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    • Effect of sillimanite beach sand composition on mullitization and properties of Al2O3–SiO2 system

      H S Tripathi B Mukherjee S K Das A Ghosh G Banerjee

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      Mullite was developed by reaction sintering of sillimanite beach sand and calcined alumina. Two varieties of sillimanite beach sand viz. S and Z having different compositions were selected. Synthesis and properties of mullite were very much dependent on the sillimanite beach sand composition. Presence of higher amount of impurities in the Z-variety of sillimanite sand favours the densification by liquid phase formation. Presence of zircon in Z-variety increases the hardness and fracture toughness. Alumina addition improves the mechanical/thermomechanical properties of the samples. Mullite retains the usual orthorhombic habit of sillimanite. Rounded to sub rounded zirconia dispersed within the mullite matrix of the sample ZA is noticed.

    • Microstructure and properties of sintered mullite developed from Indian bauxite

      H S Tripathi A Ghosh M K Halder B Mukherjee H S Maiti

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      Dense mullite aggregates with 72% Al2O3 have been synthesized by reaction sintering of two varieties of Indian bauxite and silica sol. The bauxites used are of inferior grade with different levels of accessory impurities such as Fe2O3, TiO2, CaO. The phase and microstructure development of sintered samples were investigated by XRD and SEM. It was found that morphology of the sintered grain is very much dependent on the impurity level. Mullite formed from bauxite-1 with low impurity is mostly equiaxed, whereas mullite developed from bauxite 2 with higher impurity particularly CaO is needle shaped. Presence of CaO in bauxite was found to be more detrimental than TiO2 and Fe2O3.

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