cluster to alkali metal charge transfer excited states and to the cluster structures. Moreover, an interesting correlation between the anisotropy of the electron density, and the hyperpolarizabilities of these systems has been observed. Finally, it is important to note that the presented method assessment points out that among the various DFT functionals used

  9. The effect of temperature on the in situ synthesis–sintering and mechanical properties of MoSi{sub 2} prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    Kermani, Milad, E-mail: miladkermani.mk@gmail.com; Razavi, Mansour; Rahimipour, Mohammad Reza; Zakeri, Mohammad

    2014-02-05

    Highlights: • MoSi{sub 2} synthesized and sintered by using SPS. • Internal heat generation as the elemental powders react during sintering leads to an additional short high temperature excursion. • Effect of temperature and holding time on mechanical properties investigated. -- Abstract: In this research, dense MoSi{sub 2} was fabricated using of spark plasma sintering. Mo and Si powders according to MoSi{sub 2} stoichiometry ratio was mixed by a high energy ball mill for 1 h. The milled powders were compacted into green body by using 200 MPa uniaxial pressure. Then the samples were synthesized and sintered in one step by using spark plasma sintering apparatus at temperature from 1273 to 1573 K. X-ray diffraction results showed that at 1273 K there is no reaction between Mo and Si. By increasing temperature to 1373 K the reaction between Mo and Si was took place. Also, the effect of temperature and holding time on the in situ synthesis–sintering, density and mechanical properties was also investigated.

  10. Oxidation Protection of Uranium Nitride Fuel using Liquid Phase Sintering

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    Dr. Paul A. Lessing

    2012-03-01

    Two methods are proposed to increase the oxidation resistance of uranium nitride (UN) nuclear fuel. These paths are: (1) Addition of USi{sub x} (e.g. U3Si2) to UN nitride powder, followed by liquid phase sintering, and (2) 'alloying' UN nitride with various compounds (followed by densification via Spark Plasma Sintering or Liquid Phase Sintering) that will greatly increase oxidation resistance. The advantages (high thermal conductivity, very high melting point, and high density) of nitride fuel have long been recognized. The sodium cooled BR-10 reactor in Russia operated for 18 years on uranium nitride fuel (UN was used as the driver fuel for two core loads). However, the potential advantages (large power up-grade, increased cycle lengths, possible high burn-ups) as a Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuel are offset by uranium nitride's extremely low oxidation resistance (UN powders oxidize in air and UN pellets decompose in hot water). Innovative research is proposed to solve this problem and thereby provide an accident tolerant LWR fuel that would resist water leaks and high temperature steam oxidation/spalling during an accident. It is proposed that we investigate two methods to increase the oxidation resistance of UN: (1) Addition of USi{sub x} (e.g. U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}) to UN nitride powder, followed by liquid phase sintering, and (2) 'alloying' UN nitride with compounds (followed by densification via Spark Plasma Sintering) that will greatly increase oxidation resistance.

  11. On the Mechanism of Microwave Flash Sintering of Ceramics

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    Yury V. Bykov

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The results of a study of ultra-rapid (flash sintering of oxide ceramic materials under microwave heating with high absorbed power per unit volume of material (10–500 W/cm3 are presented. Ceramic samples of various compositions—Al2O3; Y2O3; MgAl2O4; and Yb(LaO2O3—were sintered using a 24 GHz gyrotron system to a density above 0.98–0.99 of the theoretical value in 0.5–5 min without isothermal hold. An analysis of the experimental data (microwave power; heating and cooling rates along with microstructure characterization provided an insight into the mechanism of flash sintering. Flash sintering occurs when the processing conditions—including the temperature of the sample; the properties of thermal insulation; and the intensity of microwave radiation—facilitate the development of thermal runaway due to an Arrhenius-type dependency of the material’s effective conductivity on temperature. The proper control over the thermal runaway effect is provided by fast regulation of the microwave power. The elevated concentration of defects and impurities in the boundary regions of the grains leads to localized preferential absorption of microwave radiation and results in grain boundary softening/pre-melting. The rapid densification of the granular medium with a reduced viscosity of the grain boundary phase occurs via rotation and sliding of the grains which accommodate their shape due to fast diffusion mass transport through the (quasi-liquid phase. The same mechanism based on a thermal runaway under volumetric heating can be relevant for the effect of flash sintering of various oxide ceramics under a dc/ac voltage applied to the sample.

  12. Spark plasma sintering and microwave electromagnetic properties of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramics

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    Penchal Reddy, M., E-mail: drlpenchal@gmail.com [Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, Doha 2713 (Qatar); Mohamed, A.M.A. [Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, Doha 2713 (Qatar); Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez University, Suez 4372 (Egypt); Venkata Ramana, M. [Department of Physics, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 11677, Taiwan (China); Zhou, X.B.; Huang, Q. [Division of Functional Materials and Nanodevices, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Ningbo 315201 (China)

    2015-12-01

    MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite powder was synthesized by a facile one-pot hydrothermal route and then consolidated into dense nanostructured compacts by the spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. The effect of sintering temperature, on densification, morphology, magnetic and microwave absorption properties was examined. Spark plasma sintering resulted in uniform microstructure, as well as maximum relative density of 98%. The magnetic analysis indicated that the MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles showed ferrimagnetic behavior. Moreover, the dielectric loss and magnetic loss properties of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles were both enhanced due to its better dipole polarization, interfacial polarization and shape anisotropy. It is believed that such spark plasma sintered ceramic material will be applied widely in microwave absorbing area. - Highlights: • Successful synthesis of dense MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramics using spark plasma sintering. • Lower temperature and shorter sintering time, compared to conventional methods. • Optimal sintering condition was achieved. • The magnetic properties of the sintered samples are sensitive to the density and microstructure.

  13. Test of Cu base alloy Huadong sintering model

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    丁华东; 方宁象; 遇元宏

    2001-01-01

    Through modular pressing and sintering, the Cu-C powder metallurgy samples were made and the process was investigated. The results show that there exist expanding mechanism and shrinking mechanism in sintering process, and whether the sintering body is shrinking or expanding depends on the interacting between the two mechanisms, and the HD sintering model is in keeping with the actual sintering process.

  14. Characteristics of vacuum sintered stainless steels

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    Z. Brytan; L.A. Dobrzański; M. Actis Grande; Rosso, M.

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: In the present study duplex stainless steels were sintered in vacuum. using rapid cooling form the mixture of prealloyed and alloying element powders The purpose of this paper was to describe the obtained microstructures after sintering as well as the main mechanical properties of sintered stainless steels.Design/methodology/approach: In presented work duplex stainless steels were obtained through powder metallurgy starting from austenitic 316L or ferritic 410L prealloyed stainless s...

  15. Development of Sintered Iron Driving Bands

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    R. P. Khanna

    1974-07-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation reports some detailed studies carried out on the development testing and proving of sintered Iron Driving Bands. Sintering studies on two different types of iron powders together with a few Fe-Cu compositions have been made and based on the results there of, parameters for development iron driving bands have been standardised. The results obtained clearly demonstrate that substitution of copper by sintered iron is highly practicable alternative.

  16. Application of Optimal Sinter Burden Design

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    2002-01-01

    The application of the optimal sinter burden design in the sinter shop of No.1 Iron-making Plant in Tangshan Iron & Steel Corp was reported. By using burden calculation and simulating production under different situations, it is demonstrated that the technology can provide the relevant information in product quality and cost etc. for decision-makers. The technology has been used to guide production of the Sinter Shop since 2000, and a remarkable achievement has been obtained.

  17. Flash Sintering of Alumina-based Ceramics

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    Biesuz, Mattia

    2017-01-01

    Flash sintering is an electrical field-assisted consolidation technology and represents a very novel technique for producing ceramic materials, which allows to decrease sensibly both processing temperature and time. Starting from 2010, when flash sintering was discovered, different ceramic materials with a wide range of electrical properties have been successfully densified. Up to date, the research on flash sintering has been mainly focused on ionic and electronic conductors and on semicondu...

  18. Characteristics of vacuum sintered stainless steels

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    Z. Brytan

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In the present study duplex stainless steels were sintered in vacuum. using rapid cooling form the mixture of prealloyed and alloying element powders The purpose of this paper was to describe the obtained microstructures after sintering as well as the main mechanical properties of sintered stainless steels.Design/methodology/approach: In presented work duplex stainless steels were obtained through powder metallurgy starting from austenitic 316L or ferritic 410L prealloyed stainless steels powders by controlled addition of alloying elements powder. Prepared mixes were sintered in a vacuum furnace in 1250°C for 1h. After sintering rapid cooling (6°C/s using nitrogen under pressure was applied. Sintered compositions were subjected to structural examinations by scanning and optical microscopy and EDS analysis as well as X-ray analysis. Mechanical properties were studied through tensile tests and Charpy impact test.Findings: It was demonstrated that austenitic-ferritic microstructures with regular arrangement of both phases and absence of precipitates can be obtained with properly designed powder mix composition as well as sintering cycle with rapid cooling rate. Obtained sintered duplex stainless steels shows good mechanical properties which depends on phases ratio in the microstructure and elements partitioning (Cr/Ni between phases.Research limitations/implications: Basing on alloys characteristics applied cooling rate and powder mix composition seems to be a good compromise to obtain balanced sintered duplex stainless steel microstructures.Practical implications: Mechanical properties of obtained sintered duplex stainless steels structures are rather promising, especially with the aim of extending their field of possible applications.Originality/value: The utilization of vacuum sintering process with rapid cooling after sintering combined with use of elemental powders added to a stainless steel base powder shows its advantages in terms

  19. Effect of bioglass additions on the sintering of Y-TZP bioceramics

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    Habibe, A.F.; Maeda, L.D.; Souza, R.C.; Barboza, M.J.R.; Daguano, J.K.M.F. [USP-EEL, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Escola de Engenharia de Lorena, Polo Urbo-Industrial, Gleba AI6, s/n, P.O. Box 116, CEP 12600-970, Lorena-SP (Brazil); Rogero, S.O. [IPEN/CNEN-SP, Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 2242, Sao Paulo-SP, CEP 05508-900 (Brazil); Santos, C., E-mail: claudinei@demar.eel.usp.br [USP-EEL, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Escola de Engenharia de Lorena, Polo Urbo-Industrial, Gleba AI6, s/n, P.O. Box 116, CEP 12600-970, Lorena-SP (Brazil)

    2009-08-01

    The objective of this work was to evaluate the influence of bioglass additions on the sintering and mechanical properties of yttria-stabilized zirconia ceramics, Y-TZP. Samples containing different bioglass additions, varying between 0 and 30 wt.%, were cold uniaxial pressed at 80 MPa and sintered in air at 1200 deg. C or 1300 deg. C for 120 min. Sintered samples were characterized by X-ray Diffractometry and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Hardness and fracture toughness were determined using Vickers indentation method. As a preliminary biological evaluation, in vitro cytotoxicity tests by Neutral Red Uptake method (using mouse connective tissue cells, NCTC clone L929 from ATCC bank) were realized to determine the cytotoxicity level of ZrO{sub 2}-bioglass ceramics. The increasing of bioglass amount leads to the decreasing of relative density due to martensitic (tetragonal-monoclinic) transformation during cooling of the sintered samples. Y-TZP samples sintered at 1300 deg. C containing 5 wt.% of bioglass presented the best results, with high relative density, hardness and fracture toughness of 11.3 GPa and 6.1 MPa m{sup 1/2}, respectively. Furthermore, the un-cytotoxic behavior was observed in all sintering conditions and bioglass amounts used in this study.

