Sinterable Powders from Laser-Driven Reactions

  • John S. Haggerty
  • W. Roger Cannon


Increasingly, because of their superior properties, ceramic materials are being considered for applications where there are high stress levels and where their failure would cause a major problem. These properties include hardness, high-temperature strength, erosion, oxidation and corrosion resistance, low density, and, for some applications, specific electrical and optical properties. The use of ceramic materials in these applications can only be considered, however, if their reliability is improved. Brittle materials fail catastrophically, and the wide distribution of observed strengths specifically associated with ceramic materials forces engineers to design so conservatively that ceramics lose their intrinsic advantages relative to conventional materials. For instance, it is impossible to design for a load stress that is less than one-tenth the mean strength and retain a superior strength to weight ratio.


Laser Intensity Sinterable Powder Reaction Threshold Powder Characteristic Unimolecular Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John S. Haggerty
    • 1
  • W. Roger Cannon
    • 1
  1. 1.Energy LaboratoryMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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