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Effects of copper addition on Thermal behaviour of P/M iron metal

Volume 22, Issue 2, April 2016, Pages 395–400

 Effects of copper addition on Thermal behaviour of P/M iron metal

S. Dhasarathy and T.K. Kandavel

Original language: English

Received 31 March 2016

Copyright © 2016 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Powder metallurgy is the science of procuring powder, consolidation into required shape and sintering it to obtain final product. The final density of the product depends upon the compaction pressure and sintering temperature. Thermal conductivity is a property to measure the heat conducting ability of the material. It depends upon the composition and porosity of the material. In this study, the thermal conductivity of Fe-Cu powder is studied and compared with plain iron powder prepared at the same density. Finely powdered metal powders are compacted in a die using an UTM machine. The disc obtained is sintered in a furnace to improve its strength. The thermal conductivity of Fe-Cu Powder alloy is found to be greater than that of plain iron powder because of the addition of copper, which has higher thermal conductivity. The Rockwell hardness value is also studied for the influence of hardness on thermal conductivity. The material developed can be used in various thermal applications like cooking ovens, clutch plates, and other industrial applications.

Author Keywords: Powder metallurgy, Thermal Conductivity, Powder iron, Fe-Cu alloy, sintering.

How to Cite this Article

S. Dhasarathy and T.K. Kandavel, “Effects of copper addition on Thermal behaviour of P/M iron metal,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 395–400, April 2016.