Tough Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Ceramic by Low-Temperature Spark Plasma Sintering of Long-Term Stored Nanopowders
Weakly agglomerated 1.75 and 3 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia nanopowders were used in this study after six years of storage in vacuum-processed plastic containers. The proper storage conditions of the Y-TZP nanopowders avoided the hard agglomeration. Untreated and bead-milled nanopowders were used to obtain dense ceramics by slip casting and subsequent low-temperature sintering. Fully dense nanostructured 1.75Y-TZP and 3Y-YZP ceramics with and without doping of 1 wt% Al2O3 were produced by an optimized spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique at the temperatures of 1050–1150 °C at a pressure of 100 MPa. The SPS has revealed the clear advantage of consolidation of the weakly agglomerated nanopowders without preliminary deagglomeration. The Vickers hardness of both the low-temperature and spark plasma sintered samples was found to lie in the range of 10.98–13.71 GPa. A maximum fracture toughness of 15.7 MPa·m1/2 (average 14.23 MPa·m1/2) was achieved by SPS of the 1.75Y-TZP ceramic doped with 1 wt% Al2O3 whereas the toughness of the 3Y-TZP ceramics with and without alumina doping was found to vary between 3.55 and 5.5 MPa·m1/2.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-09-01
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