The production of advanced fine-grained alumina by carbon nanotube addition

Inam, Fawad, Peijs, Ton and Reece, Michael (2011) The production of advanced fine-grained alumina by carbon nanotube addition. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 31 (15). pp. 2853-2859. ISSN 0955-2219

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Alumina and alumina + 1 vol.% carbon nanotube (CNT) composites were fully densified by spark plasma sintering. Post-sintering heat treatments (1300–1500 °C) were performed to completely oxidize CNTs and then densify the remaining 1 vol.% to produce fine-grained ceramics. The grain size and Vickers hardness of the heat-treated composites were compared with the monolithic alumina sintered without CNT addition. Compared to the initial powder particle size of alumina (D50: 356 ± 74 nm), minimal grain growth (∼450 nm) was observed for the fully dense heat-treated composites. A 25% improvement in Vickers hardness and >10 times finer average grain size were observed for alumina produced by the heat treatment (1300 °C) of alumina + 1 vol.% CNT composite, compared to alumina sintered without CNTs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SPS/FAST, sintering, grain growth, grain size, alumina, carbon nanotubes, hardness, nanocomposite
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
H300 Mechanical Engineering
J300 Ceramics and Glasses
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Fawad Inam
Date Deposited: 23 May 2013 09:00
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:31

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