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EFFECT OF Mo2C ON THE MICROSTRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF (Ti,W)C–Ni CERMETS

Chengliang Han,
 
Changan Tian
 

Powder Metallurgy - Kiev: Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science NASU, 2014, #01/02
http://www.materials.kiev.ua/article/1186

Abstract

(Ti, W)C–Ni cermets with different contents of Mo2C were produced by the spark plasma sintering (SPS) method. The grain size (GS), composition of ceramic phases, and mechanical properties of the sintered cermets were investigated. The amount of Mo2C had a significant influence on the microstructure and mechanical properties of as-prepared cermets. GS and fracture toughness (K) were decreased as a result of increasing the amount of Mo2C. By increasing the amount of Mo2C, the transverse rupture strength (TRS) and hardness (HRA) were enhanced. However, above 10 wt.%, the TRS was reduced. The conventional black cores observed by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE–SEM) in backscattered electron imaging (BSE) in (Ti, W)C–Ni cermets will be partially turned into some white cores which contain higher Mo, except for Ti and W elements, when content of Mo2C reaches ~15 wt.%. Batch mechanical tests indicate that cermets with some white cores have refined microstructure and higher hardness, but relatively lower transverse rupture strength (TRS) and fracture toughness (K) at room temperature.


(TI, W)C–NI CERMETS, MECHANICAL PROPERTIES, MICROSTRUCTURE, SPARK-PLASMA SINTERING