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Effect of Microwave and Conventional Modes of Heating on Sintering Behavior, Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Al-Cu-Mn Alloys

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Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, NIT, Tiruchirapalli 620015, Tamil Nadu, India
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Centre for Innovative Manufacturing Research, VIT, Vellore 632014, Tamil Nadu, India
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Materials Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 16802, USA
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Academic Editor: Satoshi Horikoshi
Molecules 2021, 26(12), 3675; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26123675
Received: 19 May 2021 / Revised: 2 June 2021 / Accepted: 8 June 2021 / Published: 16 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Application of Microwave Technology in Chemistry)
In this research, we intended to examine the effect of heating mode on the densification, microstructure, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance of sintered aluminum alloys. The compacts were sintered in conventional (radiation-heated) and microwave (2.45 GHz, multimode) sintering furnaces followed by aging. Detailed analysis of the final sintered aluminum alloys was done using optical and scanning electron microscopes. The observations revealed that the microwave sintered sample has a relatively finer microstructure compared to its conventionally sintered counterparts. The experimental results also show that microwave sintered alloy has the best mechanical properties over conventionally sintered compacts. Similarly, the microwave sintered samples showed better corrosion resistance than conventionally sintered ones. View Full-Text
Keywords: aluminum alloys; conventional sintering; microwave sintering; mechanical properties; corrosion resistance aluminum alloys; conventional sintering; microwave sintering; mechanical properties; corrosion resistance
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Muthuchamy, A.; Srikanth, M.; Agrawal, D.K.; Annamalai, A.R. Effect of Microwave and Conventional Modes of Heating on Sintering Behavior, Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Al-Cu-Mn Alloys. Molecules 2021, 26, 3675. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26123675

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Muthuchamy A, Srikanth M, Agrawal DK, Annamalai AR. Effect of Microwave and Conventional Modes of Heating on Sintering Behavior, Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Al-Cu-Mn Alloys. Molecules. 2021; 26(12):3675. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26123675

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Muthuchamy, A., Muthe Srikanth, Dinesh K. Agrawal, and A. Raja Annamalai. 2021. "Effect of Microwave and Conventional Modes of Heating on Sintering Behavior, Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Al-Cu-Mn Alloys" Molecules 26, no. 12: 3675. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26123675

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