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Title: Characteristics of aluminum and magnesium based nanocomposites processed using hybrid microwave sintering
Authors: Eugene, W.W.L. 
Gupta, M. 
Keywords: Aluminum
Mechanical properties
Microwave sintering
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Eugene, W.W.L.,Gupta, M. (2010). Characteristics of aluminum and magnesium based nanocomposites processed using hybrid microwave sintering. Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy 44 (1) : 14-27. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Powder metallurgy is one of the highly established methods to synthesize metals, alloys and composites. Sintering is one of the important steps in powder metallurgy methodology and is usually realized through conventional resistance furnaces. The sintering usually takes a few hours to realize density in excess of 90%. The present study highlights the use of energy efficient and environment friendly microwave sintering route to synthesize pure aluminum, magnesium and magnesium based nanocomposites. Three reinforcements were targeted: a) silicon carbide, a microwave susceptor, b) alumina, a microwave transparent material and c) copper, a conducting material. Composites were prepared using blend - compact - microwave sintering - extrusion methodology. Process evaluation revealed that microwave assisted sintering can lead to a reduction of 86% in sintering time and energy savings of 96% when compared to conventional sintering. Moreover, microwave assisted sintering of metal compacts in this study was carried out in air, in the absence of any protective atmosphere, without compromising the mechanical properties of the materials. Results revealed that properties of magnesium can be convincingly enhanced using the said processing methodology and the materials formulations selected. Most importantly, the study established the viability of microwave sintering approach used in place of conventional sintering for magnesium based formulations.
Source Title: Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy
ISSN: 08327823
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