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High-toughness silicate ceramic


A silicate ceramic that is similar to porcelain and exhibits a maximum toughness of 4.6 MPa m1/2 was obtained by tape casting from kaolin and 3 vol% of alumina fibers. Improved toughness and strength are achieved with the organized micro-composite microstructure that results from preferential orientation during the shaping of kaolinite particles and fibers in-plane of layers. During sintering, typical nucleation and growth processes of mullite produce specific microstructural characteristics, such as bulk zones, oriented fibers and large interfacial zones between the fibers and the bulk. Toughening is attributed to the decreased crack energy in the bulk ceramic, in which a dense and organized network of short mullite occurs, and in interfacial zones containing a superimposed network of large mullite. The silicate ceramic that is reinforced by only 3 vol% of the alumina fibers is strong (95 MPa) and tough (4.6 MPa m1/2); although these properties are often mutually exclusive.


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hal-01116615 , version 1 (13-02-2015)



Kévin Boussois, Nicolas Tessier-Doyen, Philippe Blanchart. High-toughness silicate ceramic. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2014, 34 (1), pp.119-126. ⟨10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2013.07.024⟩. ⟨hal-01116615⟩
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