Processing and Properties of Zirconia-Toughened Alumina Prepared by Gelcasting
AbstractZirconia-toughened alumina (ZTA) using yttria-stabilised zirconia is a good option for ceramic-ceramic bearing couples for hip joint replacement. Gelcasting is a colloidal processing technique capable of producing complex products with a range of dimensions and materials by a relatively low-cost production process. Using gelcasting, ZTA samples were prepared, optimising the stages of fabrication, including slurry preparation with varying solid loadings, moulding and de-moulding, drying and sintering. Density, hardness, fracture toughness, flexural strength and grain size were observed relative to slurry solid loadings between 58 and 62 vol. %, as well as sintering temperatures of 1550 °C and 1650 °C. Optimal conditions found were plastic mould, 4000 g/mol PEG with 30 vol. % concentration, 61% solid loading and Ts = 1550 °C. ZTA samples of high density (maximum 99.1%), high hardness (maximum 1902 HV), high fracture toughness (maximum 5.43 MPa m1/2) and high flexural strength (maximum 618 MPa) were successfully prepared by gelcasting and pressureless sintering. View Full-Text
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Abbas, S.; Maleksaeedi, S.; Kolos, E.; Ruys, A.J. Processing and Properties of Zirconia-Toughened Alumina Prepared by Gelcasting. Materials 2015, 8, 4344-4362.
Abbas S, Maleksaeedi S, Kolos E, Ruys AJ. Processing and Properties of Zirconia-Toughened Alumina Prepared by Gelcasting. Materials. 2015; 8(7):4344-4362.Chicago/Turabian Style
Abbas, Salam; Maleksaeedi, Saeed; Kolos, Elizabeth; Ruys, Andrew J. 2015. "Processing and Properties of Zirconia-Toughened Alumina Prepared by Gelcasting." Materials 8, no. 7: 4344-4362.