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Textures and Microstructures
Volume 24, Issue 1-3, Pages 53-65

Texture Formed by Platelet Alignment in Ceramic Platelet Ceramic Matrix Composites

Materials Department, Risø National Laboratory, Roskilde DK-4000, Denmark

Received 12 August 1994

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3 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia matrix has been incorporated with 10 wt% single crystal α-alumina platelets to enhance the mechanical reliability. The composites have been produced by different forming techniques, namely, slip casting, tape casting, and injection moulding followed by pressureless sintering. Relative density 99% has been obtained. Alignment of the platelets in the material was analyzed by processing the images taken from scanning electron microscopy. Strong texture was formed by the alignment of platelet. Mechanical properties of the composites were evaluated, and co-related to the alignment of the platelets.