Title: Relationship between microstructure and fracture toughness in B2O3-doped 8YSZ ceramics

Authors: Bülent Aktaş

Addresses: Mechanical Engineering Department, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey

Abstract: This study aims to increase the fracture toughness of 8 mol.% yttria-stabilised cubic zirconia (8YSZ) at room temperature owing to the addition of boron oxide (B2O3). Therefore, in this study, the effect of B2O3 addition on sinterability and mechanical properties of 8YSZ was investigated using Micro-Vickers hardness tester and scanning electron microscope (SEM). B2O3-doped 8YSZ samples were sintered at different temperatures (1,300-1,500°C). A relative density of approximately 99% was obtained at 1,500°C in the B2O3-doped samples. While the B2O3 addition at 1 wt.% content caused a decrease in the grain size of the 8YSZ, and then when the content was > 1 wt.%, it increased. Furthermore, the mechanical properties results showed that fracture toughness of 8YSZ increased with B2O3 addition, and the hardness decreased with B2O3 addition. Thus, it was found that the fracture toughness of 8YSZ could be improved by B2O3 addition. [Received: 6 December 2019; Accepted: 11 May 2020]

Keywords: 8 mol.% yttria-stabilised cubic zirconia; 8YSZ; boron oxide; B2O3; liquid phase sintering; fracture toughness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMMP.2020.115199

International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties, 2020 Vol.15 No.4, pp.287 - 297

Received: 06 Dec 2019
Accepted: 11 May 2020

Published online: 24 May 2021 *

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