Reactive spark plasma sintering of binderless WC ceramics at 1500 C

Shi Kuan Sun*, Guo Jun Zhang, Wen Wen Wu, Ji Xuan Liu, Ji Zou, Tohru Suzuki, Yoshio Sakka

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Binderless WC ceramics were prepared by reactive spark plasma sintering, using tungsten trioxide, tungsten and carbon black as the starting materials. Phase assemblages and microstructure of the as-sintered ceramics were investigated. It was found that graphite existed as an impurity phase due to the volatilization of WO3, and W could compensate for the WO3 loss to form WC with a single phase. Benefiting from the enhanced sinterability, WC ceramics with high relative density and good hardness could be obtained at temperature as low as 1500 C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Binderless cemented carbides
  • Densification
  • SPS
  • Tungsten carbides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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