TY - JOUR TI - Master sintering curve: A practical approach to its construction AU - Pouchly V. AU - Maca K. JN - Science of Sintering PY - 2010 VL - 42 IS - 1 SP - 25 EP - 32 PT- Article AB- The concept of a Master Sintering Curve (MSC) is a strong tool for optimizing the sintering process. However, constructing the MSC from sintering data involves complicated and time-consuming calculations. A practical method for the construction of a MSC is presented in the paper. With the help of a few dilatometric sintering experiments the newly developed software calculates the MSC and finds the optimal activation energy of a given material. The software, which also enables sintering prediction, was verified by sintering tetragonal and cubic zirconia, and alumina of two different particle sizes.