A new starch-based binder for metal injection molding

H. Abolhasani, Norhamidi Muhamad

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Abstract

A composition of starch and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) was prepared as the binder and a mixture of this binder with 316L stainless steel powder was used to achieve a feedstock with 57% vol. powder loading. Rheological specifications of the binder and the feedstock were observed by means of capillary rheometery. Pseudo-plastic behavior of the binder and feedstock was investigated as a necessity in metal injection molding (MIM) process by proper flow characterization tests and their viscosity as the most significant flow characteristic was obtained in acceptable ranges. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was carried out on feedstock in order to understand decomposition behavior of the binder components. In the next step, injection molding of the components was successfully conducted. Mechanical properties of compacts were then investigated through the triple point flexure test and the results showed that mechanical strength of specimens are very close to established ranges. The density of green parts was measured to assess the compaction of feedstock and it was achieved within the expected range for ferrous-based feedstocks. Debinding process was accomplished on compacted articles at three different temperature ranges including 70, 80 and 90 °C. Sintering process also was successfully accomplished on samples. For observing microstructures, the surface and cross section of specimens were compared before and after debinding as well as after sintering using scanning electron macrograph (SEM). Generally, this newly developed binder demonstrated a good potential for being utilized in MIM process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-968
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
Volume210
Issue number6-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010

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Metal molding
Injection Molding
Starch
Injection molding
Feedstocks
Binders
Metals
Sintering
Powder
Range of data
Triple Point
Powders
Flexure
Compaction
Stainless Steel
Mechanical Properties
Scanning
Microstructure
Plastics
Viscosity

Keywords

  • Feedstock
  • Metal injection molding
  • Starch-based binder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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A new starch-based binder for metal injection molding. / Abolhasani, H.; Muhamad, Norhamidi.

In: Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Vol. 210, No. 6-7, 01.04.2010, p. 961-968.

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