Densification of Magnesium Aluminate Spinel Using Manganese and Cobalt Fluoride as Sintering Aids.

Author(s) Talimian, A.; Pouchly, V.; Maca, K.; Galusek, D.
Journal Materials (Basel)
Date Published 2019 Dec 24

Highly dense magnesium aluminate spinel bodies are usually fabricated using pressure-assisted methods, such as spark plasma sintering (SPS), in the presence of lithium fluoride as a sintering aid. The present work investigates whether the addition of transition metal fluorides promotes the sintering of MgAlO bodies during SPS. At the same time, such fluorides can act as a source of optically active dopants. A commercial MgAlO was mixed with 0.5 wt% of LiF, MnF, and CoF and, afterwards, consolidated using SPS at 1400 °C. Although MnF and CoF promote the densification as effectively as LiF, they cause significant grain growth.

DOI 10.3390/ma13010102
ISSN 1996-1944
Citation Materials (Basel). 2019;13(1).

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