Fracture behaviour of refractory ceramics after cyclic thermal shock

Autores: Chlup, Z.|Boccaccini, D.N.|Leonelli, C.|Romagnoli, M.|Boccaccini, A.R.
Fuente: Ceram. silik.
50 (4), 245-250

Two commercially available refractory ceramic materials primary used as substrates for fast firing of porcelain stoneware were investigated. The first one, commercially known as CONC, contains cordierite and mullite in the ratio 50:50. The REFO refractory composite material with coarser microstructure compared to CONC has a cordierite-to-mullite ratio of 50:45 and the balance is filled by quartz. Both materials were exposed to water-quench tests from 1250 degrees C, applying various numbers of thermal cycles (shocks). Subsequently the fracture toughness was evaluated on both as-received and shocked samples using the Chevron notched specimen technique. The results were analysed with respect to the microstructure damage caused by the thermal loading. Scanning electron microscopy was used to analyse both microstructure and fracture surfaces in samples with different thermal loading history.

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