Results of uranium carbide sintering using a spark plasma sintering facility are presented here. The initial uranium carbide powder is produced from the thermal decomposition of a citric acid and uranium nitrate mixture. The study shows that spark plasma sintering is a very efficient compaction tool for uranium carbide material. Both onset of sintering and final density are strongly correlated to the UC synthesis conditions.
Salvato, D., Vigier, J. F., Cologna, M., Luzzi, L., Somers, J., & Tyrpekl, V. (2017). Spark plasma sintering of fine uranium carbide powder. Ceramics International, 43(1), 866–869. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ceramint.2016.09.136