Enhanced densification of zinc powders through thermal cycling

C. A. Schuh*, David C Dunand

*Corresponding author for this work

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The densification of zinc powders by uniaxial hot pressing is investigated under both isothermal and thermal cycling conditions. Thermal cycling results in enhanced densification kinetics as compared to isothermal compaction at the upper cycle temperature. Using mechanistic models of initial-stage powder densification, the experimental data are analyzed to reveal the creep stress-exponent and activation energy of the dominant densification mechanism. Consequently, the observed densification enhancement during thermal cycling is confirmed to be due to internal stress plasticity, which is produced by internal mismatch stresses between adjacent zinc grains with anisotropic thermal expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1349-1358
Number of pages10
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 2 2002


  • Hot pressing
  • Powder consolidation
  • Superplasticity
  • Thermal expansion
  • Zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys

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