Papers by Author: Shui Gen Huang

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Authors: Shui Gen Huang, Omer Van der Biest, Jef Vleugels, Kim Vanmeensel, Lin Li
Abstract: In this study, 2 mol% Y2O3 (2Y), 1 mol% Y2O3+6 mol% CeO2 (1Y6Ce) and 12 mol% CeO2 (12Ce)-doped tetragonal ZrO2 ceramics were made by spark plasma sintering (SPS) for 2 min at 1450°C under a pressure of 60 MPa. The influence of stabilizers on microstructure, phase and mechanical properties of the ZrO2 ceramics was investigated. After sintering, the 2Y and 1Y6Ce were intact, containing full tetragonal ZrO2 phase on the polished cross-sectioned surface, whereas the 12Ce exhibited macro-cracks, corresponding to a large amount of monoclinic ZrO2 phase. Graded microstructure and mechanical properties were observed in the 1Y6Ce, showing a gradually decreased fracture toughness from sample edge towards centre, together with the slight decreased hardness. The 2Y had a uniform microstructure and mechanical properties. The formation of the graded structure and toughness profile was explained in terms of the gradual CeO2 reduction to Ce2O3 in the Y2O3+CeO2 doped ZrO2 ceramics.
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Authors: Shui Gen Huang, Lin Li, Jef Vleugels, Pei Ling Wang, Omer Van der Biest
Abstract: Mixtures of 12 mol% CeO2-stabilised ZrO2 with 5 to 20 wt % Al2O3 were prepared and densified through pressureless sintering in air at 1450° C for 1 to 4 h. The influence of the Al2O3 content and sintering time on the phase constitution, microstructure and mechanical properties of the as-sintered composites were investigated. Fully dense Ce-TZP/Al2O3 ceramics with a good combination of hardness and fracture toughness can be obtained by pressureless sintering in air for only 1 h. The addition of Al2O3 to Ce-TZP improves the mechanical properties and suppresses ZrO2 grain growth. The average ZrO2 grain size increases with increasing sintering time and decreasing Al2O3 content. This leads to an increase in toughness. An excellent fracture toughness of 14.3 MPam1/2 in combination with a Vickers hardness of 9.14 GPa was obtained for 12 mol % CeO2-TZP with 5 wt % Al2O3, sintered for 4 h.
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Authors: Shui Gen Huang, Lin Li, Jef Vleugels, Omer Van der Biest
Abstract: The thermodynamic properties of the Co-V-C and Co-V8C7 systems are of interest for superfine cemented carbide applications. The model parameters for the Gibbs energy of the individual phases have been evaluated using the CALPHAD method by combining the recently optimized phase diagram information of the V-C, Co-C and Co-V system. The isothermal sections of ternary system Co-V-C at 1400 °C and 1600 °C, as well as the vertical section of Co-V8C7 system were extrapolated. The calculated results, especially the liquid forming temperature of Co-V8C7 system was validated with experiments by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis. Through controlling the carbon activity, various vertical sections with different carbon activity in Co-V8C7 system are presented.
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