Mechanical and Microstructural Evaluation of Y-TZP Using Microwave Sintering Technique
The effects of adding Al2O3 and CeO2 on the microstructure, mechanical and physical properties of 3 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (3Y-TZP) ceramics is presented over a wide sintering regime by pressureless sintering. It has been revealed that small additions of dopant to Y-TZP were beneficial in enhancing the mechanical properties of Y-TZP. Sintered samples were used to evaluate the bulk density, Vickers’s hardness, Young’s modulus, and shrinkage of the material. Al2O3 and CeO2 doped Y-TZPs sintered at 1450∘ C retained high bulk density (>97% of theoretical density) and Young’s modulus (>200 GPa) without sacrificing tetragonal phase stability. The optimum level of dopant was found to be at 0.3 Al2O3 / 0.5 CeO2 at sintering temperature between 1250∘ C and 1450∘C using the standard 12 min holding time cycle, with sintered body exhibiting excellent combination of properties when compared to the undoped ceramics.
Guojian Chen, Haider F. Abdul Amir, Puneet Tandon, Poi Sim Khiew
M. Golieskardi et al., "Mechanical and Microstructural Evaluation of Y-TZP Using Microwave Sintering Technique", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 706, pp. 36-41, 2016