Controlling Co-capping in sintering of cermets
This master thesis includes a literature study and experimental work to understandthe conditions where a binder phase layer, Co-capping, could be produced orinhibited, for three different cermet grades in order to suggest changes in thesintering processes and two production units. The effect of C activity and sinteringatmosphere, e.g. flow rate, pressure were investigated. The results show that the Co-capping occurs on the cooling stage, when the binder phase, Co, solidifies. Co-capping could be inhibited by using a high C activity and high pressure (50 bar). Itwas further found that Co-capping could be evaporated using low pressure, i.e. vacuum, which has not been discussed in earlier studies on Co-capping. Evaporation was also found to have a relation with the solidification temperature of the grades,since grades with higher solidification temperature get Co-capping at a highertemperature, which consequently will be exposed to higher temperatures.
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