Fabrication of micro components with MSZ material using electrical-field activated powder sintering technology

Hasan Hijji, Yi Qin, Kunlan Huang, Song Yang, Muhammad Bin Zulkipli, Jie Zhao

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The electrical Field Activated Sintering Technology (FAST) process uses low voltage and high current, pressure-assisted sintering and synthesis technique, which has been used recently in materials processing. This method can be used to densify materials and create compounds, and it is similar to hot pressing, but the mechanism of the heating and powder densification are different. In this paper an innovative methodology has been adapted from the FAST process that can decrease the volume of the components into micro scale and called (MicroFAST). This process is a rapid powder consolidation technology and shows the possibility to produce solid parts from powder material. Using MagnesiaStabilized Zirconia (MSZ) powder material, several processing parameters have been investigated, such as pressure, heating rate, heating temperature and holding time, which helped to gain optimum results. In this paper Ø4.00mm × 4.00 mm and Ø2.00mm × 2.00 mm cylinder solid samples were shaped. The SEM and EDS have been conducted and the relative density has been examined and the results showed a very good fabricated sample with 99.83% relative density.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXX
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research Incorporating the 31st National Conference on Manufacturing Research
EditorsYee Mey Goh, Keith Case
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978161499668
ISBN (Print)9781614996675
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2016
Event14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research - Loughborough University , Loughborough , United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sept 20168 Sept 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)2352-751X
ISSN (Electronic)2352-7528


Conference14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research
Abbreviated titleICMR 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • field activated sintering technology
  • voltage
  • current
  • pressure-assisted sintering
  • materials processing
  • powder consolidation
  • magnesia-stabilized zirconia
  • Micro-FAST
  • microforming
  • micro-manufacturing
  • sintering
  • MSZ


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