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A Sinter Visualization Device for Observing the Relationship Between Fillers and Porosity of Precursor-Derived Ceramic Coatings

College of Metrological Technology and Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018, China
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Coatings 2020, 10(6), 552; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings10060552
Received: 7 May 2020 / Revised: 2 June 2020 / Accepted: 8 June 2020 / Published: 9 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Innovative Surface Modification Techniques for Biodegradable Implants)
Adding fillers to polysilazane (PSZ)-derived ceramic coating is one of the main methods used to reduce PSZ porosity. In this study, we designed a sinter visualization device for understanding the effect of fillers on coating porosity and observed pore evolution within the coating sintering process using different filler ratios. When there was no filler in the coating, gas evolution occurred at the initial sintering stage due to a PSZ pyrolysis reaction. In the final stage, numerous cracks appeared because of volume shrinkage. It was determined that such coatings cannot provide good protection. Although the cracks disappeared after adding glass powder, many bubbles appeared. After adding ZrO2, the bubbles in the coating significantly reduced. When the volume ratio of PSZ/glass powder/ZrO2 was 1:2:1, the coating porosity after sintering was the lowest. Based on our visualization experimental results, we concluded that the glass powder’s healing effect and the ZrO2 skeleton effect were the main reasons for the reduced coating porosity. In addition, the sinter visualization device can be used to observe the surface morphology of other similar coatings during the sintering processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: precursor-derived ceramic coatings; polysilazane; filler; visualization; porosity; SEM precursor-derived ceramic coatings; polysilazane; filler; visualization; porosity; SEM
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Wang, G.; Wang, J.; Wang, J.; Chi, Z.; Zhang, G.; Zhou, Z.; Feng, Z.; Xiong, Y. A Sinter Visualization Device for Observing the Relationship Between Fillers and Porosity of Precursor-Derived Ceramic Coatings. Coatings 2020, 10, 552.

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