Heat Sink Materials Processing by Pulse Plasma Sintering
A Pulse Plasma Sintering (PPS) process was employed to manufacture Cu-diamond composites with a 50% volume fraction of each constituent. Pure and Cr (0.8wt.%) alloyed copper matrices were used and commercial diamond powders. The composites were sintered at temperature of 900°C for 20 min and under pressure of 60 MPa. In these sintering conditions diamond becomes thermodynamically unstable. Cu0.8Cr-diamond and Cu-diamond composites with relative densities of 99,7% and 96% respectively were obtained. The thermal conductivity of Cu0.8Cr-diamond composite is equal to 640 W(mK)-1 whereas that of Cu-diamond is 200 W(mK)-1. The high thermal conductivity and relative density of Cu0.8Cr-diamond composite is due to the formation of a thin chromium carbide layer at the Cu-diamond interface.
Ch. Linsmeier and M. Reinelt
Ł. Ciupiński et al., "Heat Sink Materials Processing by Pulse Plasma Sintering", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 59, pp. 120-124, 2009