Chapter 26. Alumina-Copper Composites by Vapor Phase Sintering

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr.
  1. Marc A. Ritland and
  2. Dennis W. Readey

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470314234.ch26

Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 14, Issue 9/10

Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 14, Issue 9/10

How to Cite

Ritland, M. A. and Readey, D. W. (1993) Alumina-Copper Composites by Vapor Phase Sintering, in Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 14, Issue 9/10 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470314234.ch26

Author Information

  1. The Colorado Center of Advanced Ceramics, Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO 80401

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1993

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375273

Online ISBN: 9780470314234

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • deformation;
  • wettability;
  • thermal conductivities;
  • sintering;
  • three-dimensional

Summary

Ceramic-metal composites offer the promise of improved fracture toughness over that of the ceramic alone. In addition, a continuous ceramic phase should significantly improve the high temperature deformation resistance of the metal. An alumina-copper composite was chosen as a model material. Porous alumina with variable porosity and pore size is prepared by sintering Al2O3 in an HC1 atmosphere to enhance vapor transport and control the microstructure. Molten copper containing dissolved Cu2O for improved wettability is infiltrated into the porous alumina. This results in a 3-dimensional interpenetrating composite of Al2O3 and Cu. The process leads to near-net-shape parts with improved mechanical properties.