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STUDY OF THE FERROELASTIC TRANSFORMATION IN ZIRCONIA BY NEUTRON-DIFFRACTION

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Neutron diffraction studies of tetragonal zirconia polycrystals subjected to various applied uniaxial stresses indicate that a ferroelastic crystalline transformation occurs within the bulk of the material. The critical coercive stress is determined to be 1.65+/-0.03 GPa. The results agree well with previous reports concerning the ferroelasticity of tetragonal zirconia, but they are the first direct evidence indicating that the anomalies observed using the first X-ray diffraction studies originate from the bulk of the ceramic and not solely from the surface. The preferred orientation observed in the tetragonal crystallites was measured as a function of applied uniaxial stress and interpreted via a resolved stress criterion. It is believed that the ferroelastic transformation can act as an energy-absorbing mechanism and hence toughen zirconia or ceramics containing dispersed zirconia

Topics: TA, TJ, QC
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:20753
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