Pressureless sintering of CaCO3 was carried out, with Li2CO3 (from 0.5 to 8 wt%) as an additive, under different pressures of CO2. Densification occurs between 600 and 700°C. Sintering above the eutectic temperature (T>662°C) leads to the decomposition
of calcium carbonate and the materials become expanded. At 620° under 1 kPa of CO2, a relative density of 96% is reached. Li2CO3 enhances the densification process and grain growth of calcium carbonate. CO2 pressure slows down densification and grain growth kinetics. These results are explained by the influence of carbonate and
calcium ion vacancies on the sintering mechanisms.