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Effect of Rapid Solidification on Microstructural Evolution in $MgO-MgAl_2O_4$

Bhatia, Tania and Chattopadhyay, Kamanio and Jayaram, Vikram (2001) Effect of Rapid Solidification on Microstructural Evolution in $MgO-MgAl_2O_4$. In: Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 84 (8). pp. 1873-1880.

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The response of the MgO–20 and 30 mol% $Al_2O_3$ compositions to rapid solidification has been studied. The oxides were twin-roller quenched and the resulting flakes were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results indicate that metastable extensions of spinel and periclase occurred and the microstructural pathway was determined from the final microstructure. The flakes having MgO–20 mol% $Al_2O_3$ show a dendritic structure consisting of periclase and spinel. In the MgO–30 mol% $Al_2O_3$ composition, the liquid transforms to spinel partitionlessly. The spinel is believed to undergo decomposition by a modulation in composition, and the resulting microstructure consists of spinel and periclase. Kinetic and thermodynamic aspects of phase selection have been rationalized based on the metastable extensions of the different phase fields in the phase diagram. It has been proposed that composition fluctuations in spinel are stabilized because of the formation of disordered phases with a continuous range of order parameter on the tetrahedral sublattice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of the American Ceramic Society
Publisher: Blackwell
Additional Information: At present DOI is not working. Copyright of this article belongs to Blackwell.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2008 12:11
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/7590

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