Homogeneity in sintering of fine Ni-20Cr powder by PECS process
Pulsed Electric Current Sintering (PECS), also known as spark plasma sintering (SPS) or plasma activation sintering (PAS) is technique used for densifying power compacts or materials such as metals and ceramics and combination thereof. The attractive features of the process are that it allows compaction and sintering in a single stage and the process itself is quite rapid.
PECS also shows promise in being able to produce high performance porous materials. The difficulty in producing such porous materials is the ability to produce a homogenous microstructure.
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