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Using Microwave Energy to Synthesize Light Weight/Energy Saving Magnesium Based Materials: A Review

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Microwave energy can be used for the processing of a wide variety of materials. It is used most commonly for the heating of food and has been increasingly applied for processing of polymers; ceramics; metals; minerals and composites. The use of microwave energy allows rapid and volumetric heating where heat is generated from within the material instead of via radiative heat transfer from external heating elements. This paper aims to provide a review on the use of energy efficient and environment friendly microwave energy route to synthesize magnesium based materials reinforced with various types of metallic and ceramic reinforcements. Magnesium composites are extremely attractive for weight critical applications in automotive; aerospace; electronics and transportation sectors. The magnesium composites were prepared using blend—compact—microwave sintering—extrusion methodology. Microwave sintering allowed a significant reduction of 80% in both processing time and energy consumption over conventional sintering without any detrimental effect on the properties of the synthesized magnesium composites. Physical; microstructure and mechanical properties of microwave sintered magnesium composites will also be discussed and compared with magnesium composites processed by conventional liquid and solid processing techniques.

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Author(s): Wong WLE, Gupta M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Technologies

Year: 2015

Volume: 3

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-18

Online publication date: 20/01/2015

Acceptance date: 07/01/2015

ISSN (electronic): 2227-7080

Publisher: MDPIAG


DOI: 10.3390/technologies3010001


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