Micro-component forming by field-assistant sintering technology

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

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Recent research work has been undertaken to investigate the feasibility of forming micro-components by combining Electrical-field activated sintering and microforming (Micro-FAST). This paper firstly introduces the Micro-Fast technology and experimental validation method employed. Cylindrical components were used for the experiments and the sintering and forming was realised by use of a Gleeble 3800 thermal mechanical simulator. Thirteen different types of powders (metallic and ceramic) with variable particle sizes have been formed successfully. The influential parameters, such as pressure, temperature and heating rate, were studied. From the experiment results it is shown that the component quality depends significantly on the pressure, the heating rate and maximum temperature applied. Compared to other sintering technologies, the relatively short forming-cycle time of Micro-Fast (increased heating rate and reduced holding time) makes a good contribution to highly efficient particulate sintering for micro-manufacturing.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2015
Event4th International Conference on New Forming Technology - Crowne Plaza Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Aug 20159 Aug 2015
http://www.icnft2015.com/ (conference web site)


Conference4th International Conference on New Forming Technology
Abbreviated titleICNFT2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • sintering technology
  • sintering
  • micro-components
  • electrical-field activated sintering and microforming (Micro-FAST)


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