High-temperature Creep Resistance in Rare-earth-doped, Fine-grained Al2O3


High-temperature creep in undoped Al2O3 and La2O3- or Y2O3- or Lu2O3-doped Al2O3 with a grain size of about 1 µm is examined in uniaxial compression testing at temperatures between 1150 and 1350 °C. The high-temperature creep resistance in Al2O3 is highly improved by the rare-earth oxide doping in the level of 0.045 mol %, and the creep rate is suppressed in the order La2O3 <Y2O3 <Lu2O3. Rare-earth ions in each doped Al2O3 are found to segregate in Al2O3 grain boundaries without forming amorphous phase or second-phase particles. The activation energy for creep in undoped Al2O3 is estimated to be 410 kJ/mol, while it is about 800 kJ/mol in the three rare-earth oxide-doped Al2O3. The grain boundary diffusivity must be highly reduced by the segregation of the dopant cation in Al2O3 grain boundaries.

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Yoshida, H., Ikuhara, Y. & Sakuma, T. High-temperature Creep Resistance in Rare-earth-doped, Fine-grained Al2O3. Journal of Materials Research 13, 2597–2601 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1557/JMR.1998.0362

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