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Thermoreversible gelcasting: A novel ceramic processing technique

Montgomery, John K. and Drzal, Peter L. and Shull, Kenneth R. and Faber, K. T. (2002) Thermoreversible gelcasting: A novel ceramic processing technique. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 85 (5). pp. 1164-1168. ISSN 0002-7820. doi:10.1111/j.1151-2916.2002.tb00239.x.

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A new ceramic processing method, thermoreversible gelcasting (TRG), has been developed. The method uses a gelation process that can be reversed multiple times. Two Al_2O_3 systems have been explored with the use of a specific triblock copolymer to form a binding gel network. The mixture becomes a free-flowing liquid on heating above 60°C. However, on cooling below 60°C, the slurry instantaneously transforms to a physical gel. This process can be reversed easily (essentially with an infinite processing time window) while the solvent is present in the system, which is advantageous when trying to produce high-quality dense pieces if initial casting irregularities occur. Near-theoretically dense specimens have been produced with properties consistent with reported values of high-density Al_2O_3.

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Additional Information:© 2002 The American Ceramic Society. Manuscript No. 187581. Received July 17, 2001; approved January 9, 2002. Supported by the NSF through DMR-9800257 (JKM and KTF) and DMR-9975468 (PLD and KRS). The authors thank Daniel Harrington for performing the TGA measurements, and Jennifer Su and David Hovis for providing publication suggestions.
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Official Citation:Montgomery, J. K., Drzal, P. L., Shull, K. R. and Faber, K. T. (2002), Thermoreversible Gelcasting: A Novel Ceramic Processing Technique. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 85: 1164–1168. doi: 10.1111/j.1151-2916.2002.tb00239.x
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