Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 12, pp 4707–4711 | Cite as

Nickel and zirconia toughened alumina prepared by hydrothermal processing

  • Husheng Jia
  • Xin Liu
  • Tianbao Li
  • Hong Yan
  • Xuguang Liu
  • Bingshe XuEmail author

Ceramics are attractive candidates for structural systems due to their strength at high temperatures. However, the major limitation to their application is their low fracture toughness. A major research objective for ceramic communities has, therefore, been to improve the fracture toughness of ceramics. The past two decades have seen the emergence of a number of studies concerned with toughening [1, 2, 3]. There are two types of mechanisms to improve the resistance to crack propagation, that is, by increasing the inherent toughness (energy dissipation) of the material and reducing the local crack-tip driving force [4], such as residual stress effects, phase transition toughening, crack deflection, nano-composites toughing, and bridging by ductile particles, fibers, and whiskers [5]. The addition of a dispersed second-phase inclusion, which limits the propagation of cracks is one of the most commonly used approaches. With the addition of either zirconia particles [6] or silicon carbide...


Fracture Toughness Boehmite Zirconia Particle ZrO2 Particle Zirconium Hydroxide 



This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Shanxi Province (20050016).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Husheng Jia
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xin Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tianbao Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hong Yan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xuguang Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bingshe Xu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Ministry of EducationTaiyuan University of TechnologyTaiyuanChina
  2. 2.College of Materials Science and EngineeringTaiyuan University of TechnologyTaiyuanChina

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