Investigation of Properties of Powder Injection-Molded Steatites

Urtekin L., Uslan İ., Tuc B.

JOURNAL OF MATERIALS ENGINEERING AND PERFORMANCE, vol.21, no.3, pp.358-365, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11665-011-9901-8
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.358-365
  • Keywords: CIM, mechanical properties, porosity, steatite
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, the mechanical and micro-structural properties of injection-molded steatites were investigated experimentally. Initially, steatite powders and binders of polyethylene glycol (PEG), polypropylene (PP), and stearic aside (SA) were mixed to prepare the feedstock. The mixing powders were granulated using the extruder. The short granules in cylindrical shapes were used as the feedstock in the injection-molding operations. Solvent- and thermal-debinding processes were applied to the green samples after the molding. The samples were sintered at 1300 degrees C for 4 h, and a theoretical density of 98-99% was achieved. Three-point bending and tensile tests were performed on the samples which were sintered at 1200-1300 degrees C. The maximum three-point bending and tensile strength values were found as 154 and 47 MPa, respectively. The morphology of fractured surface was done by scanning electron microscopy whereas porosity investigations were carried out using the same microscopy. Grain growth and structure on the specimens were also investigated using transmission electron microscopy.