Spark plasma sintering of fine uranium carbide powder

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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.

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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

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