  20. Spark plasma sintering of mechanically alloyed in situ copper-niobium carbide composite

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    Long, B.D. [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia); Department of Production Systems Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan); Othman, R. [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia); Umemoto, M. [Department of Production Systems Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan); Zuhailawati, H., E-mail: zuhaila@eng.usm.m [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia)

    2010-09-03

    A Cu-NbC composite with high electrical conductivity and high microhardness was synthesized by mechanical alloying and densified using spark plasma sintering (SPS). Mixtures of Cu-NbC powders corresponding to volume fractions of 1, 5, 15 and 25 vol% NbC were milled in a high energy planetary mill under argon atmosphere for 30 h using ethanol as process control agent. The Cu-NbC as-milled powder was sintered using spark plasma sintering temperatures between 900 and 1000 {sup o}C. X-ray diffraction investigation showed that NbC started to form in the copper matrix during ball milling and the reaction between Nb and C was completed after 10 min of SPS sintering. Electrical conductivity and density of the Cu-15 vol% NbC composite increased with increasing sintering temperature. The results showed the superior properties of SPS-prepared Cu-NbC composite: electrical conductivity is almost 4 times higher and microhardness is 3.5 times higher than with normal sintering. A highest density of 98% and electrical conductivity of 45.6% IACS were obtained in the Cu-1 vol% NbC composite. The highest microhardness of 452.9 Hv was achieved in the Cu-25 vol% NbC composite.

  1. Effects of talc and clay addition on pressureless sintering of porous Si3N4 ceramics

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    Yu Fangli; Yang Jianfeng; Xue Yaohui; Du Jun; Lu Yuan; Gao Jiqiang

    2009-04-01

    Porous Si3N4 ceramics were successfully synthesized using cheaper talc and clay as sintering additives by pressureless sintering technology and the microstructure and mechanical properties of the ceramics were also investigated. The results indicated that the ceramics consisted of elongated -Si3N4 and small Si2N2O grains. Fibrous -Si3N4 grains developed in the porous microstructure, and the grain morphology and size were affected by different sintering conditions. Adding 20% talc and clay sintered at 1700°C for 2 h, the porous Si3N4 ceramics were obtained with excellent properties. The final mechanical properties of the Si3N4 ceramics were as follows: porosity, 0 = 45.39%; density, ρ = 1.663.g.cm-3; flexural strength, b (average) = 131.59 MPa; Weibull modulus, = 16.20.

  2. Effects of Admixed Titanium on Densification of 316L Stainless Steel Powder during Sintering

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    Aslam Muhammad

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Effects of admixed titanium on powder water atomized (PWA and powder gas atomized (PGA 316L stainless steel (SS have been investigated in terms of densification. PGA and PWA powders, having different shapes and sizes, were cold pressed and sintered in argon atmosphere at 1300°C. The admixed titanium compacts of PGA and PWA have shown significant effect on densification through formation of intermetallic compound and reducing porosity during sintering process. PWA, having particle size 8 μm, blended with 1wt% titanium has exhibited higher sintered density and shrinkage as compared to gas atomized powder compacts. Improved densification of titanium blended PGA and PWA 316L SS at sintering temperature 1300°C is probably due to enhanced diffusion kinetics resulting from stresses induced by concentration gradient in powder compacts.

  3. Effect of Starch on Sintering Behavior for Fabricating Porous Cordierite Ceramic

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    Li, Ye; Cao, Wei; Gong, Lunlun; Zhang, Ruifang; Cheng, Xudong

    2016-10-01

    Porous cordierite ceramics were prepared with starch as pore-forming agent by solid-state method. The green bodies were sintered at 1,100-1,400 °C for 2 h. The characterization was focused on thermal analysis, phase evolution, sintering behavior, porosity and micro-structural changes. The results show that cordierite becomes the main crystallization phase at 1,200 °C. The shrinkage behavior shows the most obvious dependence on the sintering temperature and starch content, and it can be divided into three stages. Moreover, the open porosity increases with the increase of starch content, but the pore-forming effectivity decreases. Nevertheless, compared with the open porosity curves, the bulk density curves are more in line with the linear rule. The microphotographs show the densification process with the sintering temperature and the variation of pore connectivity with the starch content.

  4. Effect of nanospinel additions on the sintering of magnesia-zirconia ceramic composites.

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    Khattab, R M; Wahsh, M M S; Khalil, N M; Gouraud, F; Huger, M; Chotard, T

    2014-03-12

    Nanocrystalline magnesium aluminate (MA) spinel powder produced through a coprecipitation method and calcined at 900°C for 1 h was added to magnesia-zirconia composite in the range of 0-25 mass % and sintered at 1600°C for 2 h. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques were used for studying the microstructure and the phase composition of the sintered composites. Bulk density, apparent porosity, volume shrinkage, and Young's modulus of the sintered composites were also investigated. The results revealed that the nanospinel addition up to 20 mass % increases the sintering ability and Young's modulus of the composite bodies. Microstructure showed that the presence of nanospinel and zirconia in the triple point between magnesia grains closed the gaps in the ceramic matrix and enhanced the compactness of the composites.

  5. Material Evaluation and Process Optimization of CNT-Coated Polymer Powders for Selective Laser Sintering

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    Shangqin Yuan

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs as nano-reinforcements were introduced to facilitate the laser sintering process and enhance the thermal and mechanical properties of polymeric composites. A dual experimental-theoretical method was proposed to evaluate the processability and predict the process parameters of newly developed CNT-coated polyamide 12 (CNTs/PA12 powders. The thermal conductivity, melt viscosity, phase transition and temperature-dependent density and heat capacity of PA12 and CNTs/PA12 powders were characterized for material evaluation. The composite powders exhibited improved heat conduction and heat absorption compared with virgin polymer powders, and the stable sintering range of composite powders was extended and found to be favourable for the sintering process. The microstructures of sintered composites revealed that the CNTs remained at the powder boundaries and formed network architectures, which instantaneously induced the significant enhancements in tensile strength, elongation at break and toughness without sacrificing tensile modulus.

  6. Spark Plasma Sintering Bulk Sm2 Fe17NxMagnets

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    Yue Ming; Zhang Dongtao; Ji Yongcheng; Zhang Jiuxing

    2004-01-01

    High performance Sm2Fe17Nx magnetic powders were fabricated by ball-milling method and were compacted using spark plasma sintering(SPS) technique.Effects of processing conditions on the magnetic properties and decomposition dynamic of the magnets were investigated.It is found that higher sintering temperature improves the densification of the magnets, while deteriorates their magnetic properties simultaneously due to the decomposition of the Sm2Fe17Nx.Sintering at lower temperature can preserve the crystal structure of Sm2Fe17Nx compound, while the powders cannot be consolidated into a fully dense compact.An increased compressive pressure leads to better magnetic properties and higher density for the magnet at the same sintering temperature.

  7. Phase transformation in the alumina-titania system during flash sintering experiments

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    Jha, S.K.; Lebrun, J.M.; Raj, R. (Colorado)

    2016-02-01

    We show that phase transformation in the alumina–titania system, which produces aluminum-titanate, follows an unusual trajectory during flash sintering. The experiments begin with mixed powders of alumina–titania and end in dense microstructures that are transformed into aluminum-titanate. The sintering and the phase transformation are separated in time, with the sintering occurs during Stage II, and phase transformation during Stage III of the flash sintering experiment. Stage III is the steady-state condition of flash activated state that is established under current control, while Stage II is the period of transition from voltage to current control. The extent of phase transformation increases with the current density and the hold time in Stage III.

  8. Influence of Phase Composition on Sintered Microstructure of Combustion Synthesized Oxides

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    Ibram Ganesh

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of powders synthesis methods (urea-combustion synthesis (CS and conventional solid-state (SS reaction on the sintering ability, microstructural features, and mechanical properties of Al2O3, MgAl2O4 spinel, and 20 wt.% ZrO2–MgAl2O4 upon sintering at 1625C∘ were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, relative density (RD, apparent porosity and water absorption capacity, hardness, fracture toughness, and three-point bend test studies revealed the superior sintering ability of CS ZrO2-MgAl2O4 composite powder as compared with one prepared by SS reaction. In contrast, single-phase powders obtained by SS reaction exhibit superior sintering ability over CS synthesized ones. The reasons for differences observed are discussed along this paper.

  9. Structural, Mechanical and Tribological Properties of Spark Plasma Sintered Ti6Al4V Alloy

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    Mróz A.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The influence of spark plasma sintering parameters on the structural, mechanical and tribological characteristics of the Ti6Al4V alloy, which is used as implant material in biomedical engineering, was investigated. The experimental data confirm that full density and attractive mechanical properties can be obtained using the spark plasma sintering method. Tribological tests, performed in dry conditions, allowed the authors to indicate the most suitable sintering parameters. The material characterized by the highest wear resistance was selected for further tribological testing in articulation with UHMWPE in simulated body fluids. Although the weight of the polymeric material articulating against the sintered Ti6Al4V was slightly higher compared to the UHMWPE articulating against the reference material (Ti6Al4V rod, the friction coefficient was lower.

  10. Huadong sintering model about expansion and shrinkage

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    2001-01-01

    The whole sintering course from the beginning of heating to the end of heat preservation stage was studied by taking into account the influence of pressing. It was found that there exist expanding mechanism and shrinking mechanism in the sintering process, and the expanding mechanism is always acting before the shrinking mechanism. Whether the sintering body shrinks or expands depends on the interaction between the two mechanisms. And according to this, the Huadong sintering model in account of expansion and shrinkage mechanism was given.

  11. Porous silicon gettering

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    Tsuo, Y.S.; Menna, P.; Pitts, J.R. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)] [and others

    1996-05-01

    The authors have studied a novel extrinsic gettering method that uses the large surface areas produced by a porous-silicon etch as gettering sites. The annealing step of the gettering used a high-flux solar furnace. They found that a high density of photons during annealing enhanced the impurity diffusion to the gettering sites. The authors used metallurgical-grade Si (MG-Si) prepared by directional solidification casing as the starting material. They propose to use porous-silicon-gettered MG-Si as a low-cost epitaxial substrate for polycrystalline silicon thin-film growth.

  12. Microstructured silicon radiation detector

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    Okandan, Murat; Derzon, Mark S.; Draper, Bruce L.

    2017-03-14

    A radiation detector comprises a silicon body in which are defined vertical pores filled with a converter material and situated within silicon depletion regions. One or more charge-collection electrodes are arranged to collect current generated when secondary particles enter the silicon body through walls of the pores. The pores are disposed in low-density clusters, have a majority pore thickness of 5 .mu.m or less, and have a majority aspect ratio, defined as the ratio of pore depth to pore thickness, of at least 10.

