Preparation of Ce-ZrO2 Based Composites and Effect of Addition of 3Y-ZrO2 on Their Microstructures
12 mol%CeO2 based composites were fabricated by a pressureless sintering technique and post-HIP treatments. The mixture of 12CeO2-ZrO2/3Y2O3-ZrO2 (= 80 wt%/20 wt%) powders from various methods were prepared by a ball milling technique and consequently sintered at 1400 in air atmosphere and post-HIP treatment at 1350. The 12Ce-ZrO2/Y-ZrO2 composites sintered from mixture of 12CeO2-ZrO2 powder and 3Y2O3-ZrO2 powders possessed the high strength over 1300 MPa and also high fracture toughness over 11 MPam1/2. Furthermore, the significant inhibition of the ZrO2 phase transformation of tetragonal to monoclinic phase under an aqueous hydrothermal condition at 150 was obtained for these 12Ce-ZrO2/Y-ZrO2 composites prepared from this method. Microstructural observation was in detail performed by TEM and EDS.
T. Ohji, T. Sekino and K. Niihara
A. Nakahira et al., "Preparation of Ce-ZrO2 Based Composites and Effect of Addition of 3Y-ZrO2 on Their Microstructures", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 317-318, pp. 41-44, 2006