The effect of rare earth dopants on grain boundary cohesion in alumina
West, G. D., Perkins, James M. and Lewis, M. H.. (2007) The effect of rare earth dopants on grain boundary cohesion in alumina. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Volume 27 (Number 4). pp. 1913-1918. ISSN 0955-2219Full text not available from this repository.
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The effect of rare earth (RE) grain boundary segregation on mode of fracture in alumina has been investigated. In order to isolate the effects of microstructure (i.e. grain size and residual porosity) from those due to grain boundary chemistry. the fracture behaviour of virtually pore-tree (i.e. nearly transparent) undoped alumina has also been studied. This showed that mode Of fracture becomes increasingly transgranular as grain size is reduced, a trend which has been explained by thermal expansion anisotropy effects.
The addition of RE (i.e. Yb, Gd or La) dopants to alumina resulted ill a Substantial increase in the proportion of inter.-ranular fracture relative to the undoped material of similar,rain size. This call be explained by the significant reduction in the free surface energy that results from RE segregation at grain boundaries, which reduces the work of fracture for intergranular failure. This is expected to lead to a reduction in strength compared to undoped aluminas with equivalent microstructures although this is often more than offset by the improved microstructures that using a RE dopant can provide. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TP Chemical technology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Physics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of the European Ceramic Society|
|Number of Pages:||6|
|Page Range:||pp. 1913-1918|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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