Characterisation of the Densification Mechanism of Plasma Sprayed Cordierite
Free-standing samples of plasma sprayed cordierite with a high level of porosity were heat treated at different temperatures and for different holding times in order to study the densification process. Optimisation of a new characterisation methodology for the interconnected defects network in the specimens of plasma sprayed cordierite based on fluorescence confocal scanning laser microscopy (CSLM) information was the main objective of the present work. Optical, electron and confocal microscopes were use to determine percentage, distribution and morphology of the defects in the specimens. Fractal geometry combined to the CSLM images was useful for evaluating structural characteristics, complexity and level of connectivity of the defects network of these samples. All this information allowed studying the level of densification accomplished by the samples under the different thermal treatments conditions. After the evaluation of the results produced, this methodology can be validated for other applications or processes such as conventional sintering, etc. Results showed low percentage of porosity with dispersion the latter related to the degree of anisotropy of the samples. However an increase of porosity with the crystallisation was also observed.
Jian-Feng Nie and Allan Morton
N. Llorca-Isern and G. Bertran-Vidal, "Characterisation of the Densification Mechanism of Plasma Sprayed Cordierite", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 654-656, pp. 2374-2377, 2010