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Construction of master sintering curve of ThO2 pellets using optimization technique

Author(s): Ray Aditi | Banerjee Joydipta | Kutty T.R.G. | Kumar Arun | Banerjee Srikumar

Journal: Science of Sintering
ISSN 0350-820X

Volume: 44;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 147;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Activation Energy | Master Sintering Curve | Work of Sintering | Optimization | Mean Residual Square

Sintering kinetics and densification behavior of pure ThO2 have been studied using high temperature dilatometer experiments at constant rate of heating. Sintering activation energy has been determined by Wang and Raj method. Master sintering curve (MSC) for densification is a functional sintering model that describes densification under arbitrary time temperature excursion of a particular material during sintering. MSC for pure ThO2 has been constructed by fitting experimental relative density versus work of sintering data with modified sigmoid function. Five independent parameters of the fitting function are determined by Nelder-Mead optimization technique with the objective of minimizing fitting error in terms of mean residual square. A FORTRAN program has been developed for efficient construction of best converged master curve. It is shown that activation energy of pure ThO2 found by MSC approach is consistent with those obtained by other methods.
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