Spain’s Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Center (CINN) has fabricated what it claims is the first 400 mm pure tungsten carbide blank produced by a hybrid Spark Plasma Sintering-Hot Press (SPS-HP) process. The sintering technique utilises a combination of both induction and joule heating.
The production of the tungsten carbide blank at the facilities of the Multifunctional Materials Development Unit marks an important milestone in the development of the Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) technology. The achievement demonstrates the possibility for industrial scale fabrication of large components via the SPS-HP process.
The Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Center (CINN) is a joint research centre established in 2007 by an institutional initiative of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Government of the Principality of Asturias and the University of Oviedo. These three institutions contribute to the CINN with funding as well as scientific facilities and staff.
The CINN combines a high-quality and internationally competitive interdisciplinary research with scientific and technological demonstration activities and has among its objectives the creation of new technology-based companies.