Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 1662–1665 | Cite as

The size effect of the martensitic transformation in ZrO2-containing ceramics

  • Jinbiao Tu
  • Bohong Jiang
  • T. Y. Hsu
  • Jiaxiang Zhong


The relationship between the starting temperature of the martensitic transformation, Ms, and the grain size of the parent phase, d, in ZrO2-containing ceramics was investigated. The experimental results showed that in tetragonal zirconia polycrystals doped with CeO2 (8 mol%) and Y2O3 (0.25 mol%) (8Ce, 0.25Y-TZP), the Ms temperature displays a linear relationship with d−1/2, its slope being negative. A new explanation for this phenomenon, the so-called the size effect, has been presented, in which the grain size of the parent phase affects the Ms temperature through the strength of the parent phase. Thermodynamic calculation of the relationship between Ms and d gives a result consistent with the experimental ones.


Polymer Grain Size Zirconia Linear Relationship CeO2 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinbiao Tu
    • 1
  • Bohong Jiang
    • 1
  • T. Y. Hsu
    • 1
  • Jiaxiang Zhong
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Materials ScienceShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringBeijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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