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Metals 2017, 7(8), 290;

Sintering Behavior and Microstructure of TiC-Me Composite Powder Prepared by SHS

Department of High Technology Physics in Mechanical Engineering, Tomsk Polytechnic University, 30 Lenin av., 634050 Tomsk, Russia
Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2/4, pr. Akademicheskii, 634055 Tomsk, Russia
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Received: 29 June 2017 / Revised: 26 July 2017 / Accepted: 27 July 2017 / Published: 31 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Titanium Alloys 2017)
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Titanium, its alloys, and refractory compounds are often used in the compositions of surfacing materials. In particular, under the conditions of electron-beam surfacing the use of synthesized composite powder based on titanium carbide with a metal binder (TiC-Me) has a positive effect. These powders have been prepared via the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) present in a thermally-inert metal binder. The initial carbide particle distribution changes slightly in the surfacing layer in the high-energy rapid process of electron-beam surfacing. However, these methods also have their limitations. The development of technologies and equipment using low-energy sources is assumed. In this case, the question of the structure formation of composite materials based on titanium carbide remains open, if a low-energy and prolonged impact in additive manufacturing will be used. This work reports the investigation of the sintered powders that were previously synthesized by the layerwise combustion mode of a mixture of titanium, carbon black, and metal binders of various types. The problems of structure formation during vacuum sintering of multi-component powder materials obtained as a result of SHS are considered. The microstructure and dependences of the sintered composites densification on the sintering temperature and the composition of the SH-synthesized powder used are presented. It has been shown that under the conditions of the nonstoichiometric synthesized titanium carbide during subsequently vacuum sintering an additional alloy formation occurs that can lead to a consolidation (shrinkage) or volumetric growth of sintered TiC-Me composite depending on the type of metal matrix used. View Full-Text
Keywords: titanium carbide; self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS); metal binder; composite powders; sintering titanium carbide; self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS); metal binder; composite powders; sintering

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Korosteleva, E.N.; Korzhova, V.V.; Krinitcyn, M.G. Sintering Behavior and Microstructure of TiC-Me Composite Powder Prepared by SHS. Metals 2017, 7, 290.

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