Characterization of spark plasma sintered graphene-coated stainless-steel compacts
Document typeConference lecture
PublisherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
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We investigated the effect of sintering temperature and graphene content on the microstructure, densification, hardness, and wear properties of spark-pl asma sintered (SPS) graphene-coated 316L stainless-steel powders. Four sintering temperatures (850, 900, 950, and 1000 °C) and graphene content of 0.01, 0.1, and 0.5 wt.% were investigated. Re sults showed that sintered density increased with the sintering temperature. Microstructural examination corroborated this result as distinct unsintered powder particles, sinter necks and la rge interparticle pores observed at 850 °C were annihilated at 1000 °C. The 316L stainless stee l sintered specimen had a density of 7.27 g/cm3 , which decreased slightly with incr easing graphene content to 7.17 g/cm 3 for the sample with 0.5 wt.% graphene coating. The sintering temperature and graphene content appeared not to have significant effect on the microhardness. For instance, microhardness for the reference 316L sintered specimen was 189 HV, compared to ~ 171 HV fo r all the graphene-coated 316L sintered specimens. X-ray diffraction analysis did not dete ct the formation of carbides in the sintered samples, which suggested that the sintering pr ocess minimized its formation. Raman spectroscopy indicated that sintering at 850 °C preserved the structure of gr aphene during the spark plasma sintering process.
CitationAkinwekomi, A.D.; Akhtar, F.; Taher, M. Characterization of spark plasma sintered graphene-coated stainless-steel compacts. A: . Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 2022,