  13. Mineralogy and microstructure of sintered lignite coal fly ash

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    Marina Ilic; Christopher Cheeseman; Christopher Sollars; Jonathan Knight [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Belgrade (Yugoslavia)

    2003-02-01

    Lignite coal fly ash from the 'Nikola Tesla' power plant in Yugoslavia has been characterised, milled, compacted and sintered to form monolithic ceramic materials. The effect of firing at temperatures between 1130 and 1190{sup o}C on the density, water accessible porosity, mineralogy and microstructure of sintered samples is reported. This class C fly ash has an initial average particle size of 82 {mu}m and contains siliceous glass together with the crystalline phases quartz, anorthite, gehlenite, hematite and mullite. Milling the ash to an average particle size of 5.6 m, compacting and firing at 1170{sup o}C for 1 h produces materials with densities similar to clay-based ceramics that exhibit low water absorption. Sintering reduces the amount of glass, quartz, gehlenite and anhydrite, but increases formation of anorthite, mullite, hematite and cristobalite. SEM confirms the formation of a dense ceramic at 1170{sup o}C and indicates that pyroplastic effects cause pore formation and bloating at 1190{sup o}C. 23 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Synthesis of High Purity Sinterable Silicon Carbide Powder

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    1989-11-01

    10 G-500 TORCH 50 kW (Max) : kW (Derated) BTU/HR (Derated) RE, E-500 »CTOR/AFTERCOOLEP B70" .0X 72" T/T ISO M BTU/HR Copper B-500 DUST...Post Office Box 27002 Richmond, VA 23230 277. D. Messier U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory DRXMR-MC 405 Arsenal Street Watertown, MA

  15. Chemometric study of the sinter mixtures used in sinter plants in Poland

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    A. Smoliński

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The main goal of the study was the analysis of chemical parameters of sinter mixtures used in sinter plants in Poland. For this purpose the chemometric method was used, in this case hierarchical clustering analysis. This method allowed to examine the similarities and differences between the studied sinter mixtures.

  16. Harmful admixtures assessment in sinter mixtures used in iron ore sinter plants in Poland

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    J. Korol

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study composition of sinter mixtures used in Polish sinter plants were established. Seven sinter mixtures composition were examined, based on iron-bearing materials, admixtures and fuels. Contents of harmful admixtures were examined according to three kinds of environmental impacts: emissions of SOx, heavy metals, polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDDs/PCDFs.

  17. Alternative sintering methods compared to conventional thermal sintering for inkjet printed silver nanoparticle ink

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    Niittynen, J.; Abbel, R.; Mäntysalo, M.; Perelaer, J.; Schubert, U.S.; Lupo, D.

    2014-01-01

    In this contribution several alternative sintering methods are compared to traditional thermal sintering as high temperature and long process time of thermal sintering are increasing the costs of inkjet-printing and preventing the use of this technology in large scale manufacturing. Alternative sint

  18. Effect of sinter layer porosity distribution on flow and temperature fields in a sinter cooler

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    Jik-chang Leong; Kai-wun Jin; Jia-shyan Shiau; Tzer-ming Jeng; Chang-hsien Tai

    2009-01-01

    When sinters are filled into the sinter cooler from the sintering machine, it is commonly seen that, due to segregation ef-fects, sinters of larger size usually accumulate closer to the inner wall of the sinter cooler, whereas those of smaller size are to the outer wall. This nonuniform distribution of sinters has led to uneven cooling effect throughout the cooler. This causes the sinters leaving the cooler at a large temperature difference. This undesired temperature difference leads to the deformation and even the de-struction of the conveyors. The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique was used in the present work to investigate the heat and fluid flow phenomena within the sinter cooler corresponding to the different distribution of sinter layer porosity, which was highly dependent on the arrangement and orientation of sinters within the sinter cooler. It is confirmed that a high mass flow rate within the sinter layer causes a low temperature region and vice versa. The flow fields for vertically reducing porosity distribution and random distribution are almost identical indicating the relative insignificance of convective heat transfer mechanism.

  19. Effect of biomass on temperatures of sintering and initial deformation of lignite ash

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    H. Haykiri-Acma; S. Yama; S. Kucukbayrak [Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey). Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

    2010-10-15

    Sintering temperatures and the initial deformation temperatures of ashes from Turkish Elbistan lignite, and biomass species such as hazelnut shell and rice husk were investigated up to 1450{sup o}C by Heating Microscope Technique. Sintering temperatures were found 1300, 1269, and 1320{sup o}C for hazelnut shell, rice husk, and lignite, respectively, while the initial deformation temperatures were >1450, 1370, and >1450{sup o}C. Lignite/biomass blends were prepared by adding of biomass into coal in the ratios of 5 or 10 wt.%, and then effects of biomass presence on sintering temperature and the initial deformation temperature were tested. It was determined that the addition of potassium-rich hazelnut shell reduced the sintering temperatures to 919 and 730{sup o}C for the blends of 5 and 10 wt.%, respectively. Also, initial deformation temperature dropped to 788{sup o}C in case of the blend of 10 wt.%. Such a big antagonistic influence of hazelnut shell on the thermal behaviour of ash is attributed to the interaction of potassium from biomass with silicon compounds found in mineral matter of lignite. In addition, concentration of CaO may be another reason for this. On the other hand, the presence of rice husk showed limited effect on the sintering temperature as well the initial deformation temperature. 20 refs., 3 figs., 5 tabs.

  20. Fracture toughness of Si3N4 processed by gas pressure sintering and hot pressing

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    Cláudio V. Rocha

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available This present work evaluates the influence of microstructure on the fracture toughness of two types of silicon nitride. The two microstructural types of silicon nitride were processed using the gas pressure sintering (GPS and hot pressing (HP pathways. The fracture toughness was measured using the Single Edge V-Notch Beam (SEVNB and Chevron Notch Beam (CNB methods. The results from both methods for the two forms were in close agreement (with a maximum variation of 5.8%; the K Ic of the material processed by HP was 35% higher than that of GPS and the grain length had a direct influence on the fracture toughness.

  1. The effect of microstructural variation on the mechanical and acoustic properties of silicon carbide

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    Slusark, Douglas Michael

    Silicon carbide ceramic materials have many beneficial properties which have led to their adoption in various industrial uses, including its application as an armor material. This is due to the high hardness and stiffness of these materials, as well as a low relative density. The homogeneity of the final properties depends upon the processing history of the material. Factors which affect this include the need for high temperatures and sintering additives to achieve densification, as well as the presence of additive agglomerates and pressing artifacts within the green compact. This dissertation seeks to determine the effect which microstructural variability has on the acoustic and mechanical properties of sintered silicon carbide materials. Sample sets examined included commercially produced, pressurelessly sintered tiles, as well as additional, targeted tiles which were specifically produced for evaluation in this study. Production of these targeted samples was carried out such that particular aspects of the microstructure were emphasized. These included tiles which were fired with an excess of boron sintering aid as well as tiles which had been pressed to a reduced green body density and then fired. The sample evaluation procedure which was developed incorporated non destructive evaluation methods, mechanical testing, and both fractographic and image analysis of fractured and polished sections. Non destructive evaluation of the tiles was carried out by Archimedes density and ultrasound scanning at 20 MHz to determine the acoustic attenuation coefficient. Selected samples were chosen for machining into ASTM B-type bend bars on which 4-pt flexure testing was performed. Strength limiting features were designated for each sample set. The correlation between acoustic attenuation coefficient and quasi-static strength was examined both qualitatively and quantitatively. This was done by comparing the primary fracture location of flexure bars to features within the

  2. Zirconium carbonitride pellets by internal sol gel and spark plasma sintering as inert matrix fuel material

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    Hedberg, Marcus; Cologna, Marco; Cambriani, Andrea; Somers, Joseph; Ekberg, Christian

    2016-10-01

    Inert matrix fuel is a fuel type where the fissile material is blended with a solid diluent material. In this work zirconium carbonitride microspheres have been produced by internal sol gel technique, followed by carbothermal reduction. Material nitride purities in the produced materials ranged from Zr(N0.45C0.55) to Zr(N0.74C0.26) as determined by X-ray diffraction and application of Vegard's law. The zirconium carbonitride microspheres have been pelletized by spark plasma sintering (SPS) and by conventional cold pressing and sintering. In all SPS experiments cohesive pellets were formed. Maximum final density reached by SPS at 1700 °C was 87% theoretical density (TD) compared to 53% TD in conventional sintering at 1700 °C. Pore sizes in all the produced pellets were in the μm scale and no density gradients could be observed by computer tomography.

  3. Pair distribution functions of silicon/silicon nitride interfaces

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    Cao, Deng; Bachlechner, Martina E.

    2006-03-01

    Using molecular dynamics simulations, we investigate different mechanical and structural properties of the silicon/silicon nitride interface. One way to characterize the structure as tensile strain is applied parallel to the interface is to calculate pair distribution functions for specific atom types. The pair distribution function gives the probability of finding a pair of atoms a distance r apart, relative to the probability expected for a completely random distribution at the same density. The pair distribution functions for bulk silicon nitride reflect the fracture of the silicon nitride film at about 8 % and the fact that the centerpiece of the silicon nitride film returns to its original structure after fracture. The pair distribution functions for interface silicon atoms reveal the formation of bonds for originally unbound atom pairs, which is indicative of the interstitial-vacancy defect that causes failure in silicon.

  4. Kinetics mechanism of microwave sintering in ceramic materials

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    2009-01-01

    Based on the traditional sintering model incorporating the characteristic of microwave sintering, the ionic conductance diffusion mechanism in microwave sintering was studied. A flat-ball model was presented to describe the kinetics process in microwave sintering, and was applied to the sintering process of TZP and ZrO2-Al2O3 ceramics. The results indicate that the shrinkage rate of materials in microwave sintering is proportional to t2/3 and r-4/3, respectively, where t is the sintering time and r is the particle radius. Whereas, the shrinkage rate of materials in conventional sintering is proportional to sintering time t2/5. Our model suggests that microwave sintering is faster than conventional sintering, which shows a good agreement with the experimental observation in sintering process of TZP and ZrO2-Al2O3.

  5. Magnetic Properties of Liquid-Phase Sintered CoFe2O4 for Application in Magnetoelastic and Magnetoelectric Transducers

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    de Brito, Vera Lúcia Othéro; Cunha, Stéphanie Alá; Lemos, Leonardo Violim; Nunes, Cristina Bormio

    2012-01-01

    Cobalt ferrite is a ferrimagnetic magnetostrictive ceramic that has potential application in magnetoelastic and magnetoelectric transducers. In this work, CoFe2O4 was obtained using a conventional ceramic method and Bi2O3 was used as additive in order to obtain liquid-phase sintered samples. Bi2O3 was added to the ferrite in amounts ranging from 0.25 mol% to 0.45 mol% and samples were sintered at 900 °C and 950 °C. It was observed the presence of Bi-containing particles in the microstructure of the sintered samples and the magnetostriction results indicated microstructural anisotropy. It was verified that it is possible to get dense cobalt ferrites, liquid-phase sintered, with relative densities higher than 90% and with magnetostriction values very close to samples sintered without additives. PMID:23112589

  6. Field assisted sintering of dense Al-substituted cubic phase Li7La3Zr2O12 solid electrolytes

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    Zhang, Yanhua; Chen, Fei; Tu, Rong; Shen, Qiang; Zhang, Lianmeng

    2014-12-01

    High performance lithium ion conducting Li7La3Zr2O12 solid electrolytes are prepared for the first time by field assisted sintering technology (FAST). The effect of sintering temperature on the phase compositions, microstructure and Li ionic conductivity is systematically investigated. The results show that pure cubic phase LLZO can be obtained at a range of temperatures from 1100 to 1180 °C for no more than 10 min. For the sample sintered at 1150 °C, a maximum relative density of 99.8% with a total ionic conductivity as high as 5.7 × 10-4 S cm-1 are obtained at room temperature. This value is the highest among the present research. Compared with the traditional preparation methods, the current FAST is very promising to obtain high performance LLZO for its advantages of very short sintering time, a single preparation step of reaction-densification processing, and relatively lower sintering temperature.

