Characterization of ZrO2 and Al2O3 Bioceramics Obtained by Gelcasting


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Gelcasting is a novel method of forming ceramics and has been increasingly employed in preparing complex-shaped, near-net-shape advanced materials. In this work, alumina, zirconia and alumina-zirconia bioceramics were shaped by gelcasting, using MAM-MBAM monomer system, with subsequent sintering and characterization. High purity tetragonal ZrO2 (3mol%Y2O3) and .Al2O3 powders were used as starting powders. Powder mixture containing 80 wt.% of alumina and 20 wt.% of tetragonal zirconia were obtained by milling/homogenization. In all cases, the suspension obtained had at least 55 vol.% solid loading. Ceramic bodies were demolded, dried and characterized by green relative density. The compacts were sintered in air at 1550 and 15750C, for 120 minutes, with controlled heating-rate to facilitate organic compounds removal. Sintered samples were characterized by relative density, and analyzed by X-Ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscopy. Hardness and fracture toughness were determined using Vicker’s indentation method.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 591-593)

Edited by:

Lucio Salgado and Francisco Ambrozio Filho




C. dos Santos et al., "Characterization of ZrO2 and Al2O3 Bioceramics Obtained by Gelcasting", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 591-593, pp. 482-486, 2008

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August 2008