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Research Article | Open Access

Normalized evaluation of thermal shock resistance for ceramic materials

Kai LIa,bDalei WANGaHan CHENaLucun GUOa( )
College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009, China
Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China
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A normalized method for evaluation of thermal shock resistance for ceramic materials was proposed. A thermal shock resistance index (TSRI), Г, in the range of 1 to 100, was introduced, based on a normalized formula obtained directly by a simple testing process of determining the changes in flexural strength before and after thermal shock cycles. Alumina ceramic was chosen as the model material and its thermal shock behavior was investigated systematically by water quenching. Based on the experiments on alumina ceramic, the thermal shock behaviors of other 19 types of ceramic materials ranging from porcelain, refractory ceramics to advanced ceramics including structural and functional ceramics were also evaluated, and their TSRIs, Г, were derived. The dependence of Г on the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the materials was plotted, and it revealed that CTE is the most critical factor in affecting the thermal shock resistance for various ceramic materials. The effect of other factors such as porosity and fracture toughness on the index was also discussed.


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Journal of Advanced Ceramics
Pages 250-258
Cite this article:
LI K, WANG D, CHEN H, et al. Normalized evaluation of thermal shock resistance for ceramic materials. Journal of Advanced Ceramics, 2014, 3(3): 250-258.








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Received: 21 April 2014
Revised: 19 July 2014
Accepted: 22 July 2014
Published: 02 September 2014
© The author(s) 2014

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