Study on Spheroidization of Tungsten Powders by RF Plasma Processing
Spherical tungsten powders were synthesized by (RF) argon plasma with irregular tungsten powders in this paper. The microstructure and crystallographic phases of the synthesized powders were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). The results showed that fine spherical powder composed of pure tungsten phase with favorable dispersity and its surface becomes smooth. The spheroidization efficiency of synthesized powders was almost 100 %, and the particle size distribution became narrower after spheroidization treatment. The spheroidization efficiency of the sample decreases gradually as increasing of the feeding rate. The RF plasma spheroidization of tungsten powder is an ideal route synthesis of well- spherical metallic tungsten powders which is widely used in thermal spraying and metal injection moulding process.
Pengcheng Wang, Liqun Ai, Yungang Li, Xiaoming Sang and Jinglong Bu
Y. W. Sheng et al., "Study on Spheroidization of Tungsten Powders by RF Plasma Processing", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 295-297, pp. 135-139, 2011