Study of Crystallite Size of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Powders by Rietveld Method
The yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is used in a great variety of applications, for example, electrolytes of solid oxide fuel cells and oxygen sensors. In the study of YSZ, the particle size powders and sintering processes are important to define the final properties of the zirconia products. The objectives of this work were to determine the phases and the crystalline size using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) data and the Rietveld Method (RM) of the YSZ powders obtained by chemical synthesis based on the Pechini method. It was used ZrOCl2.8H2O and Y(NO3)3.5H2O as precursors reagents. After calcination at 550oC during 24 hours, the powder was analyzed by XRD and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). From XRD and using Rietveld method were verified that there is only cubic phase with lattice parameter a = 5.1307(1) Å and the space group Fm3m. Due to substitution of the Zr atoms in the Y atoms sites, there were vacancies in 17.72 % of O atoms sites. However, the percentage of substitution of Zr atoms in Y atoms sites in the structure not was determinate because the curves of atomic scattering of them are very similar. Using Scherrer equation and considering anisotropy effect, the average crystalline size was determinate: 10,43 nm (c axis) and 10,39 (b axis). This spherical symmetry also observed for SEM.
Lucio Salgado and Francisco Ambrozio Filho
W. C. Leite et al., "Study of Crystallite Size of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Powders by Rietveld Method", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 660-661, pp. 965-970, 2010