  7. SELF SINTERING OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES

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    McVay, T.N.; Johnson, J.R.; Struxness, E.G.; Morgan, K.Z.

    1959-12-29

    A method is described for disposal of radioactive liquid waste materials. The wastes are mixed with clays and fluxes to form a ceramic slip and disposed in a thermally insulated container in a layer. The temperature of the layer rises due to conversion of the energy of radioactivity to heat boillng off the liquid to fomn a dry mass. The dry mass is then covered with thermal insulation, and the mass is self-sintered into a leach-resistant ceramic cake by further conversion of the energy of radioactivity to heat.

  8. Carbothermal synthesis of silicon carbide

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    Janney, M.A.; Wei, G.C.; Kennedy, C.R.; Harris, L.A.

    1985-05-01

    Silicon carbide powders were synthesized from various silica and carbon sources by a carbothermal reduction process at temperatures between 1500 and 1600/sup 0/C. The silica sources were fumed silica, methyltrimethoxysilane, and microcrystalline quartz. The carbon sources were petroleum pitch, phenolic resin, sucrose, and carbon black. Submicron SiC powders were synthesized. Their morphologies included equiaxed loosely-bound agglomerates, equiaxed hard-shell agglomerates, and whiskers. Morphology changed with the furnace atmosphere (argon, nitrogen, or nitrogen-4% hydrogen). The best sintering was observed in SiC derived from the fumed-silica-pitch and fumed-silica-sucrose precursors. The poorest sintering was observed in SiC derived from microcrystalline quartz and carbon black. 11 refs., 16 figs., 10 tabs.

  9. Processing of silicon nitride and alumina nanosize powders

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    Gonzalez, E.J.; Piermarini, G.; Hockey, B.; Malghan, S.G. [National Inst. of Standard and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (United States)

    1995-08-01

    The effects of pressure on the compaction and subsequent processing of nanosize {gamma} alumina powders were studied. A 3 mm diameter piston/cylinder die was used to compact the nanosize powders to pressures of 1 and 2.5 GPa. The green bodies were sintered at temperatures up to 1600{degrees}C. Results show that green body density can be increased by higher compaction pressures. It appears that as a result of the {gamma}-to-{alpha} transformation in alumina, higher green density does not necessarily produce a higher density sintered alumina body. The microstructures of the sintered bodies are described in terms of porosity and phase content.

  10. Decrease of sintering temperature by CuO doping of the 0.8Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.2PbTiO{sub 3} ceramics prepared by reaction-sintering method

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    Fang, Bijun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu (China); Key Laboratory of New Energy Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu (China); Jiang, Na; Ding, Chenlu; Du, Qingbo [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu (China); Ding, Jianning [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu (China); Key Laboratory of New Energy Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu (China); Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu (China)

    2012-02-15

    CuO-doped 0.8Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.2PbTiO{sub 3} (0.8PMN-0.2PT) ceramics were prepared by the reaction-sintering method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation and density measurement confirmed that the CuO-doped 0.8PMN-0.2PT ceramics prepared by the reaction-sintering method with the addition of up to 5 mol% CuO and sintered over a wide sintering temperature range exhibit pure rhombohedral perovskite structure, rather homogeneous micromorphology and high relative density. As compared to the undoped 0.8PMN-0.2PT ceramics prepared by the same method, CuO proves to be an effective sintering aid, which can greatly decrease the sintering temperature of the 0.8PMN-0.2PT ceramics prepared by the reaction-sintering method, where high relative density can be obtained and the electrical properties are not deteriorated or improved of the synthesized 0.8PMN-0.2PT ceramics. The CuO doping content and sintering temperature exert great influences on the crystal structure, density and electrical properties of the 0.8PMN-0.2PT ceramics prepared by the reaction-sintering method. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Microwave sintering versus conventional sintering of NiCuZn ferrites. Part II: Microstructure and DC-bias superposition characteristics

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    Ouyang, Chenxin, E-mail: cxouyang@foxmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenzhen Graduate School, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055 (China); Research Center, Shenzhen Zhenhua Fu Electronics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, Guangdong 518109 (China); Xiao, Shumin [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenzhen Graduate School, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055 (China); Zhu, Jianhua [Research Center, Shenzhen Zhenhua Fu Electronics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, Guangdong 518109 (China); College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518060 (China); Shi, Wei [Research Center, Shenzhen Zhenhua Fu Electronics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, Guangdong 518109 (China)

    2016-06-01

    NiCuZn ferrites with the composition of (Ni{sub 0.48}Cu{sub 0.10}Zn{sub 0.42}O){sub 1.04}(Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.96} were consolidated by microwave sintering (MS) and conventional sintering (CS), respectively. The influences of external microwave field and additives (1 wt% BSZ glass or 1 wt% Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}) on the microstructure and DC-bias superposition characteristics of NiCuZn ferrites were investigated. Experimental results demonstrated that the final grain size was much larger with higher density since applying microwave field. In addition, for undoped ferrites, coarse grains structure obtained from microwave sintering is harmful to the DC-bias superposition characteristics. However, since adding BSZ glass or Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the discrepancy on the final grain size obtained from MS and CS methods is not obvious. NiCuZn ferrites with the addition of BSZ glass or Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibited a stronger ability to inhibit the drop of permeability under the DC-bias magnetic field. Possible mechanisms behind are discussed in this article. - Highlights: • Magnetization process of NiCuZn ferrite under bias current field is studied. • Coarse grains size from microwave sintering is harmful to endure bias current attack. • BSZ glass and Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} could enhance the density and DC-bias superposition property.

  12. Sintering of Spherical Particles of Equal and Different Size Arranged in a Body Centered Cubic Structure

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    Redanz, Pia; McMeeking, R. M.

    2003-01-01

    Solid-state sintering of a bcc structure of spherical particles has been studied numerically by use of simple shape parameters to describe the state of the unit cell. Both free and pressure-assisted sintering of particles of equal and different sizes for various ratios of boundary and surface...... to interact, or the next-nearest neighbours in the particle structure attain contact. Quantative measures of the density at the transition from open pore space between the particles to closed porosity as well as the density at which the next-nearest neighbours start to touch are derived. Furthermore...

  13. Some features of sintering of tungsten powders

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    Andreiev Igor Viktorovich

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A method of activating the sintering process for tungsten powders using a closed reaction space and hydrogen, steam-saturated water was observed. This sintering process is allowed to activate super coarse-grained (1000μm tungsten powder sat relatively low temperatures (1000-1200°C.

  14. Method of sintering materials with microwave radiation

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    Kimrey, Jr., Harold D.; Holcombe, Jr., Cressie E.; Dykes, Norman L.

    1994-01-01

    A method of sintering ceramic materials following: A compacted article comprising inorganic particles coated with carbon is provided, the carbon providing improved microwave coupling. The compacted article is then heated by microwave radiation to a temperature and for a period of time sufficient to sinter the compacted article.

  15. The Influence of Sintering Temperature of Reactive Sintered (Ti, MoC-Ni Cermets

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    Marek Jõeleht

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Titanium-molybdenum carbide nickel cermets ((Ti, MoC-Ni were produced using high energy milling and reactive sintering process. Compared to conventional TiC-NiMo cermet sintering the parameters for reactive sintered cermets vary since additional processes are present such as carbide synthesis. Therefore, it is essential to acquire information about the suitable sintering regime for reactive sintered cermets. One of the key parameters is the final sintering temperature when the liquid binder Ni forms the final matrix and vacancies inside the material are removed. The influence of the final sintering temperature is analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical properties of the material are characterized by transverse rupture strength, hardness and fracture toughness.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.3.7179

  16. Processing of pure titanium containing titanium-based reinforcing ceramics additives using spark plasma sintering

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    Mondiu Olayinka DUROWOJU

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The densification behaviour, microstructural changes and hardness characteristics during spark plasma sintering of CP-Ti reinforced with TiC, TiN, TiCN and TiB2 were investigated. Commercially pure Ti powders were dry mixed with varied amounts (2.5 and 5 wt. % of the ceramic additives using a T2F Turbula mixer for 5 h and at a speed of 49 rpm. The blended composite powders were then sintered using spark plasma sintering system (model HHPD-25 from FCT Germany at a heating rate of 100oC min-1, dwell time of 5 min and sintering temperature of 950ºC. The sintering of CP-Ti was used as a base study to select the proper spark plasma sintering temperature for full density. Densification was monitored through analysis of the recorded punch displacement and the measured density of the sintered samples using Archimedes method. High densities ranging from 97.8% for 5% TiB2 addition to 99.6% for 5% TiCN addition were achieved at a relatively low temperature of 950°C. Microstructural analyses show a uniform distribution of the additives and finer structure showing their inhibitive effect on grain growth. An improved hardness was observed in all the cases with highest values obtained with TiCN as a result of the combined effect of TiC and TiN. A change in the fracture mode from trans granular to intergranular was also observed.

  17. Fundamental Study of Interactions Between Pulsed High-Density Plasmas and Materials for Space Propulsion

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    2016-05-23

    thermal shock and allows for optical plasma diagnostics. The new capillary uses a flash lamp approach for triggering to eliminate the need for a...add silicon oxide to alumina processing to form relatively low- melting aluminosilicate phases to enhance densification/ sintering at temperatures well...pressure on the microstructure of spark plasma sintered silicon carbide,” Journal of Chemical Processing Research 16, 303 (2007). 5. O. Sharia

  18. Fabrication of high thermal conductive Al-cBN ceramic sinters by high temperature high pressure method

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    Wang, P. F.; Li, Zh. H.; Zhu, Y. M.

    2011-05-01

    Al-cBN ceramic sinters were fabricated by sintering micro-powder mixture of Al and cBN under high temperature and high pressure condition. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) elemental mapping analyses and laser flashing thermal conductivity measurements were performed to investigate the sintering properties and thermal conductivity of the Al-cBN ceramic sinters. XRD analysis revealed these Al-cBN ceramic sinters were composed of a large portion of cBN and of a small portion of AlN, and very little amount of AlB 12 and hBN. Formation of boundary phase resulted in the rapid densification of the sinters, as well as the increase of their relative density with increasing Al additions. The Al-cBN ceramic sinters have a maximum thermal conductivity of about 1.94 W/cm K at room temperature and a much higher value of about 2.04 W/cm K at 200 °C. Their high thermal conductivity over that of AlN-hBN composites promise Al-cBN ceramic sinters favorite candidates as high efficiency heat sink materials for wide band gap semiconductors.

