• Saraswati Venkataraman

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    • Tooth—A natural biocomposite

      Saraswati Venkataraman

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      The inorganic content of human tooth is predominantly hydroxyapatite. The content varies in enamel and dentin. A reversible thermal transformation at 157 C is observed and has correspondence in the dielectric measurements. The dental decay is related to the piezoelectric property of tooth, which is similar to a polar glassceramic. The toughness of tooth is higher than hotpressed hydroxyapatite and owes it to the microstructure signifying the importance of a weak, pliable interface. The hardness is graded, higher for enamel in the crown and very much lower for dentin, to suit their function and environment. The relevance of biomimics in designing materials for advanced performance is discussed.

    • Alumina-glassceramic composites

      Saraswati Venkataraman

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      Alumina-glassceramic composites show good densification and uniformly distributed fine-sized particle microstructure owing to the liquid phase of the glassceramic at the sintering temperatures. The flexure strength decreases with increase in the glassceramic content. This is attributed to the dissolution of alumina at the interface resulting in a changed crystalline phase, glass coating around the matrix grains and the difference in thermal expansion. These aspects have been confirmed through expansion coefficient measurements.

    • Impact resistance and fragmentation behaviour of glassceramics

      Saraswati Venkataraman

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      Impact tests were carried out on five glassceramics tiles. The ballistic resistance was evaluated by the depth of penetration of the projectile into the backing. The fragmentation behaviour of the glassceramics showed that the glassceramics compared with with alumina and displayed some advantages over it.

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