The 32 page chapter starts with the history of conventional press and sinter powder metallurgy (P/M) and its applications.

It continues with sections on green shape formation, sintering atmosphere and dew point control and its effects on tensile properties, dimensional changes and density of product and then moves on to consider the surface characteristics of air-atomised aluminium powder and the role of compaction in rupturing the oxide film.

The sintering of aluminium in a nitrogen atmosphere and atomic binding forces are also investigated. Dilatometry curves are provided for a series of alloys sintered under argon and nitrogen.

Finally, the resultant mechanical properties are tabulated and future trends discussed.

Some 95 reference sources are provided at the end of the chapter.

Other chapters in the 481 page hardback book cover fundamentals of sintering, kinetics and mechanisms of densification, microstructural changes, computer modelling, liquid phase sintering and Master sinter curves.

Part 2 covers advanced sintering processes including vacuum, microwave, field/current assisted and Photonic. Part 3 covers advanced materials including the chapter on aluminium as well as chapters on titanium, refractory metals, thin films and nanosized particles.

Sintering of Advanced Materials – Fundamentals and Processes’ Edited by Zhigang Zak Fang ISBN 978-1-84569-562-0 Pre-publication price £150, US$255, €190.

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