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Materials Transactions, Vol.52 No.04 (2011) pp.759-767
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Sintering Behavior of Tungsten Heavy Alloy Products Made by Plasma Spray Forming

Yueming Wang1, Xiang Xiong1, Lu Xie1, Xuan Xu1, Xiaobing Min2 and Feng Zheng3

1State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083, P. R. China
2Hunan Research Institute of Metallurgy and Materials, Changsha, Hunan 410014, P. R. China
3School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083, P. R. China

Refractory metallic thin-walled products of 95W–3.5Ni–1.5Fe (in mass%) were fabricated by plasma spray forming (PSF) in argon atmosphere at 1.01 × 105 Pa followed by high temperature sintering (1200, 1300, 1400 and 1465°C). Scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Archimedes method, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD) have been employed to study microstructure, solubilities, density, solidus and liquidus temperatures and phases of the parts. Lamellar structure consisting of vertical columnar grains and fine particles was found in PSF deposits. Supersaturated solid solutions were formed in the deposits with the relative density of 88 ± 2%. Solidus and liquidus temperatures of γ phase were measured to be 1392 and 1412 ± 5°C, respectively. Initial lamellar structure was remained in the tested samples after sintering at lower temperatures (1200°C/90 min, 1300°C/90 min and 1400°C/15, 90 min) and turned into granular structure at 1465°C/5, 15, 30, 90 min. In addition, the relative densities of deposits, after sintering at 1200, 1300, 1400 and 1465°C for 90 min, were increased from 88 to 90, 92, 94 and 98 ± 2%, respectively. A five-stage sintering mechanism proposed by us previously has been re-validated and double checked by experimental results.

(Received 2010/11/19; Accepted 2011/1/6; Published 2011/3/30)

Keywords: sintering behavior, tungsten heavy alloys, products, plasma spray forming

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