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CSL grain boundary distribution in alumina and zirconia ceramics

  • Vonlanthen, Pierre Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Grobéty, Bernard Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
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  • Ceramics International. - 2008, vol. 34, no. 6, p. 1459-1472
English The distributions of general and coincidence site lattice (CSL) grain boundaries (GBs) in texture-free alumina and zirconia ceramics sintered at two different temperatures were investigated based on electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) measurements. Results were compared with the distributions obtained from random 2D spatial models and with calculated random distributions reported in the literature. All alumina samples independent on sintering temperature show the same characteristic deviations of the measured general GB distributions from the random model. No such features can be seen in zirconia. The total fractions of CSL GBs in alumina and zirconia samples are clearly larger, for both sintering temperatures, than those observed in the random simulations. A general GB prominence factor, similar to the twin prominence factor for fcc metals, was defined to simplify the representation of the CSL GB content in zirconia. The observed deviations from the random model show no dependence on sintering temperature nor on lattice geometry. In alumina, however, the change in the CSL GB character distribution with sintering temperature seems to be crystallographically controlled, i.e. directly dependent on the orientation of the CSL misorientation axis.
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