Particle Toughening in Partially Stabilized Zirconia Influence of Thermal History

  • R. H. J. Hannink
  • M. V. Swain


The thermomechanical properties of partially stabilized zirconia ceramics may be dramatically influenced by thermal treatments. This review describes how a variety of cooling processes and isothermal ageing treatments may be used to control the microstructure and hence make magnesia-partially stabilized zirconia (Mg-PSZ) one of the strongest and toughest sintered ceramics known. By careful selection of thermal treatment cycles the strength and fracture properties of Mg-PSZ may be tailored so as to make the material suitable for a variety of industrial and engineering applications.


Ageing Time Ageing Treatment Precipitate Size Crack Deflection Critical Stress Intensity Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. H. J. Hannink
    • 1
  • M. V. Swain
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Materials ScienceCSIROMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Advanced Materials LaboratoryCSIROMelbourneAustralia

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