  19. Influence of two-step sintering on ceramic nanocomposites microstructure; Influencia da sinterizacao em etapas na microestrutura dos nanocompositos ceramicos

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    Rodrigues, L.; Chinelatto, A.S.A.; Chinelatto, A. L., E-mail: leandro.rodrigues.1991@gmail.com [Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (UEPG), PR (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais

    2012-07-01

    Two-step sintering has been able to produce fully dense bodies and with controlled grain size, without pressure during sintering. In this study, it was studied the sintering behavior of alumina-5% vol zirconia powders submitted to high energy milling. For this, the mixture of 5% vol of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} partially stabilized zirconia and 95% vol alumina powder was performed by high-energy ball milling (Spex 8000) with a ball ratio: mass of material at 7:1, in a steel vial with balls of steel, in milling times from 0 to 7 hours. The milled powders were characterized by X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). After milling, the powders were uniaxially pressed and two-step sintered with heating at a temperature of 1500 deg C for 5 minutes, cooling until 1450°C and then sintering at this temperature for 2 hours. The sintered composites were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, apparent density and scanning electron microscopy. The results were compared with the conventional sintering and showed that the microstructure of the nanocomposites appears more refined and homogeneous when they are sintered in steps. (author)

  20. Microstructure and properties of liquid-phase sintered tungsten heavy alloys by using ultra-fine tungsten powders

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    于洋; 王尔德

    2004-01-01

    The microstructure and properties of liquid-phase sintered 93W-4.9Ni-2.1Fe tungsten heavy alloys using ultra-fine tungsten powders (medium particle size of 700 nm) and original tungsten powders (medium particle size of 3 μm) were investigated respectively. Commercial tungsten powders (original tungsten powders) were mechanically milled in a high-energy attritor mill for 35 h. Ultra-fine tungsten powders and commercial Ni, Fe powders were consolidated into green compacts by using CIP method and liquid-phase sintering at 1 465 ℃ for 30 min in the dissociated ammonia atmosphere. Liquid-phase sintered tungsten heavy alloys using ultra-fine tungsten powders exhibit full densification (above 99% in relative density) and higher strength and elongation compared with conventional liquidphase sintered alloys using original tungsten powders due to lower sintering temperature at 1 465 ℃ and short sintering time. The mechanical properties of sintered tungsten heavy alloy are found to be mainly dependent on the particles size of raw tungsten powders and liquid-phase sintering temperature.

  1. Ageing sintered silver: Relationship between tensile behavior, mechanical properties and the nanoporous structure evolution

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    Gadaud, Pascal; Caccuri, Vincenzo; Bertheau, Denis [Institut Pprime, Dept. Phys. Mech. Mat., UPR CNRS 3346, ENSMA, Université de Poitiers, 1 av. Clément Ader, Téléport 2, 86961 Futuroscope – Chasseneuil (France); Carr, James [HMXIF, Materials Science Centre, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Milhet, Xavier, E-mail: xavier.milhet@ensma.fr [Institut Pprime, Dept. Phys. Mech. Mat., UPR CNRS 3346, ENSMA, Université de Poitiers, 1 av. Clément Ader, Téléport 2, 86961 Futuroscope – Chasseneuil (France)

    2016-07-04

    Silver pastes sintering is a potential candidate for die bonding in power electronic modules. The joints, obtained by sintering, exhibit a significant pore fraction thus reducing the density of the material compared to bulk silver. This was shown to alter drastically the mechanical properties (Young's modulus, yield strength and ultimate tensile stress) at room temperature. While careful analysis of the microstructure has been reported for the as-sintered material, little is known about its quantitative evolution (pores and grains) during thermal ageing. To address this issue, sintered bulk specimens and sintered joints were aged either under isothermal conditions (125 °C up to 1500 h) or under thermal cycling (between −40 °C/+125 °C with 30 min dwell time at each temperature for 2400 cycles). Under these conditions, it is shown that the density of the material does not change but the sub-micron porosity evolves towards a broader size distribution, consistent with Oswald ripening. It is also shown that only the step at 125 °C during the non-isothermal ageing is responsible for the microstructure evolution: isothermal ageing at high temperature can be regarded as a useful tool to perform accelerated ageing tests. Tensile properties are investigated as both a function of ageing time and a function of density. It is shown that the elastic properties do not evolve with the ageing time unlike the plastic properties. This is discussed as a function of the material microstructure evolution.

  2. Equivalent Resistance in Pulse Electric Current Sintering

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    2002-01-01

    The sintering resistance for conductive TiB2 and non-conductive Al2O3 as well as empty die during pulse current sintering were investigated in this paper.Equivalent resistances were measured by current and valtage during sintering the conductive and non-conductive materials in the same conditions.It is found that the current paths for conductive are different from those for non-conductive materials.For non-conductive materials,sintering resistances are influenced by powder sizes and heating rates,which indicates that pulse current has some interaction with non-conductive powders.For conductive TiB2,sintering resistances are influenced by heating rates and ball-milling time,which indicates the effect of powders activated by spark.

  3. Solar furnace sintering of ceramic materials

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    Zhilinska, N.; Zalite, I.; Korb, G.; Angerer, P.; Rodriguez, J.; Martinez, D.

    2004-07-01

    This paper reports on the current status of application of solar furnace for sintering of TiCN, TiO2 and Al2O3 nano powders with the specific surface area of 30-50 m''2/g and average particle size of 30-50 nm. The powders have been prepared by the plasma chemical synthesis and other methods. This work relates to innovative methods of sintering in the solar furnace at Plataforma Solar de Almeria and the Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS). The influence of sintering temperature, sintering time and heating rate on the densification behaviour of the nanopowders was investigated. The results were compared with the data obtained using commercial powders. (Author) 4 refs.

  4. Marginal Accuracy and Internal Fit of 3-D Printing Laser-Sintered Co-Cr Alloy Copings

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    Myung-Joo Kim

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Laser sintered technology has been introduced for clinical use and can be utilized more widely, accompanied by the digitalization of dentistry and the development of direct oral scanning devices. This study was performed with the aim of comparing the marginal accuracy and internal fit of Co-Cr alloy copings fabricated by casting, CAD/CAM (Computer-aided design/Computer-assisted manufacture milled, and 3-D laser sintered techniques. A total of 36 Co-Cr alloy crown-copings were fabricated from an implant abutment. The marginal and internal fit were evaluated by measuring the weight of the silicone material, the vertical marginal discrepancy using a microscope, and the internal gap in the sectioned specimens. The data were statistically analyzed by One-way ANOVA (analysis of variance, a Scheffe’s test, and Pearson’s correlation at the significance level of p = 0.05, using statistics software. The silicone weight was significantly low in the casting group. The 3-D laser sintered group showed the highest vertical discrepancy, and marginal-, occlusal-, and average- internal gaps (p < 0.05. The CAD/CAM milled group revealed a significantly high axial internal gap. There are moderate correlations between the vertical marginal discrepancy and the internal gap variables (r = 0.654, except for the silicone weight. In this study, the 3-D laser sintered group achieved clinically acceptable marginal accuracy and internal fit.

  5. Effect of Sintering Temperature on Microstructure and Hydrogen Permeation Properties of Perovskite Membrane

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    Marzieh Heidari; Akbar Zamaniyan; Aliakbar SafeKordi; Ensieh Ganji Babakhani; Mahdi Amanipour

    2013-01-01

    The BaCe0.9Y0.1O3-δ (BCY) perovskite membrane was successfully synthesized by liquid citrate method.The phase structure of the powder was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD).Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to characterize microstructures of the membrane sintered under various conditions.Sintering temperatures and dwell time during sintering influence the final microstructure of the ceramic.Results showed that increasing sintering temperature resulted in a dense membrane with clear grains.An increase of dwell time was favorable to produce membranes with larger grains in the sintered ceramics.A density of 5.87 g/cm3 was reached for the membrane after sintering at 1200 C with dwell time of 10 h.This resulted in the formation of dense membranes with clear structure and average grain size of 0.27 μm.The influence of microstructure on the hydrogen permeation flux through BCY was observed by measuring the hydrogen permeation flux,and the results showed that hydrogen permeation flux increases with increasing the average grain size of the membrane.From H2 permeation rates,it was found that bulk diffusion rather than surface reaction played the dominant role in H2 transport.

  6. Low-temperature sintering of nanoscale silver paste for semiconductor device interconnection

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    Bai, Guofeng

    This research has developed a lead-free semiconductor device interconnect technology by studying the processing-microstructure-property relationships of low-temperature sintering of nanoscale silver pastes. The nanoscale silver pastes have been formulated by adding organic components (dispersant, binder and thinner) into nano-silver particles. The selected organic components have the nano-particle polymeric stabilization, paste processing quality adjustment, and non-densifying diffusion retarding functions and thus help the pastes sinter to ˜80% bulk density at temperatures no more than 300°C. It has been found that the low-temperature sintered silver has better electrical, thermal and overall thermomechanical properties compared with the existing semiconductor device interconnecting materials such as solder alloys and conductive epoxies. After solving the organic burnout problems associated with the covered sintering, a lead-free semiconductor device interconnect technology has been designed to be compatible with the existing surface-mounting techniques with potentially low-cost. It has been found that the low-temperature sintered silver joints have high electrical, thermal, and mechanical performance. The reliability of the silver joints has also been studied by the 50-250°C thermal cycling experiment. Finally, the bonging strength drop of the silver joints has been suggested to be ductile fracture in the silver joints as micro-voids nucleated at microscale grain boundaries during the temperature cycling. The low-temperature silver sintering technology has enabled some benchmark packaging concepts and substantial advantages in future applications.

  7. Preparation and properties of low cement castable sintered at different temperatures

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    Sanja Martinović

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The low cement high alumina castable (LCC studied in this paper was synthesised, cured and then treated at different sintering temperatures. Since any inhomogeneity introduced during the castable preparation can remain inside the material degrading its properties and therefore the quality during service life, particular attention was given to the processing procedure in order to produce the material with the optimum characteristics. Composition of the castable regarding particle size distribution was adjusted according to the Andreassen’s packing model. The samples were sintered at 1100, 1300 and 1600°C for three hours. Influence of the different sintering temperatures on the castable properties is discussed. Compressive and flexural strengths were determined by destructive testing method, while the water immersion method was used for determination of the bulk density and the water absorption. Changes of elastic properties and microstructure (porosity were observed by the non-destructive testing methods, ultrasonic measurements and image analysis. Based on the results, it can be concluded that sintering temperature has strong influence on the properties of the LCC. Exceptionally good properties were obtained for the sample sintered at 1600°C, but it should be highlighted that the samples treated at 1100 and 1300°C were provided with good properties, too. This should not be neglected because of the energy saving importance, in cases where the material sintered at lower temperature satisfies the application requirements.

