Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science
Volume 34 Issue 7 December 2011 pp 1663-1670
Quartz is widely replaced by fly ash in traditional porcelain composite. Increased strength and stability of the fly ash-mixed composite depends on the quantity and crystallinity of the mullite phase in the fly ash. Our aim in this investigation is to increase the formation of mullite in nanocrystalline form and study the effect of temperature. Quantitative estimation of mullite and residual quartz content were done by Xray diffraction (XRD) and nanostructure and crystallization were studied using differential thermal analysis (DTA), field effect scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), XRD and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The results show that fly ash sieved through 250 holes/cm2 mesh contain more mullite initially and growth of mullite as well as glass formation was faster in this sample compared to coarse fly ash. The maximum mullite in these samples was formed at 1600°C. Transformation of quartz and cristobalite phases into glassy phase was also faster for smaller particle sizes of fly ash.
Volume 36 Issue 7 December 2013 pp 1225-1230
Electrical properties of ceramic materials has become an area of increasing interest in research because these materials possess a great potential for solid-state devices. Conducting polymer composites have attracted considerable interest in recent years because of their numerous applications in a variety of electric and electronic devices. It has been observed that these materials possess a very high relative dielectric constant and high electrical properties at room temperature. Such a high dielectric constant is one of the important parameters in capacitor fabrication and a high electrical conductivity can be used for ionic batteries and electrochemical sensors.
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