Impact of crystal defects on the grain growth of cemented carbides
Journal article, 2018
Two different WC-Co powder mixtures were produced through a 200 h milling process. One of these mixtures were heat treated with the aim to remove the crystal defects from the WC grains. Image analysis showed that the two powders had the same average WC grain size and grain size distributions. X-ray diffraction showed much more narrow peaks for the material produced from the heat treated powder thus interpreted to have much less crystal defects. The powder mixtures were used to produce cemented carbides. Image analyses showed a clear difference for the WC grain sizes where the material produced from the heat treated powder had a significantly smaller mean WC grain size. It is therefore concluded that the crystal defects are of importance and facilitate WC grain growth during sintering.
Abnormal grain growth