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Mechanical properties and microstructural characteristics of sinter-hardened steels

Purpose: The main goal of this paper was the examination of the role of W addition on properties of two sinterhardened alloys with two different carbon levels. Additionally the influence of sinter-hardening process has been evaluated. Microstructural characteristic and mechanical properties of Ni-Mo steels with increasing amount of tungsten (from 0 to 0.3% wt.) were taken under consideration. Design/methodology/approach: Powder mixes have been compacted at 700MPa and sintered in a vacuum furnace with argon backfilling at 1120°C for 60 minutes.

Computer aided determination of porosity in sintered steels

Purpose: Purpose of this paper was to apply a computer method of open porosity analysis for determination of porosity in sintered Astaloy CrL and CrM powders. Design/methodology/approach: The powders used in the present papier are pre-alloyed iron-base powders containing low amounts of chromium and molybdenum. The amount of graphite which is mixed with the iron-base powder is 0.6% and lubricant is 0.75%.

Preparation and mechanical characterization of dense and porous zirconia produced by gel casting with gelatin as a gelling agent

A modified gel casting procedure based on a natural gelatin for food industry and commercial polyethylene spheres as pore formers was successfully exploited to produce dense and porous ceramic bodies made of yttria stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP). Vickers and Knoop microhardness, elastic modulus and fracture toughness measurements on dense samples obtained by experimental investigation closely matched results found in the literature for similar materials.

Mechanical properties of cellular ceramics obtained by gel casting: characterization and modeling

Dense and cellular ceramics were produced from yttria partially stabilized zirconia powders by gel-casting, using agar as a gelling agent and polyethylene spheres (125–300 μm diameter) as volatile pore forming agent to create 50–65 vol.% spherical macropores, uniformly distributed in a microporous matrix. The mechanical properties of both dense and porous samples were investigated at the microscale by nanoindentation testing.

Influence of carbon nanotubes structure on the mechanical behavior of cement composites

Cement matrix composites have been prepared by adding 0.5% in weight of multi wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) to plain cement paste. In order to study how the chemical–physical properties of the nanotubes can affect the mechanical behavior of the composite, we compared the specimen obtained by mixing the same cement paste with three different kinds of MWCNTs. In particular, as-grown, annealed and carboxyl functionalized MWCNTs have been used.