Thermal Treatments and Sintering
The CINN is fully equipped to perform a wide range of thermal treatments including dilatometric studies, calcination treatments and both presureless and Spark Plasma Sintering.
The services offered include:
- Dilatometric studies to determine both dynamic sintering curves and materials’ thermal expansion coefficients.
- Calcination Processes.
- Conventional sintering can be performed in air (temperatures up to 1800 °C) and in a controlled atmosphere (up to 1600 °C). In adittion the CINN has two Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) facilities:
- A laboratory equipment for samples with a size up to 80 mm in diameter.
- An industrial scale research equipment for the fabrication of blanks up to 400 mm in diameter. Additionally, this equipment allows to carry out sintering in a hybrid Hot-Press / SPS mode.