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Al2O3-TiC-ZrO2 nanocomposites fabricated by combustion synthesis followed by hot pressing
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Corrosion Science.
2008 (English)In: Materials Science & Engineering: A, ISSN 0921-5093, Vol. 475, no 1-2, 68-75 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Al2O3-TiC-ZrO2 nanocomposites were prepared by combustion synthesis followed by hot pressing with TiO2, Al, C and ZrO2 as raw materials. Combustion synthesis is favorable to obtain in situ formed powder with TiC and ZrO2 nanoparticles distributed in Al2O3 matrix. The effects of varying amount of ZrO2 nano-scale additives on the mechanical properties and microstructure of Al2O3-TiC composite were studied. An appropriate amount of ZrO2 nanoparticle additive improves the mechanical properties. The flexural strength and fracture toughness of Al2O3-TiC-10 wt.% ZrO2 composite were approximately 20% higher than that of Al2O3-TiC composite. The addition of ZrO2 nanoparticles reduced the grain size and improved the distribution of different phases. With the ZrO2 addition, the fracture mode changes from intergranular to mixed inter/transgranular fracture. The residual stresses are generated by the thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between different phases, which leads to the generation of dislocations and microcracks around the nanoparticles. The effects of nanoparticles on the deflected propagation, nailing and blocking of the dislocation and microcracks are believed to contribute to the improvement of the strength and toughness of Al2O3-TiC-ZrO2 composite.

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2008. Vol. 475, no 1-2, 68-75 p.
Keyword [en]
Al2O3-TiC-ZrO2, nanocomposite, combustion synthesis, hot pressing, mechanical property, microstructure
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Chemical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-38119DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2007.01.158ISI: 000253693100014ScopusID: 2-s2.0-38749138175OAI: diva2:435949
International Symposium on Inorganic Interfacial Engineering Location: Stockholm, SWEDEN Date: JUN 20-21, 2006 Available from: 2011-08-22 Created: 2011-08-22 Last updated: 2011-08-22Bibliographically approved

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