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De Bellis, Alice Cleveland (2002) COMPUTER MODELING OF SINTERING IN CERAMICS. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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A computer model of the sintering process has been developed to study the evolution of the microstructure in a sintered part as a function of the volumetric density. The model of the sintering process begins with a particle packing model, which generates a close-packed array of particles. A Representative Volume Element (RVE) of the packing is selected and examined. Next is densification, which is simulated by uniformly increasing the radii of the particles.Two dimensionless parameters, the intercept ratio Λ and the surface area ratio Ψ, are used to quantify the model. This model shows good results at lower packing densities. Areas in which the model can be improved and extended are also highlighted.The intent of this model is to predict the final microstructure of a sintered part based on its geometry and its stereology. It treats the sintering process as continuous, without the stages normally used to describe sintering.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
De Bellis, Alice
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSlaughter, William
Committee MemberNettleship,
Committee MemberSmolinski, Patrickpatsmol@pitt.eduPATSMOL
Date: 3 September 2002
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 20 June 2002
Approval Date: 3 September 2002
Submission Date: 18 June 2002
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Mechanical Engineering
Degree: MSME - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: modeling; densification; microstructure; sintering; stereology; particle packing; dimensionless parameters; powder metallurgy
Other ID:, etd-06182002-213950
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:48
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:44


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