ELECTRICAL CONTACTS WITH HIGH DENSITY FOR STRONG CURRENTS, MADE BY POWDER METALLURGY
Electrical contacts for strong currents by infiltration after sintering, was not satisfactory because the final density is much higher (11,100 kg/m3) and porosity is much lower (10.85 %). The infiltration after sintering contains: powder mixture preparation (W – 52 mass %, Ni – 2 %, Cu – 46 %, zinc stearate – 0,7 % – 7 g), homogenization, pressing (4,5 MPa), sintering (730 and 780 oC). The green density is almost constant, with an identical porosity of the first after the end of the process (14,28 %). By infiltration the density increased drastically (10,832 kg/m3), its variations were increased also and porosity decreased (at 10.85 %). The attained density is not sufficient for electrical contacts work (11,100 kg/m3), but it is closer. Way to improve density: pressing, sintering, and repressing (10,700 kg/m3).
Keywords: sintered electrical contacts, W-Cu
Cuvinte cheie: contacte electrice sinterizate, W-Cu