Effects of Sintering Temperature on the Density And Porosity of Sodium Chloride Preforms for Open Celled Aluminium Foam Manufacturing
AbstractEffects of sintering temperature on the density and porosity of sodium chloride preforms for alu- minium foam manufacturing have been investigated. Cold pressed salt preforms were sintered at 30, 760 and 790 and di erent times ranging between 6- 18 hours in a carbolite furnace at a heating rate of 5/minute. The Results of density and porosity measurements show that the density and porosity of the preform can be varied by changing the sintering temperatures of the preforms. It was observed that the density of the preforms increases with sintering temperature at constant time and pre-sintering pressure while porosity has an inverse relationship with tem- perature. Results of scanning electron microscopic analyses, show sintering connection (bonding) between the salt beads at all the temperatures in which sintering was performed. Sintering of the sodium chloride perform was attributed to grain boundary di usion and evaporation condensation mechanisms.
Keywords: sintering, preform, density, porosity, aluminium foam