Origin of Cracking Phenomena Observed in Decomposition Reactions

  • M. G. Kim
  • U. Dahmen
  • Alan W. Searcy
Part of the Materials Science Research book series (MSR, volume 21)


Thermal decomposition, often referred to as calcination, is one of the important steps in ceramic processing. Decomposition reactions are of particular interest because they produce highly active solids of large surface areas1−3. But the high reactivity of fine powders is often limited by agglomeration and/or aggregation problems2,4. Furthermore large voids developed by cracking during the decomposition reaction can limit the densification of fine powders.


Reaction Interface Reactant Solid Magnesium Hydroxide Transmission Electron Microscopy Specimen Ceramic Processing 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. G. Kim
    • 1
    • 2
  • U. Dahmen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alan W. Searcy
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Materials and Molecular Research Division Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and Mineral EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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