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Metals 2016, 6(1), 18; doi:10.3390/met6010018

Study on Sintering Mechanism of Stainless Steel Fiber Felts by X-ray Computed Tomography

State Key Laboratory of Porous Metal Materials, Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research, Xi’an 710016, China
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Academic Editor: Klaus-Dieter Liss
Received: 1 October 2015 / Revised: 31 December 2015 / Accepted: 4 January 2016 / Published: 13 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metals Challenged by Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation)
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The microstructure evolution of Fe-17 wt. % Cr-12 wt. % Ni-2 wt. % Mo stainless steel fiber felts during the fast sintering process was investigated by the synchrotron radiation X-ray computed tomography technique. The equation of dynamics of stable inter-fiber neck growth was established for the first time based on the geometry model of sintering joints of two fibers and Kucsynski’s two-sphere model. The specific evolutions of different kinds of sintering joints were observed in the three-dimensional images. The sintering mechanisms during sintering were proposed as plastic flow and grain boundary diffusion, the former leading to a quick growth of sintering joints. View Full-Text
Keywords: metal fiber; sintering mechanism; X-ray tomography; three-dimensional structure metal fiber; sintering mechanism; X-ray tomography; three-dimensional structure

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Ma, J.; Li, A.; Tang, H. Study on Sintering Mechanism of Stainless Steel Fiber Felts by X-ray Computed Tomography. Metals 2016, 6, 18.

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