Effect of Zirconia Content and Powder Processing on Mechanical Properties of Gelcasted ZTA Composite

Khoshkalam, M ; Sharif University of Technology | 2013

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1080/0371750X.2013.851618
  3. Publisher: 2013
  4. Abstract:
  5. Addition of fine zirconia particles in the alumina matrix in order to produce ZTA composite is a well-known method for improving the mechanical properties of alumina ceramics such as flexural strength and fracture toughness. Increasing homogeneity and reducing alumina grain size are two key factors for achieving proper mechanical properties in this ceramic matrix composite. In this work two batches of ZTA powder precursor were prepared through mixing of alumina and zirconia by ball milling and in situ synthesis of ZTA composite via solution combustion method. The bending strength testing samples were fabricated through gel-casting process. The effects of different powder processing methods as well as zirconia contents on microstructural homogeneity and mechanical properties of ZTA composites were investigated. The samples produced by solution combustion synthesized powder yielded higher homogeneity, finer microstructure and higher flexural strength. Results showed an upswing in the fracture toughness for the synthesized samples even up to 20 vol% zirconia, while the mixed samples depicted optimum fracture toughness in 10 vol% zirconia content
  6. Keywords:
  7. Flexural strength ; Gel casting process ; Gel-casting ; Microstructural homogeneity ; Solution combustion ; Solution combustion method ; Synthesized powder ; Zirconia particles ; ZTA ceramics ; Alumina ; Ball milling ; Bending strength ; Ceramic materials ; Ceramic matrix composites ; Combustion ; Fracture toughness ; Hardness ; Mechanical properties ; Zirconia
  8. Source: Transactions of the Indian Ceramic Society ; Volume 72, Issue 3 , May , 2013 , Pages 175-181 ; 0371750X (ISSN)
  9. URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0371750X.2013.851618#.VhnxHm65JIE