4th International Workshop on Spark Plasma Sintering
Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) is a technology developed in Japan by K. Inoue (1966). Since that time, SPS has been widely used in Japan at an industrial scale. In other countries, the tendency is still to investigate it at a laboratory level, even though some industrial applications are now in the air.
Despite evidences for existence of unusual phenomena occurring during sintering process using pulsed current, most of the knowledge is still empirical. To enhance SPS potentialities as well as efficiency, theoretical investigations are needed.
The purpose of this International Workshop is to give some breakthroughs regarding densification mechanisms, current path, temperature gradients and mould nature / design influence, whatever is the powder bed (conductive or insulating).
Fabrication of novel materials, assembling of dissimilar materials and functionally graded materials are also concerned.