Interface Science

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 81–90

Short-Circuit Diffusion in Ceramics

  • J.H. Harding

DOI: 10.1023/A:1021539124206

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Harding, J. Interface Science (2003) 11: 81. doi:10.1023/A:1021539124206


This article discusses grain boundary diffusion in ceramics. It gives a brief review of the experimental data available for ionic oxides and the problems of interpretation associated with it. The fundamental differences between grain boundary diffusion in metals and ceramics are noted. Calculations of the segregation of defects and impurities to grain boundaries are discussed together with methods of calculating diffusion coefficients in these boundaries. New results for alumina and chromia are presented. The problem of defining a grain boundary width is discussed with respect to new calculations on nickel oxide.

grain boundaries ceramics diffusion computer simulation point defects 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • J.H. Harding
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity College LondonLondonU.K

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