Lin C.,Fuzhou University |
Wang B.,Fuzhou University |
Wang B.,Jirui Ceramics Technology Co. |
Cheng Y.,Jirui Ceramics Technology Co. |
Wang C.,Jirui Ceramics Technology Co.
Materials Science- Poland | Year: 2013
The zirconia-toughened-alumina (ZTA) composite powder was exposed to a prior ball milling treatment with a small amount of stearic acid (SA) before the traditional blending process. The effect of different amounts of stearic acid on surface properties of the powder, the particle size distribution of the powder, and the rheological properties of the suspension were systematically studied within the design of experiments. Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis was used to prove the chemical interaction between the stearic acid and the ZTA powder. The effects of SA content on the particle sizes and their distribution were carefully examined. Rheological properties such as viscosity, yield stress, and power law exponent of the suspensions were determined within a temperature range of 140-170 C. The optimal content of SA to improve the properties of the suspensions was found to be 3 wt.%. © 2013 Versita Warsaw and Springer-Verlag Wien.