  8. Recovery of Al and Na Values from Red Mud by BaO-Na2CO3 Sinter Process

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    S.N. Meher

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The red mud BaO-Na2CO3 sinter process can be used in combination with the Bayer process to recover sodium and aluminium from the red mud waste and direct it back to the process stream. This is facilitated by the high temperature reaction of BaO-Na2CO3 and De-silication product (Sodalite (DSP in the red mud to produce an insoluble di-barium silicate, barium titanate, barium ferrite and a soluble sodium aluminate. A variation of the red mud BaO-Na2CO3 sintering process using half the barium oxide of existing methods has been investigated. The barium to silicon ratio was reduced from 2 to 1 producing a sodium barium silicate (Na2BaSiO4 rather than the di-barium silicate (Ba2SiO4 insoluble phase produced in the existing BaO-Na2CO3 sinter method. Synthetic BaO-Na2CO3 sinter products were investigated to understand the phases produced during sintering at varying temperatures and the chemistry of extraction. The target phases and morphological behaviors of sinter products were seen in XRD and SEM and the highest extractions were produced from a sinter temperature of 1000 °C for 4 h. A two-stage (105 °C / 60 min, 105 °C / 240 min water or caustic leaching process was found to be most effective for extraction. Sodium and aluminium extractions were 99% and 99.5% respectively. The experimental method devised was then used to treat red mud and the target phases were produced. An extraction of sodium and aluminium of 94% and 87% respectively was achieved. Silicon extractions were below 2%. Production benefits include sodium hydroxide savings, liquor burning, increased aluminium extraction and reduced cost of waste handling.

  9. Effect of sintering parameters on mechanical properties and microstructures of B{sub 4}C/TiB{sub 2} ceramic composites

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    Sun, Junlong; Liu, Changxia; Wang, Liangshen; Feng, Baofu; Xie, Zaiyu [Ludong Univ., Yantai (China). School of Transportation; Li, Bin [Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology (China). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2016-01-15

    B{sub 4}C/TiB{sub 2} ceramic composites were fabricated using in-situ reaction and hot-pressing. The effects of sintering parameters on mechanical properties and microstructures of B{sub 4}C/TiB{sub 2} ceramic composites are analyzed and discussed. Composites sintered at 1950 C for 60 min exhibited good mechanical properties. The relationship between bending strength and sintering parameters was similar to that between indentation fracture resistance and sintering parameters. The relationship between Vickers hardness and sintering parameters was consistent with that between relative density and sintering parameters. Analysis of microstructures indicated that the mechanical properties of B{sub 4}C/TiB{sub 2} ceramic composites were affected by the porosity, interface bonding among grains, development of grains and fracture mechanism of the composites.

  10. Hyperdoping silicon with selenium: solid vs. liquid phase epitaxy

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    Zhou, Shengqiang; Liu, Fang; Prucnal, S.; Gao, Kun; Khalid, M.; Baehtz, C.; Posselt, M.; Skorupa, W.; Helm, M

    2015-01-01

    Chalcogen-hyperdoped silicon shows potential applications in silicon-based infrared photodetectors and intermediate band solar cells. Due to the low solid solubility limits of chalcogen elements in silicon, these materials were previously realized by femtosecond or nanosecond laser annealing of implanted silicon or bare silicon in certain background gases. The high energy density deposited on the silicon surface leads to a liquid phase and the fast recrystallization velocity allows trapping o...

  11. Microstructural development and mechanical properties of iron based cermets processed by pressureless and spark plasma sintering

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    Alvaredo, P. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, IQMAAB, University Carlos III Madrid, Avda. de la Universidad, 30, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Gordo, E., E-mail: elena.gordo@uc3m.es [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, IQMAAB, University Carlos III Madrid, Avda. de la Universidad, 30, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Van der Biest, O.; Vanmeensel, K. [Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg, 44 3001 Heverlee (Belgium)

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Processing of Fe-based cermets by pressureless sintering and spark plasma sintering. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Influence of carbon content on the sintering mechanism and hardness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The cermet phase diagram was calculated and permits to explain the microstructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SPS provides ferritic matrix and different carbide distribution than CPS samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pressureless sintered samples contain retained austenite at room temperature. - Abstract: Iron-based cermets are an interesting class of metal-ceramic composites in which properties and the factors influencing them are to be explored. In this work the metal matrix contains Cr, W, Mo and V as alloying elements, and the hard phase is constituted by 50 vol% of titanium carbonitride (TiCN) particles. The work studies the influence of the C content and the processing method on the sinterability, microstructure and hardness of the developed cermet materials. For that purpose, cermet samples with different C content in the matrix (0 wt%, 0.25 wt%, 0.5 wt%, 1.0 wt%) were prepared by conventional pressureless sintering (CPS) and, in order to achieve finer microstructures and to reduce the sintering time, by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The density and hardness (HV30) of the processed materials was evaluated, while their phase composition and microstructure was characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The equilibrium phase diagram of the composite material was calculated by ThermoCalc software in order to elucidate the influence of the carbon content on the obtained phases and developed microstructures.

  12. Capillary equilibrium and sintering kinetics in dispersed media and catalysts

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    Delannay, Francis

    2016-06-01

    The evolution of an aggregate of particles embedded in a fluid phase, no matter whether a liquid, a vapor, or a mixture of both, is determined by the dependence of the equilibrium interface area on porosity volume fraction. In system with open porosity, this equilibrium can be analyzed using a model representing the particles as a collection of cones of revolution, the number of which is the average particle coordination number. The accuracy of the model has been assessed using in situ X-ray microtomography. The model makes possible the computation of the driving force for sintering, commonly called sintering stress. It allows the mapping of the domains of relative density, coordination number, and dihedral angle that bring about aggregate densification or expansion. The contribution of liquid/vapor interfaces is enlightened, as well as the dependence of the equilibrium fluid phase distribution on particle size. Applied to foams and emulsions, the model provides insight into the relationship between osmotic pressure and coordination. Interface-governed transport mechanisms are considered dominant in the macroscopic viscosity. Both sintering stress and viscosity parameters strongly depend on particle size. The capacity of modeling the simultaneous particle growth is thus essential. The analysis highlights the microstructural parameters and material properties needed for kinetics simulation.

  13. Sintering behavior and microwave dielectric properties of (1-x)CaTiO3-xLaAIO3 ceramics

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    HOU Guihua; WANG Zhanhong; ZHANG Feng

    2011-01-01

    The sintering behavior, microstructure and microwave dielectric properties of (1-x)CaTiO3-xLaAlO3 (x=0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, respectively) ceramics were investigated systematically by thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis (TG-DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and a network analyzer. The result showed that forming temperature of the perovskite type crystal increased with increasing of x value. 0.9CaTiO3-0.1LaAlO3 ceramics were sintered well from 1 400 to 1 550 ℃, its bulk density increased with sintering temperature, and microwave dielectric properties of the ceramics at 1 400 ℃ was shown as follows: relative dielectric constant εr=45.1, Q×f= 46 087 GHz and τf-14. 1 × 10-6/℃, respectively. But 0.7CaTiO3-0.3LaAlO3 ceramics were sintered well only when sintering temperature rose to 1 500 ℃. (1-x)CaTiO3_xLaA1O3 (.x=0.5, 0.7 and 0.9, respectively) were not sintered well up to 1 550 ℃ and the sintered samples exhibited porous characteristic and with low bulk density.

  14. Effect of sintering on electrical properties of yttrium doped Li-based NASICON compounds

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    Kothari, Dharmesh H.; Kanchan, D. K., E-mail: dkkanchan.ssi@gmail.com; Dave, Gargi [Solid State Ionics & Glass Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, The M. S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat-390002 (India)

    2015-08-28

    Electrical properties of Lithium based Li{sub 1.3}Al{sub 0.3-x}Y{sub x}Ti{sub 1.7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (LAYTP) system was prepared using solid state reaction route. The samples were subjected to differing duration of sintering. X-ray diffraction was used to investigate the microstructure while density measurement was performed to determine the effect of sintering on the density of the prepared samples. Electrical properties of the material were studied using impedance spectroscopy, in frequency range 20 MHz to 1 Hz and in temperature range 303 K to 423 K. It was found that sample with least amount of yttrium and which was sintered for least duration had superior conductivity over other samples. It was also found that grain boundary conductivity improved marginally for sample with higher proportion of yttrium heat treated for longer duration.

  15. Synthesis of Dense, Fine-Grained YIG Ceramics by Two-Step Sintering

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    Li, X. X.; Zhou, J. J.; Deng, J. X.; Zheng, H.; Zheng, L.; Zheng, P.; Qin, H. B.

    2016-10-01

    A two-step sintering (TSS) process has been used to fabricate yttrium iron garnet (YIG) ceramics with high density and fine grain size. The densification, microstructure, and magnetic properties were investigated. The sample prepared by the TSS process with first-step sintering temperature ( T 1) of 1350°C, second-step sintering temperature ( T 2) of 1300°C, and holding time of 18 h had density above 99% of theoretical and exhibited uniform microstructure with small average grain size (2.4 μm). The saturation magnetization ( M S) of this sample reached 27.4 emu/g. These results indicate that the TSS process can effectively suppress grain-boundary migration while maintaining active grain-boundary diffusion to obtain dense, fine-grained YIG ceramics with appropriate magnetic properties.

  16. Microwave Sintering of A12O3-ZrO2-WC-Co Cermets

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    GU Tianben; LU hongzhi

    2011-01-01

    Composite powders of nanocrystalline WC-10Co (15wt%), Y2O3 (8mo1%) stabilized nanocrystalline ZrO2 (30wt%), industrial cobalt powder (4.5wt%) and submicron A12O3 (55wt%)composite powders were fabricated by high-energy ball-milling process. The nanocomposite powders were consolidated by microwave sintering process at temperature ranged 1300 ℃-1550 ℃ for 15 min,respectively. The optimum consolidation conditions, such as temperature, were researched during microwave sintering process. Vickers Hardness of the consolidated cermets was measured by using a Vickers indentation test, and density of specimens was also determined by Archimedes' principle.Microwave sintering process could not only increase the density of A12O3-ZrO2-WC-Co cermets and reduce the porosity, but also inhibit abnormal grain growth.

  17. Origin of unusual sintering phenomena in compacts of chloride-derived 3Y-TZP nanopowders

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    Sweeney Sean M.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available After evaluating three alternative possibilities, the present study shows that seemingly minor amounts (at least as low as 0.06 wt% of chlorine impurities are responsible for the poor sintering behavior observed in chloride-derived 3 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia (3Y-TZP nanopowders. Models and quantitative estimates are used to explain the role of evolved HCl and ZrCl4 gases in such anomalous behaviors as reduced sintered densities for higher green densities, de-densification, improved sintering in nitrogen over oxygen, and formation of a dense shell microstructure. Two solutions to problematic residual chlorides are compared: 1 a thermal treatment composed of an extended hold at 1000°C to allow HCl gas removal before the onset of closed porosity, and 2 a chemical treatment performed by washing bisque-fired samples at room temperature using a concentrated ammonium hydroxide solution to remove chlorides. The thermal treatment was found to be superior.

