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Microwave Heating of Ceramics and its Application to Joining

  • H. Fukushima (a1), T. Yamanaka (a1) and M. Matsui (a1)

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A new butt joining method for ceramics by microwave heating was developed. Ceramics were heated in a rectangular cavity. A klystron of maximum 3 kW at 6 GHz was used as the power amplifier. The heating system can control the iris, plunger and microwave power to keep a power efficiency up to 90% and a accuracy within ±10°C at 1800°C. Microwave ceramic-ceramic joining was tried by using this system. A bending strength of the joined alumina rod (92% purity) was 420 MPa without adhesive. This value was equal to the original strength. Silicon nitride ceramics were joined with adhesive, which was a sintered ceramic sheet having lower purity and larger dielectric loss factor than the base ceramics. The microwave energy was concentrated on the sheet, so that only the joining area was heated. The strengths of joined specimens were in excess of 70% of original strengths. The joined boundary line was not detected in microscopic observation, and there was little difference in microstructure between before and after joining. These results suggest that sintering aids in grain boundary phases were preferentially heated and melted or diffused, resulting in sound joining of ceramics.

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Microwave Heating of Ceramics and its Application to Joining

  • H. Fukushima (a1), T. Yamanaka (a1) and M. Matsui (a1)

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