Porous ceramic materials are of considerable interest for a variety of chemical and industrial applications in extremely harsh conditions, particularly at very high temperatures for long time periods. A combined gel-casting-fugitive phase process employing agar as a natural gelling agent and polyethylene spheres as pore formers was exploited to produce porous ceramic bodies. Alumina and alumina–zirconia powders were used to prepare samples having a porosity of about 65–70–75 vol%. The composite powder was produced by a surface modification route, i.e. by coating a well-dispersed alpha-alumina powder with a zirconium chloride aqueous solution. On thermal treatment, ultra-fine tetragonal zirconia grains were formed on the surface of the alumina particles. SEM observations and image analysis were used to characterize the microstructure of porous samples and uniaxial compressive tests were carried out to measure their mechanical behavior.
|Titolo:||Development and mechanical characterization of novel ceramic foams fabricated by gel-casting|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2013.01.038|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|