  18. Sintering AL2O3-CR composites made from micro-and Nan powders

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    Pietrzak K.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of studies on sintering Al2O3-Cr composites of different chemical compositions (from 25 to 75 vol.% of each component. The factor analyzed was the influence of time (from 15 to 60 min temperature (from 1200-1600°C, pressure (0.5 and 30 MPa and powder graining (for Al2O3 powders-80nm or 1μm on the density of sinters obtained. It was found that Nan powder composites are characterized by a higher density (by about 1-2% than the micro powder composite, the remaining conditions of the process intact. Using the pressure of 30MPa allows obtaining of a definite sintering degree at a temperature of about 200°C lower than at a pressure of 0.5 MPa.

  19. Activated sintering of ThO2 and ThO2-Y2O3 with NiO.

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    Halbfinger, G. P.; Kolodney, M.

    1972-01-01

    Scanning electron microscopy and isothermal shrinkage measurements were used to study the effects of additives on the sintering of Thoria-Yttria compacts and loose powders. Small amounts of the oxides of Ni, Zn, Co, and Cu were found to reduce the sintering temperature (which is normally above 2000 C). In particular, NiO, at a concentration of 0.8 wt %, was found to yield high-density bodies at temperatures below 1500 C. Densification occurs very rapidly, and is followed by a much slower sintering process typical of volume diffusion.

  20. Effect of SiO2 on the Preparation and Properties of Pure Carbon Reaction Bonded Silicon Carbide Ceramics

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    WU Qi-de; GUO Bing-jian; YAN Yong-gao; ZHAO Xiu-jian; HONG Xiao-lin

    2004-01-01

    Effect of SiO2 content and sintering process on the composition and properties of Pure CarbonReaction Bonded Silicon Carbide (PCRBSC) ceramics prepared with C - SiO2 green body by infiltrating siliconwas presented. The infiltrating mechanism of C - SiO2 preform was also explored. The experimental results indicatethat the shaping pressure increases with the addition of SiO2 to the preform, and the pore size of the body turnedfiner and distributed in a narrower range, which is beneficial to decreasing the residual silicon content in the sin-tered materials and to avoiding shock off, thus increasing the conversion rate of SiC. SiO2 was deoxidized by car-bon at a high temperature and the gaseous SiO and CO produced are the main reason to the crack of the body atan elevated temperature. If the green body is deposited at 1800℃ in vacuum before infiltration crack will not beproduced in the preform and fully dense RBSC can be obtained. The ultimate material has the following properties:a density of3.05-3.12g/cm3 ,a strength of 580±32MPa and a hardness of (HRA)91-92.3.

  1. Sintering behaviour of spinel–alumina composites

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    Soumen Pal; A K Bandyopadhyay; P G Pal; S Mukherjee; B N Samaddar

    2009-04-01

    Study of alumina–magnesia binary phase diagram reveals that around 40–50 wt% alumina dissolves in spinel (MgAl2O4) at 1600°C. Solid solubility of alumina in spinel decreases rapidly with decreasing temperature, which causes exsolution of alumina from spinel phase. Previous work of one of the authors revealed that the exsolution of alumina makes some interlocking structures in between alumina and spinel phases. In the present investigation, refractory grade calcined alumina and spinel powder were used to make different batch compositions. Green pellets, formed at a pressure of 1550 kg cm-2 were fired at different temperatures of 1500°, 1550° and 1600°C for 2 h soaking time. Bulk density, percent apparent porosity, firing shrinkage etc were measured at each temperature. Sintering results were analysed to understand the mechanism of spinel–alumina interactions. SEM study of present samples does not reveal the distinct precipitation of needle shaped -alumina from spinel, but has some effect on densification process of spinel–alumina composites. Microstructural differences between present and previous work suggest an ample scope of further work in spinel–alumina composites.

  2. A method to rapidly determine the sintering process parameters of powder metallurgy by real-time resistivity monitoring

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    Xiao, Zhen; Liu, Huanchao; Geng, Haoran; Leng, Jinfeng

    2016-10-01

    A new method, which is called the resistivity method, is applied in this paper to explore the optimum sintering parameters of powder metallurgy (PM) since general methods are always labor-intensive and time-consuming. This method can probe the resistivity of the powder metallurgy samples in real-time during the sintering process, to quickly estimate the change of the relative density, which consequently determine the properties of the sintered item. As an example, in this paper, copper/tungsten carbide (Cu/WC) composites and pure aluminum (Al) powder compacts are experimentally considered. As a result, for the Cu/WC composites, the highest value of relative density appeared at the holding time of 50 min where the sample has the lowest resistivity. For the Al compacts, the optimum sintering temperature is 450 °C, and the longer the holding time the better.

  3. Sintering of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene

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    Sangeeta Hambir; J P Jog

    2000-06-01

    Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is a high performance polymer having low coefficient of friction, good abrasion resistance, good chemical resistance etc. It is used in shipbuilding, textile industries and also in biomedical applications. UHMWPE is processed by powder processing technique because of its high melt viscosity at the processing temperature. Powder processing technique involves compaction of polymeric powder under pressure and sintering of the preforms at temperature above its melting point. In this study, we report our results on compaction and sintering behaviour of two grades of UHMWPE with reference to the powder morphology, sintering temperatures and strength development.

  4. The Properties of Sintered Calcium Phosphate with [Ca]/[P] = 1.50

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    Moo-Chin Wang

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In order to obtain the properties of the sintered as-dried calcium phosphate with [Ca]/[P] = 1.50, the characteristics of sintered pellets have been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS, Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR spectra, Vickers hardness indentation and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. When the pellet samples were sintered between 700 °C and 1200 °C for 4 h, the hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO46(OH2, HA still maintained the major phase, accompanied with the rhenanite (NaCaPO4 as the secondary phase and β-tricalcium phosphate (β-Ca3(PO42, β-TCP as the minor phases. In addition, the HA partially transformed to α-tricalcium phosphate (α-Ca3(PO42, α-TCP and tetracalcium phosphate (Ca4(PO42O, TTCP, when the pellet samples were sintered at 1300 °C and 1400 °C, respectively, for 4 h. The maximum density and Vickers Hardness (HV of sintered pellet samples were 2.85 g/cm3 (90.18% theoretical density (T.D. and 407, which appeared at 1200 °C and 900 °C, respectively.

  5. Spark Plasma Sintering and Densification Mechanisms of Antimony-Doped Tin Oxide Nanoceramics

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    Junyan Wu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Densification of antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO ceramics without sintering aids is very difficult, due to the volatilization of SnO2, formation of deleterious phases above 1000°C, and poor sintering ability of ATO particles. In this paper, monodispersed ATO nanoparticles were synthesized via sol-gel method, and then ATO nanoceramics with high density were prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS technology using the as-synthesized ATO nanoparticles without the addition of sintering aids. The effect of Sb doping content on the densification was investigated, and the densification mechanisms were explored. The results suggest that ATO nanoparticles derived from sol-gel method show good crystallinity with a crystal size of 5–20 nm and Sb is incorporated into the SnO2 crystal structure. When the SPS sintering temperature is 1000°C and the Sb doping content is 5 at.%, the density of ATO nanoceramics reaches a maximum value of 99.2%. Densification mechanisms are explored in detail.

  6. A study on flash sintering and related phenomena in titania and its composite with alumina

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    Shikhar

    In 2010, Cologna et. al. [1] reported that with a help of small electric field 120 Vcm-1, the sintering temperature of 3 mol % yittria stabilized zirconia could be brought down to 850°C from 1450°C. On top of reducing the temperature requirements, the green sample could be sintered from starting density of 50% to near full density in mere 5 seconds, a sintering rate three orders of magnitude higher than conventional methods. This discovery led to the emergence of a new field of enhanced sintering with electric field, named "Flash Sintering". The objective of this thesis is to understand the phenomenological behavior of flash-sintering and related phenomena on titania and its composites with alumina at elevated temperature. The possible mechanisms to explain flash sintering are discussed: Joule heating and the avalanche of defect generation [2], both induced by the rapid rise in conductivity just before the onset of the flash. Apparently, both mechanisms play a role. The thesis covers the response of pure titania and composites of titania-alumina under flash and compared with conventional sintering. We start with the sintering behavior of pure titania and observe lowering of sintering temperature requirements with higher applied electric field. The conductivity of titania during flash is also measured, and compared with the nominal conductivity of titania at equivalent temperatures. The conductivity during flash is determined to be have a different activation energy. For the composites of titania-alumina, effect of flash on the constrained sintering was studied. It is a known fact that sintering of one component of composite slows down when the other component of a different densification rate is added to it, called constrained sintering. In our case, large inclusions of alumina particles were added to nano-grained titania green compact that hindered its densification. Flash sintering was found to be overcoming this problem and near full densification was achieved

  7. A comparative study of conventionally sintered and microwave sintered nickel zinc ferrite

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    Rani, Rekha [Electroceramics Research Lab, GVM Girls College, Sonepat-131001, India and School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala-147004 (India); Juneja, J. K. [Department of Physics, Hindu College, Sonepat-131001 (India); Raina, K. K. [School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala-147004 (India); Kotnala, R. K. [National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi -110012 (India); Prakash, Chandra, E-mail: cprakash2014@gmail.com [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Timarpur, Delhi - 110054 (India)

    2014-04-24

    For the present work, nickel zinc ferrite having compositional formula Ni{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was synthesized by conventional solid state method and sintered in conventional and microwave furnaces. Pellets were sintered with very short soaking time of 10 min at 1150 °C in microwave furnace whereas 4 hrs of soaking time was selected for conventional sintering at 1200 °C. Phase formation was confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis technique. Scanning electron micrographs were taken for microstructural study. Dielectric properties were studied as a function of temperature. To study magnetic behavior, M-H hysteresis loops were recorded for both samples. It is observed that microwave sintered sample could obtain comparable properties to the conventionally sintered one in lesser soaking time at lower sintering temperature.

  8. Application of high-density silicone oil in complex retinal detachment surgery%重硅油在复杂性视网膜脱离手术中的应用

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    曲申; 荣翱

    2012-01-01

    微创玻璃体手术的快速发展,为视网膜脱离的患者带来福音.许多以前无法治疗的复杂性视网膜脱离得到解剖复位,术后视力得以提高.良好的玻璃体替代物对玻璃体手术的疗效及技术的改进具有非常重要的意义.目前临床上常用的硅油和长效气体( C3F8)比重都比水小,对下方视网膜脱离顶压不足,而且术后患者要保持俯卧体位.重硅油比重比水大,可以对下方视网膜产生有效顶压.本文就重硅油的理化性质、临床应用、治疗效果及并发症等作一简要综述.%The rapid development of micro-invasive vitrectomy bring the good news for the majority of patients suffering from retinal detachment.Many previously untreatable complex retinal,detachment could be anatomic reattached,postoperative visual acuity could be improved.Vitreous substitute for good efficacy of vitreous surgery and improvements in technology has a very important significance.Currently used materials,such as silicone oil and C3 F8 were lighter in proportion than water,and postoperative prone position was necessary to maintain.The high-density silicone oil,can make an effective top pressure on the retina.In this review,the physical and chemical properties of high-density silicone oil,clinical application,treatment and complications were overviewed.

  9. Process Developed for Generating Ceramic Interconnects With Low Sintering Temperatures for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Zhong, Zhi-Min; Goldsby, Jon C.

