Comparison of liquid phase sintering and Cu-melt infiltration methods to consolidate 80W-Cu composite using nickel as sintering activator
Azizan, Aziz, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
Azmi, Rahmat, Prof.
Kahtan Sadiq, Muhammed, Dr.
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In this article, studies were conducted to evaluate the densification of W- Cu sintered compacts produced using two methods; liquid phase sintering (LPS) and combination of liquid phase sintering and liquid infiltration technique (LPS+LI) named Cu-melt infiltration (Cu-MI). Low concentration of nickel (1wt.%) was used to activate the sintering process in both methods. Isothermal sintering was carried out in alumina tube furnace at temperatures of 1150°C for 2 hr. under H2/Ar. as protective gas. The infiltration (Cu-MI) method proved to be effective in the densification, microstructure and hardness enhancement of the 80W-Cu compact as opposed to the other conventionally liquid phase sintered compacts. The relative densities of 80W- Cu-1Ni composites prepared by using insert method (Cu-melt infiltration) achieved 96.22% of theoretical density.