Chapter 42. Microwave Assisted (Mass) Processing of Metal-Ceramic and Reaction-Bonded Composites

  1. Rajan Tandon,
  2. Andrew Wereszczak and
  3. Edgar Lara-Curzio
  1. P. G. Karandikar1,
  2. M. K. Aghajanian1,
  3. D. Agrawal2 and
  4. J. Cheng2

Published Online: 27 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470291313.ch42

Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics II: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 27, Issue 2

Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics II: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 27, Issue 2

How to Cite

Karandikar, P. G., Aghajanian, M. K., Agrawal, D. and Cheng, J. (2008) Microwave Assisted (Mass) Processing of Metal-Ceramic and Reaction-Bonded Composites, in Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics II: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 27, Issue 2 (eds R. Tandon, A. Wereszczak and E. Lara-Curzio), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470291313.ch42

Author Information

  1. 1

    M Cubed Technologies, Inc. 1 Tralee Industrial Park Newark, DE 1971 1

  2. 2

    Materials Research Laboratory Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA, 16802

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470080528

Online ISBN: 9780470291313

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Keywords:

  • microwave;
  • pressureless;
  • infiltration;
  • microwave assisted (MASS);
  • demonstrate;
  • consumption

Summary

Composites offer tailorable physical, thermal and mechanical properties for a variety of applications. M Cubed manufactures metal–ceramic composites and reaction bonded ceramic composites via pressureless infiltration techniques. Conventional manufacturing of these composites involves use of the resistance heated furnaces and retorts. In this work the ability to produce infiltrated composites using microwave heating has been demonstrated. Identical composite compositions were also fabricated using conventional heating for comparison. Properties of the composites made by microwave assisted (MASS) processes were comparable to the properties of the composites made by the conventional methods. Substantial process time reductions were achieved for all the infiltration processes using microwave assistance. Several prototype components were fabricated to demonstrate process scale up. Thus, MASS processing will lead to lower process time, higher productivity, lower energy consumption and overall lower component cost.