    2005-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have been considered as premium future power generation devices because they have demonstrated high energy-conversion efficiency, high power density, and extremely low pollution, and have the flexibility of using hydrocarbon fuel. The Solid-State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) initiative, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and private industries, is leading the development and commercialization of SOFCs for low-cost stationary and automotive markets. The targeted power density for the initiative is rather low, so that the SECA SOFC can be operated at a relatively low temperature (approx. 700 C) and inexpensive metallic interconnects can be utilized in the SOFC stack. As only NASA can, the agency is investigating SOFCs for aerospace applications. Considerable high power density is required for the applications. As a result, the NASA SOFC will be operated at a high temperature (approx. 900 C) and ceramic interconnects will be employed. Lanthanum chromite-based materials have emerged as a leading candidate for the ceramic interconnects. The interconnects are expected to co-sinter with zirconia electrolyte to mitigate the interface electric resistance and to simplify the processing procedure. Lanthanum chromites made by the traditional method are sintered at 1500 C or above. They react with zirconia electrolytes (which typically sinter between 1300 and 1400 C) at the sintering temperature of lanthanum chromites. It has been envisioned that lanthanum chromites with lower sintering temperatures can be co-fired with zirconia electrolyte. Nonstoichiometric lanthanum chromites can be sintered at lower temperatures, but they are unstable and react with zirconia electrolyte during co-sintering. NASA Glenn Research Center s Ceramics Branch investigated a glycine nitrate process to generate fine powder of the lanthanum-chromite-based materials. By simultaneously doping calcium on the lanthanum site, and cobalt and aluminum on the

  10. Effect of increasing lanthanum substitution and the sintering procedures on the properties of SrBi4Ti4O15 ceramics

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    A Rambabu; K C James Raju

    2015-09-01

    Lanthanum-substituted SrBi4Ti4O15 (SBTi) ceramic, that is SrBi4–LaTi4O15 (SBLTi), samples were calcined by solid-state reaction and densified using the microwave sintering and conventional sintering techniques. Their structural, morphological and mechanical properties were investigated. The microwave sintered samples showed high densities like 95% of the theoretical density with short duration exposures. Compared with SBTi ceramics and other lanthanide-substituted compositions, the incorporation of La3+ results in clear improvement in properties for SBLT ( ∼ 0.75) with respect to the values of hardness and Young’s modulus of the microwave sintered samples (8.8–12.5 and 160–180 GPa) are higher than that for conventional sintered (8–10 and 135–155 GPa) samples.

  11. Composite materials and bodies including silicon carbide and titanium diboride and methods of forming same

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    Lillo, Thomas M.; Chu, Henry S.; Harrison, William M.; Bailey, Derek

    2013-01-22

    Methods of forming composite materials include coating particles of titanium dioxide with a substance including boron (e.g., boron carbide) and a substance including carbon, and reacting the titanium dioxide with the substance including boron and the substance including carbon to form titanium diboride. The methods may be used to form ceramic composite bodies and materials, such as, for example, a ceramic composite body or material including silicon carbide and titanium diboride. Such bodies and materials may be used as armor bodies and armor materials. Such methods may include forming a green body and sintering the green body to a desirable final density. Green bodies formed in accordance with such methods may include particles comprising titanium dioxide and a coating at least partially covering exterior surfaces thereof, the coating comprising a substance including boron (e.g., boron carbide) and a substance including carbon.

  12. Ultrafast-Contactless Flash Sintering using Plasma Electrodes

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    Theo Saunders; Salvatore Grasso; Reece, Michael J.

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a novel derivative of flash sintering, in which contactless flash sintering (CFS) is achieved using plasma electrodes. In this setup, electrical contact with the sample to be sintered is made by two arc plasma electrodes, one on either side, allowing current to pass through the sample. This opens up the possibility of continuous throughput flash sintering. Preheating, a usual precondition for flash sintering, is provided by the arc electrodes which heat the sample to 1400 ...

  13. Progress of Sintering Technology in Handan Iron and Steel Company

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    LIU Zheng-ping; WANG Yi-fang; WU Jin-bo

    2004-01-01

    As one of the biggest iron and steel companies in China, Handan Iron and Steel Co has made a substantial progress in the sintering process. The mini-pellet sintering technology has been successfully applied based on lab investigation and industrial trials. Equipment enlargement was realized through replacing small sintering strands with the construction of huge sintering machine with a grate area of 400 m2. The productivity, iron content and the metallurgical properties of sintering process have been improved.

  14. Microstructure of reactive sintered Al bonded Si3N4-SiC ceramics

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    CUI Chong; WANG Yuan-ting; JIANG Jin-guo; CHEN Guang; SUN Qiang-jin

    2006-01-01

    Aluminium nitride-silicon nitride-silicon carbide (AlN-Si3N4-SiC) composite ceramics were prepared to increase the bending strength and improve the phase structure of Si3N4-based ceramics. The ceramics were made by reactive sintering in N2 atmosphere at 1 360 ℃, using Al as sintering additive. The phase composing of ceramics was identified with an X-ray diffractometer and the microstructure of the materials was studied by scanning electron microscopy. The results indicate that the phase structure is affected remarkably and the interface modality is changed. The interface between Si3N4 and SiC becomes blurry and that between SiC and AlN matches more better at the same time. But the liquid-phase appears during the reactive sintering along with the addition of Al by which the melting point of Si is decreased. The appearance of liquid Si decreases the bending strength of the ceramics. Lower temperature nitrification technic was introduced to avoid the appearance of liquid-phase Si. The optimum addition of Al was investigated by XRD and SEM analysis in order to obtain the maximal bending strength of materials.

  15. SINTERED REFRACTORY TUNGSTEN ALLOYS. Gesinterte hochschmelzende wolframlegierungen

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    Kieffer, R.; Sedlatschek, K.; Braun, H.

    1971-12-15

    Dependence of the melting point of the refractory metals on their positions in the periodic system - alloys of tungsten with other refractory metals - sintering of the alloys - processing of the alloys - technological properties.

  16. Nox reduction in the sintering process

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    Yan-guang Chen; Zhan-cheng Guo; Zhi Wang; Gen-sheng Feng

    2009-01-01

    A new process, NOx reduction with recycling flue gas and modifying coke breeze, was proposed. The effects of modified coke breeze and recycled flue gas on NOx reduction were investigated by sinter pot tests. The results show that the NOx reduction rate is over 10wt% in the sintering of modified coke breeze, the effects of the additives on NOx reduction are: CeO2CaOK2CO3.The NOx reduction rate increases with the amount of recycled flue gas, and is 22.35wt% in the sintering with recycling 30vo1% of the flue gas. When 30vo1% of the flue gas is recycled into the sintering of CeO2, CaO, and K2CO3 modified coke breeze, the NOx reduc-tion rates are 36.10wt%, 32.56wt%, and 32.17wt%, respectively.

  17. Sintering of magnesia: effect of additives

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    Satyananda Behera; Ritwik Sarkar

    2015-10-01

    Effect of different additives, namely Cr2O3, Fe2O3 and TiO2, up to 2 wt% was studied on the sintering and microstructural developments of the chemically pure magnesia using the pressureless sintering technique between 1500 and 1600° C. Sintering was evaluated by per cent densification and microstructural developments were studied by electron microscopy and elemental distribution of the additives in the sintered products was also investigated for their distribution in the matrix. Cr2O3 and TiO2 were found to deteriorate the densification associated with grain growth. Fe2O3 was found to improve the densification and well-compacted grain distribution was observed in the microstructure.

  18. Apparent activation energy for densification of -Al2O3 powder at constant heating-rate sintering

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    W Q Shao; S O Chen; D Li; H S Cao; Y C Zhang; S S Zhang

    2008-11-01

    The apparent activation energy for densification is a characteristic quantity that elucidates the fundamental diffusion mechanisms during the sintering process. Based on the Arrhenius theory, the activation energy for densification of -Al2O3 at constant heating-rates sintering has been estimated. Sintering of -Al2O3 powder has been executed by the way of a push rod type dilatometer. It is shown that the apparent activation energy does not have a single value but depends directly on the relative density. The apparent activation energy corresponding to lower relative density was higher than that corresponding to higher relative density. In addition, the value of the evaluated activation energy is different at the same density level when the Arrhenius plot involves different heating rates.

  19. Effect of sintering temperature and heating mode on consolidation of Al–7Zn–2.5Mg–1Cu aluminum alloy

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    C Padmavathi; A Upadhyaya; D Agrawal

    2012-10-01

    Densification behaviour, phase transformation, microstructural evolution and hardness values of microwave sintered Al–7Zn–2.5Mg–1Cu (7775) aluminum alloy were investigated and compared with conventionally sintered samples. Microwave sintering was performed in 2.45 GHz multimode microwave furnace at temperatures ranging from 570–630 °C. Microwave sintering at a heating rate of as high as 22°C/min resulted in ∼55% reduction of processing time as compared to conventional sintering. A lower sintered density observed in the case of microwave processed samples was attributed to the inhomogeneity in microstructure and phase distribution. The X-ray diffraction results of conventionally sintered samples showed the presence of MgZn2, Mg2Zn11 and CuMgAl2, while only MgZn2 and CuMgAl2 phases were found in the case of microwave sintered samples and in lesser amount. Higher hardness and high standard deviation values were noticed for microwave sintered samples as compared to conventional counterparts.

  20. Vacuum-sintered body of a novel apatite for artificial bone

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    Tamura, Kenichi; Fujita, Tatsushi; Morisaki, Yuriko

    2013-12-01

    We produced regenerative artificial bone material and bone parts using vacuum-sintered bodies of a novel apatite called "Titanium medical apatite (TMA®)" for biomedical applications. TMA was formed by chemically connecting a Ti oxide molecule with the reactive [Ca10(PO4)6] group of Hydroxyapatite (HAp). The TMA powders were kneaded with distilled water, and solid cylinders of compacted TMA were made by compression molding at 10 MPa using a stainless-steel vessel. The TMA compacts were dried and then sintered in vacuum (about 10-3 Pa) or in air using a resistance heating furnace in the temperature range 1073-1773 K. TMA compacts were sintered at temperatures greater than 1073 K, thus resulting in recrystallization. The TMA compact bodies sintered in the range 1273-1773 K were converted into mixtures composed of three crystalline materials: α-TCP (tricalcium phosphate), β-TCP, and Perovskite-CaTiO3. The Perovskite crystals were stable and hard. In vacuum-sintering, the Perovskite crystals were transformed into fibers (approximately 1 µm in diameter × 8 µm in length), and the fiber distribution was uniform in various directions. We refer to the TMA vacuum-sintered bodies as a "reinforced composite material with Perovskite crystal fibers." However, in atmospheric sintering, the Perovskite crystals were of various sizes and were irregularly distributed as a result of the effect of oxygen. After sintering temperature at 1573 K, the following results were obtained: the obtained TMA vacuum-sintered bodies (1) were white, (2) had a density of approximately 2300 kg/m3 (corresponding to that of a compact bone or a tooth), and had a thermal conductivity of approximately 31.3 W/(m·K) (corresponding to those of metal or ceramic implants). Further, it was possible to cut the TMA bodies into various forms with a cutting machine. An implant made of TMA and inserted into a rabbit jaw bone was covered by new bone tissues after just one month because of the high