FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE DEPT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Microwave hybrid heating MHH is a unique combination of microwave MWmaterial interaction and conventional radiantconduction mechanisms that facilitates the attainment of very high heating rates in a 2.45 GHz, multimode MW cavity. Microstructural uniformity and homogeneity of dry-pressed green samples of pure, undoped alumina with MHH relative to conventional fast firing CFF has been studied. The confluence of the two heating mechanisms with MHH results in an improved parity in temperatures across specimen cross-sections vis-a-vis CFF and stand-alone MW SMW sintering. This enhanced parity in temperatures with MHH can be said to be responsible for the better microstructural homogeneity and improved mechanical properties relative to CFF. Sintering of larger 20 gm vs. 6 gm samples with MHH shows evidence of a definitive mass dependence on the MHH phenomena. Larger masses show a better parity in temperatures between the surface and interior of the sample. Consequently, this results in enhancements in the homogeneity of the microstructure, and improved and more uniform mechanical properties relative to the smaller MHH and CFF samples.
This article is from 'Ceramic Transactions. Volume 21. Proceedings of the Symposium on Microwave Theory and Application in Materials Processing Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Society (23rd) Held in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 29 - May 3, 1991,' AD-A253 631, p319-328.