Addition of CeO2 into ZTA and its effects on microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated. CeO2 was detected with significant amounts only above 10 wt%. Viscosity was measured for slurry preparartions and characterization of mechanical properties of ZTA. Additions of CeO2 of more than 10 wt% surpassed the solubility limit and formed Ce2Zr3O10. Ce2Zr3O10 increased the tetragonality factor, prevented excessive grain growth through a pinning effect, which is attributed to the segregation of Ce2Zr3O10 to the grain boundaries and showed a peak in fracture toughness with a value of 9.3 MPam1/2 with 10 wt% additions of CeO2. Further additions of CeO2 reduced ZTA’s mechanical strength. Maximum value of Hv was 17700 MPa with 10 wt% CeO2. Porosities have been attributed as the underlying reason as to why theoretical density were always higher than measured densities.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Key Engineering Materials|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Jul 2019|