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Simultaneous Spark Plasma Sintering of Multiple Complex Shapes

Abstract : This work addresses the two great challenges of the spark plasma sintering (SPS) process: the sintering of complex shapes and the simultaneous production of multiple parts. A new controllable interface method is employed to concurrently consolidate two nickel gear shapes by SPS. A graphite deformable sub-mold is specifically designed for the mutual densification of the both complex parts in a unique 40 mm powder deformation space. An energy efficient SPS configuration is developed to allow the sintering of a large-scale powder assembly under electric current lower than 900 A. The stability of the developed process is studied by electro-thermal-mechanical (ETM) simulation. The ETM simulation reveals that homogeneous densification conditions can be attained by inserting an alumina powder at the sample/punches interfaces enabling the energy efficient heating and the thermal confinement of the nickel powder. Finally, the feasibility of the fabrication of the two near net shape gears with a very homogeneous microstructure is demonstrated.
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Charles Manière, Elisa Torresani, Eugene A. Olevsky. Simultaneous Spark Plasma Sintering of Multiple Complex Shapes. Materials, MDPI, 2019, 12 (4), pp.557. ⟨10.3390/ma12040557⟩. ⟨hal-02616802⟩

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