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Metals 2017, 7(2), 47; doi:10.3390/met7020047

Discussion on the Local Magnetic Force between Reversely Magnetized Micro Metal Particles in the Microwave Sintering Process

CAS Key Laboratory of Mechanical Behavior and Design of Materials, Department of Modern Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
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Received: 4 December 2016 / Revised: 23 January 2017 / Accepted: 1 February 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
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Synchrotron radiation computed tomography was applied to investigate Cu–Fe mixture microwave sintering in situ and to examine the magnetic force between reversely magnetized micro-metal particles in microwave sintering. Results revealed that the growth rate of the sintering necks between Cu–Fe particles and Cu–Cu particles around the iron particles distributed in a vertical direction was faster than that of the sintering necks in the horizontal direction. These phenomena were consistent with the possible influence caused by the magnetic force between metal particles, as shown in our simple particle model. The kinetic curves of sintering neck growth along the vertical and horizontal directions quantitatively revealed the difference in growth rates. The contributing factors of magnetic force in microwave sintering were subsequently discussed. The volume of iron particles was proportional to the influence of magnetic force, and their shape elicited a remarkable influence based on demagnetization effects. This study provided a useful basis for microwave sintering mechanisms and anisotropic material preparation. View Full-Text
Keywords: microwave sintering; microstructure; synchrotron radiation computed tomography microwave sintering; microstructure; synchrotron radiation computed tomography

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Xiao, Y.; Xu, F.; Dong, B.; Liu, W.; Hu, X. Discussion on the Local Magnetic Force between Reversely Magnetized Micro Metal Particles in the Microwave Sintering Process. Metals 2017, 7, 47.

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