Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 1455–1461 | Cite as

Creep-sintering of polycrystalline ceramic particulate composites

  • R. E. Dutton
  • M. N. Rahaman


The sintering of particulate composites consisting of a polycrystalline zinc oxide matrix with 10 vol % zirconia inclusions of two different sizes (3 and 14 μm) was investigated at a constant heating rate of 4 °C min−1 under an applied stress of ≈ 300 kPa. The presence of the inclusions produced a decrease in both the creep rate and the densification rate but the ratio of the densification to creep rate remained constant during the experiment. The ratio of the densification rate to creep rate for the composites was ≈ 1.5 times greater than that of the unreinforced matrix regardless of inclusion size. The creep viscosity of the composites was higher than that of the unreinforced matrix and increased slightly with decreasing inclusion size.


Viscosity Zinc Zirconia Applied Stress Material Processing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. Dutton
    • 1
  • M. N. Rahaman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ceramic EngineeringUniversity of Missouri-RollaRollaUSA

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