Sintering of nano-sized WC-Co powders produced by a gas reduction-carburization process

Gwan-Hyoung Lee, Shinhoo Kang

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Abstract

Nanocrystalline cemented tungsten carbide has attracted considerable interests for use in cutting tool because of its superior mechanical properties. In this study, nano-sized powders of mixed WC and Co were prepared from attrition-milled oxides by a gas reduction-carburization process. The effects of compacting pressure, heating schedule, additional ball-milling, and the presence of a grain growth inhibitor on the sintering properties of the nano-sized WC-Co powders were examined. The grain size and phases in WC-Co alloy were clearly affected by compacting pressure. Because of the trapped gases and the lower melting point of the cobalt binder, when a compact of nano-sized WC-Co powder was sintered through a heating schedule with holding steps, the sintered alloy maintained the small size of WC grains without any η phase. In addition, the additional ball-milling improved the microstructure and mechanical properties of the nano-sized WC-Co powder by producing a more uniform distribution of carbon. The addition of VC led to uniformity in microstructure and mechanical properties, even though significant carbon loss occurred.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-289
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume419
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug 10

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Powders
Sintering
Gases
Ball milling
Mechanical properties
Carbon
Heating
Growth Inhibitors
Microstructure
Tungsten carbide
Cutting tools
Cobalt
Grain growth
Oxides
Binders
Melting point

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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Lee, Gwan-Hyoung ; Kang, Shinhoo. / Sintering of nano-sized WC-Co powders produced by a gas reduction-carburization process. In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 2006 ; Vol. 419, No. 1-2. pp. 281-289.
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In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 419, No. 1-2, 10.08.2006, p. 281-289.

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