Reaction-based Processing of Textured Alumina by Templated Grain Growth

Ender Suvaci, Matthew M. Seabaugh, Gary Lynn Messing

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Highly textured, dense alumina ceramics were fabricated by a new processing route which utilizes a mixture of Al metal powder, alumina powder, alumina platelet (template) particles and a liquid phase former. The process involves dry forming the powder mixture (e.g. uniaxial pressing, and roll compaction) to align the plate-like template particles. The addition of a calcium aluminosilicate glass reduces constrained densification by the template particles and allows attainment of high density at ~1450°C. The degree of orientation (i.e. r is 1 for a random sample and 0 for a perfectly textured material) and volume fraction of textured material, f, were measured by X-ray-based rocking curve technique and SEM-based stereological analysis, respectively. It has been shown that texture quality (the r parameter) is controlled by initial strain during forming, sintering time and temperature. In addition, alumina ceramics with the volume fraction of textured material ranging from 1 to ~100% can be obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2465-2474
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number13-14
StatePublished - Oct 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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