Quantitative Phases Determination of Zirconia Ceramics via Rietveld Method
Industrial applications of partially stabilized zirconia (PSZ) has increased substantially recently, considering its excellent thermal stability, strength and ionic conductibility. Its main application includes oxygen sensors and fuel cells. In this work zirconia ceramic powder is produced by Pechini process, mixing citric acid and ethylene glycol, adding yttrium and zirconium precursors. All the process was carried out with complete agitation. The obtained powder after this procedure is heat treated at 650°C during two hours. Characterization was performed by infra-red spectroscopy, x-ray diffractometry and quantitative analysis by Rietveld Method. The results show tetragonal and monoclinic phases, with nanometric crystallite.
Lucio Salgado and Francisco Ambrozio Filho
R.A. Muñoz et al., "Quantitative Phases Determination of Zirconia Ceramics via Rietveld Method", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 660-661, pp. 989-994, 2010