Densification, Grain Growth and Microstructure


  • Suk-Joong Kang, Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology

Sintering is the process of forming materials and components from a powder under the action of thermal energy. It is a key materials science subject: most ceramic materials and many specialist metal powder products for use in key industries such as electronics, automotive and aerospace are formed this way. Written by one of the leading experts in the field, this book offers an unrivalled introduction to sintering and sintering processes for students of materials science and engineering, and practicing engineers in industry. The book is unique in providing a complete grounding in the principles of sintering and equal coverage of the three key sintering processes: densification, grain growth and microstructure. Students and professional engineers alike will be attracted by the emphasis on developing a detailed understanding of the theory and practical processes of sintering, the balanced coverage of ceramic and metal sintering, and the accompanying examination questions with selected solutions.
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Senior undergraduate students, taught postgraduates, research students, professional researchers, engineers and materials scientists in industry and laboratories in the ceramics and metals industries


Book information

  • Published: November 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6385-4

Table of Contents

PrefacePart I: Basis of Sintering Science1. Sintering Processes2. Thermodynamics of the Interface3. Polycrystalline MicrostructuresProblemsGeneral References for Sintering ScienceReferencesPart II: Solid State Sintering Models and Densification4. Initial Stage Sintering5. Intermediate and Final Stage SinteringProblems ReferencesPart III: Grain Growth6. Normal Grain Growth and Second-Phase Particles7. Grain Boundary Segregation and Grain Boundary Migration8. Interface Migration under Chemical Inequilibrium9. Abnormal Grain GrowthProblemsReferencesPart IV: Microstructure Development10. Grain Boundary Energy and Sintering11. Grain Growth and Densification in Porous MaterialsProblemsReferencesPart V: Sintering of Ionic Compounds12. Sintering Additives and Defect Chemistry13. Densification and Grain Growth in Ionic CompoundsProblems ReferencesPart VI: Liquid Phase Sintering14. Basis of Liquid Phase Sintering15. Grain Shape and Grain Growth in a Liquid Matrix16. Densification Models and TheoriesProblemsReferencesIndex