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Quality Management during Sintering of Cemented Carbides and Cermets
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The magnetic properties, coercivity, Hc, and weight-specific magnetic saturation, CoM, are two important quality characteristics in cemented carbides and ceramic metals, cermets. These properties give information about grain size and binder phase content, and are influenced by the different stages in the sintering process. This master thesis aim to investigate how the magnetic properties in cemented carbides are influenced by the top temperature during sintering and how the sintering processes used for cermets can be optimized in order to gain better magnetic properties in the final products.

During the first part of the project, the temperature range investigated was 1380°C–1520°C. The results indicate that Hc in cemented carbides has a strong temperature dependence, where increasing top temperature results in lower Hc. In order to have approval limits for the furnace control pieces that follow the process directives, the limits used today need to become narrower. Furthermore, the results show that CoM also has a temperature dependence, although not as strongly as Hc.

During the second part of the project, already existing data of the magnetic properties in four different cermet grades were evaluated. The results indicate that the two sintering processes used in the DDK furnace are generating too high results in Hc and CoM. Optimization tests were conducted and changes implemented in order to gain better results, where the DJ1430 process now has an increased time during the solid state sintering and the DF1480 process now has an increased time during the liquid phase sintering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 67 p.
UPTEC K, ISSN 1650-8297 ; 15014
Keyword [en]
Sintering, Cemented Carbides, Cermets, Coercivity, weight-specific magnetic saturation, CoM
National Category
Other Materials Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253946OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253946DiVA: diva2:816707
External cooperation
AB Sandvik Coromant
Educational program
Master Programme in Chemical Engineering
Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2015-06-03 Last updated: 2016-09-12Bibliographically approved

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