Metal injection moulding of bronze using thermoplastic binder based on HDPE
Authors: Herranz, G.; Várez, A.; Torralba, J. M.; Levenfeld, B.
Source: Powder Metallurgy, Volume 50, Number 2, June 2007 , pp. 184-188(5)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:In the present work, the injection moulding process of a Cu–10Sn bronze has been studied. Different formulations of binders based on high density polyethylene, paraffin wax and polyethylene glycol have been used. The optimisation of the metallic load is based on torque measurements and rheological studies. The optimum powder loading was 60 vol.-%. The moulding parameters are selected to obtain homogeneous specimens with three different geometries and without distortions. The green parts have an adequate strength for handling. The organic binder was eliminated by thermal debinding under N2/10%H2 atmosphere. The debinding process has been designed by means of thermogravimetrical analysis of binder and feedstock and considering the maximum heating rates at which the samples do not present cracks. The specimens were sintered at temperatures between 875 and 950°C in the same reducing atmosphere.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2007-06-01
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