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Title: Using phase diagrams to deal with moisture expansion
Author: Segadães, Ana M.
Carvalho, M. Arlete
Ferreira, Heber C.
Keywords: Lifetime (Moisture expansion)
Traditional ceramics
Structural applications
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Consensus has it that the post-fabrication moisture expansion of fired clay-based materials is governed by the presence of amorphous and/or vitreous phases. In this work, very simple calculations using the lever rule and the phase diagram of the Al2O3-SiO2-K2O (A-S-K) system, were used to show that the experimentally observed dependencies between moisture expansion and the A/S and K/A weight ratios in clay-based compositions can be correlated with the amount of liquid phase formed during the initial melting of the composition, which remains in the fired body as a vitreous phase. This correlation might, if judiciously used, help ceramists in the choice of additives and/or processing conditions, while avoiding changes in the firing temperatures. Also, the results obtained throw a sharper light in the dual and, in this respect, antagonistic role played by the liquid phase during firing. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd and Techna S.r.l. All rights reserved.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10773/5340
DOI: 10.1016/S0272-8842(03)00051-8
ISSN: 0272-8842
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