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    • Microstructural and densification study of natural Indian magnesite in presence of zirconia additive

      Kaberi Das Saswata Mukherjee P K Maiti P G Pal

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      The sintering and microstructural evaluation of Indian magnesite was carried out in presence of zirconia. Zirconia in monoclinic form was added in the range 3–6 wt% with respect to raw magnesite and the sintering temperature selected were 1500–1600°C for 2 h. The main impurities present in the magnesite were Fe2O3, CaO, SiO2. The natural crystalline magnesite could be sintered with bulk density of 3.38 g/cc (A.P. 1.54%) at 1550°C/2 h. But the higher bulk density (3.50 g/cc) and minimum apparent porosity (A.P. 0.25%) was attained at 1550°C/2 h with the 3 wt% zirconia additive. On firing magnesite with zirconia as additive, a crystalline phase, magnesio-zirconate, was identified at the triple point regions of the direct bonded periclase grains. The morphology of the periclase grains were changed from subrounded/rounded to angular shaped in presence of zirconia as additive.

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