We report on the synthesis, microstructure and thermal expansion studies on Ca0.5+𝑥/2Sr0.5+𝑥/2Zr4P6−2𝑥Si2𝑥O24 (𝑥 = 0.00 to 1.00) system which belongs to NZP family of low thermal expansion ceramics. The ceramics synthesized by co-precipitation method at lower calcination and the sintering temperatures were in pure NZP phase up to 𝑥 = 0.37. For 𝑥 ≥ 0.5, in addition to NZP phase, ZrSiO4 and Ca2P2O7 form as secondary phases after sintering. The bulk thermal expansion behaviour of the members of this system was studied from 30 to 850 °C. The thermal expansion coefficient increases from a negative value to a positive value with the silicon substitution in place of phosphorous and a near zero thermal expansion was observed at 𝑥 = 0.75. The amount of hysteresis between heating and cooling curves increases progressively from 𝑥 = 0.00 to 0.37 and then decreases for 𝑥 ≥ 0.37. The results were analysed on the basis of formation of the silicon based glassy phase and increase in thermal expansion anisotropy with silicon substitution.
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