Special Issue "Spark Plasma Sintering Technology"
A special issue of Ceramics (ISSN 2571-6131).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: development of ceramic/carbon nanostructure (graphene or nanotube) composites; 3D printing of porous materials; densification by spark plasma sintering; tribological, mechanical, and thermal properties
Interests: synthesis, preparation, and densification of materials (with nano and microscales, composite, multilayered system, ceramic, metal, polymer, glass etc.) by spark plasma sintering; development of novel, specific, and multifunctional architectures (FGM, micro- and mesoporous composite structure, sandwiches) to tailor specific properties; studies of densification mechanisms and finite element modeling; electrothermal, mechanical, and microstructural (ETMM) of the SPS process for the elaboration of parts with complex shapes
Interests: ceramics; ceramic composites; ceramic thin-films and coatings; processing and sintering; mechanical properties; tribology; X-ray diffraction theory and methods; microstructural characterization; severe plastic deformation
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In recent decades, spark plasma sintering (SPS) and field-assisted sintering technology (FAST), which are both pressure-assisted pulsed direct current sintering processes belonging to electric current activated/assisted sintering (ECAS) techniques, have allowed hundreds of research laboratories and companies around the world to step forward to develop new materials with improved performance that could not have been manufactured using common sintering techniques. Among them, multifunctional nanomaterials with negligible grain growth and/or phase transformation at reduced temperatures, complex composites including novel fillers such as carbon nanotubes or graphene, or graded materials stand out. In addition, important efforts have been carried out to elucidate the mass transfer mechanisms occurring within the materials during the SPS process, also modeling the physical parameters that govern this sintering technique. Scaling up to manufacture larger specimens and tooling to produce dense complex parts has also been investigated.
This Special Issue is focused on novel research activities that closely combine the use of the SPS/FAST technique to produce new ceramic-based materials with improved properties (mechanical, electrical, thermal, tribological, etc.) for emerging applications. Theoretical studies and reviews will also be covered, and the Guest Editors encourage scientists investigating these topics to contribute to this Special Issue.
Dr. Manuel Belmonte
Dr. Claude Estournes
Prof. Dr. Angel L. Ortiz
Dr. Koji Morita
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- Spark plasma sintering (SPS), HP-SPS, Flash-SPS
- Field-assisted sintering technology (FAST)
- Ceramics and nanoceramics
- Ceramic composites and nanocomposites
- Functionally-graded materials
- Mechanical/Tribological properties of SPSed ceramics
- Functional properties of SPSed ceramics
- Sintering mechanisms