International journal of fracture vol:110 issue:1 pages:L9-L14
Sintering of powder-based ceramic composites is often accompanied by developments of cracks or large pores. As a rule, damage development is active only at early stage of sintering when junctures between particles are not strong enough. A macroscopic model of sintering taking into account broken junctures between particles is put forward. The model follows both densification and damage development during sintering.