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Preparation and Characterization of Zinc Materials Prepared by Powder Metallurgy

Materials Research Centre, Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology, Purkyňova 464/118, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Technická 2896/2, 616 69 Brno, Czech Republic
Institute of Physics of Materials Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Žižkova 22, 616 62 Brno, Czech Republic
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Metals 2017, 7(10), 396;
Received: 30 August 2017 / Revised: 18 September 2017 / Accepted: 22 September 2017 / Published: 27 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biodegradable Metals)
The use of zinc-based materials as biodegradable materials for medical purposes is offered as a possible alternative to corrosion-less resistant magnesium-based materials. Zinc powders with two different particle sizes (7.5 µm and 150 µm) were processed by the methods of powder metallurgy: cold pressing, cold pressing followed by sintering and hot pressing. The microstructure of prepared materials was evaluated in terms of light optical microscopy, and the mechanical properties were analyzed with Vickers microhardness testing and three-point bend testing. Fractographic analysis of broken samples was performed with scanning electron microscopy. Particle size was shown to have a significant effect on compacts mechanical properties. The deformability of 7.5 µm particle size powder was improved by increased temperature during the processing, while in the case of larger powder, no significant influence of temperature was observed. Bending properties of prepared materials were positively influenced by elevated temperature during processing and correspond to the increasing compacting pressures. Better properties were achieved for pure zinc prepared from 150 µm particle size powder compared to materials prepared from 7.5 µm particle size powder. View Full-Text
Keywords: powder metallurgy; zinc; cold pressing; sintering; hot pressing; mechanical properties powder metallurgy; zinc; cold pressing; sintering; hot pressing; mechanical properties
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Krystýnová, M.; Doležal, P.; Fintová, S.; Březina, M.; Zapletal, J.; Wasserbauer, J. Preparation and Characterization of Zinc Materials Prepared by Powder Metallurgy. Metals 2017, 7, 396.

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