Overview of Conventional Sintering
This introductory chapter addresses an overview of the main processes taking place during the so-called Sintering phenomenon. The driving forces and mechanisms for the competitive processes, coalescence and grain growth, are also briefly discussed. The goal is not to provide and exhaustive review of the field, but to give the reader a concise perspective of the commonly accepted concepts of sintering, pathing the way for the next chapters of this book to address the specifics of nanosintering and field assisted processes.
KeywordsDihedral Angle Driving Force Interface Energy Boundary Energy Curvature Potential
This chapter was written with support from the National Science Foundation under grant DMR 1055504.