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China Foundry  2012 

Preparation and properties of gradient Al2O3-ZrO2 ceramic foam by centrifugal slip casting method

Keywords: ceramic foam , centrifugal slip casting , settling velocity , gradient distribution , compressive property

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The aim of the present research is to provide a novel technique for preparing gradient Al2O3-ZrO2 ceramic foams. This technique used epispastic polystyrene spheres to array templates and centrifugal slip casting to obtain cell struts with gradient distribution of Al2O3 and ZrO2 particles and high packing density. Aqueous Al2O3-20vol.% ZrO2 slurries with 20vol.% solid contents were prepared and the dispersion and rheological characteristics of the slurries were investigated. The settling velocity and mass segregation of Al2O3 and ZrO2 particles at different centrifugal accelerations were calculated and studied. The drying behavior, macrostructure, microstructure, compressive property and resistance to thermal shock of the sintered products were also investigated. The results show that the difference of settling velocity of Al2O3 and ZrO2 particles increases and mass segregation becomes acute with an increase in centrifugal acceleration. The cell struts prepared at a centrifugal acceleration of 1,690 g have high sintered density (99.0% TD) and continuous gradient distribution of Al2O3 and ZrO2 particles. When sintered at 1,550 oC for 2 h, the cell size of gradient Al2O3-ZrO2 foam is approximately uniform, about 1.1 mm. With the porosity of gradient Al2O3-ZrO2 ceramic foams increasing from 75.3% to 83.0%, the compressive strength decreases from 4.4 to 2.4 MPa, and the ceramic foams can resist 8-11 repeated thermal shock from 1,100 oC to room temperature.

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