Effect of Alumina Additions on Mechanical and Electrical Properties of 8mol% Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering
Dense 8mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) consisting of submicrometer-sized grains was prepared using spark plasma sintering (SPS) along with Al2O3 additives. The starting powder with average particle size of 50nm was densified to 98% of the relative density with short sintering time (5min) at 1200 while preserving a submicrometer grain size. The fracture toughness and bending strength showed maximum values of 2.54MPam1/2 and 380MPa at 2vol% alumina-added 8YSZ, due mainly to the higher relative density and small grain size. The electrical conductivity of 2vol% alumina-added 8YSZ was 0.0278 S/cm at 700 in airThus, alumina additions in 8YSZ using the SPS method are an effective process to improve the mechanical strength and electrical conductivity.
T. Ohji, T. Sekino and K. Niihara
J. K. Kim et al., "Effect of Alumina Additions on Mechanical and Electrical Properties of 8mol% Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 317-318, pp. 917-920, 2006