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SYNTHESIS AND SINTERING OF Cu-Al2O3 NANOCOMPOSITE POWDERS PRODUCED BY A THERMOCHEMICAL ROUTE
Association of Metallurgical Engineers of Serbia (2007)
  • Zeljko J Kamberovic
Abstract
By hydrometallurgy and powder metallurgy along with prognosis of physical- chemical properties, a synthesis of new improved materials can be successfully performed with in advance pre-set properties which is conditioned by a quality of starting powders i.e. by improving their structure. In accordance with that, this paper presents synthesis of the nanocomposite Cu-Al2O3 powder by thermochemical method and sintering with a comparative analysis of the mechanical and electrical properties of obtained solid samples. Nanocrystaline Cu-Al2O3 powders were produced by thermochemical method through following stages: spray-drying, oxidation of precursor powder, reduction by hydrogen and homogenisation. Characterization of powders included differential-thermal and thermo-gravimetric analysis (DTA-TGA), X-ray- diffraction (XRD) and analytical electron microscopy (AEM) coupled with energetic dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Size of produced powders was 20-50nm with noticable presence of agglomerates. Composite powders are characterized with Al2O3 homogenous distribution in copper matrix. Powders were cold pressed with pressure of 500 MPa and sintered. Sintering of the obtained samples was performed in the hydrogen atmosphere in isothermal conditions at temperature range from 800 to 900o C and time up to 120 minutes. Characterization of Cu-Al2O3 sintered system included examination of density, relative volume change, electrical and mechanical properties, examination of microstructure by SEM analysis, as well as by EDS. The obtained nanocomposite, which structure is with certain changes preserved in final structure, has provided sintered material with homogenous distribution of dispersoide in copper matrix, with exceptional effects of reinforcing and excellent combination of mechanical and electrical properties.
Keywords
  • copper,
  • alumina,
  • powder,
  • nanocomposite,
  • sinterin
Publication Date
2007
Citation Information
Zeljko J Kamberovic. "SYNTHESIS AND SINTERING OF Cu-Al2O3 NANOCOMPOSITE POWDERS PRODUCED BY A THERMOCHEMICAL ROUTE" Association of Metallurgical Engineers of Serbia Vol. Vol 13 Iss. 1 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/zeljko_kamberovic/18/