CENTRO DE TECNOLOGIA DE RECURSOS MINERALES Y CERAMICA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
THREE DIFFERENT ALUMINA-ZIRCONIA COMPOSITES: SINTERING, MICROSTRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
HEIDY L. CALAMBÁS PULGARIN; MARÍA P. ALBANO
MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING
ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2015 vol. 639 p. 136 - 144
Two commercial 3 mol% yttria-partially stabilized zirconia powders, 0.3 wt% Al2O3-doped (Al-doped Y-PSZ) and without Al2O3 (Y-PSZ), and a Zr (IV) precursor were used to produce alumina (Al2O3)-zirconia (ZrO2) slip cast composites. The influence of both the zirconia content and the reduction of zirconia particle size on the sintering behaviour, microstructure development and mechanical properties were investigated. The increase in the zirconia content from 10.5 to 22 vol% increased the hardness; whereas, above 22 vol% ZrO2 the hardness decreased. A significant increase in the fracture toughness with increasing the ZrO2 content over 22 vol% was obtained by the stress-induced phase transformation. The flaw size limited the strength below 22 vol%; whereas, above 22 vol% ZrO2 the strength was controlled by the stress-activated phase transformation. For 10.5 vol% ZrO2, the smaller ZrO2 grains produced by using the Zr (IV) precursor were more effective in preventing the Al2O3 grain growth resulting in higher hardness. However, the tetragonal-monoclinic (t-m) transformation of some unstabilized ZrO2 grains during cooling reduced the young΄s modulus and fracture toughness.