Microstructural Evaluation of ZrB2/ZrO2 Ceramic Powders Prepared by Milling-Assisted Magnesiothermic Reduction of Oxide Raw Materials

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Agaogullari D. , Balci O., Ovecoglu M. L. , Duman I.

KONA POWDER AND PARTICLE JOURNAL, no.34, pp.183-196, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.14356/kona.2017002
  • Page Numbers: pp.183-196


This study reports on the synthesis and microstructural evaluation of ZrB2/ZrO2 ceramic powders prepared by milling-assisted magnesiothermic reduction of oxide raw materials. Powder blends containing ZrO2, B2O3 and Mg reactants were milled in different type of mills at different durations and were subsequently annealed in a tube furnace under Ar atmosphere. An additional puriication step (HCl leaching) was conducted on the milled and annealed samples to obtain only Zr-based products. FactSage (TM) thermochemical software was used in order to show a preliminary route for the experiments. The effects of milling duration (up to 100 h), milling type (a SPEX (TM) 8000D Mixer/Mill and a planetary ball mill), excess Mg amount (5-20 wt.%) and annealing duration (6 and 12 h) on the formation and microstructure of the products were examined. The milled, annealed and leached products were characterized using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), stereomicroscope (SM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). Pure ZrB2/ZrO2 ceramic powders having particles in size range of 200 nm-1 mu m and containing two different crystal structures of ZrO2 phase (monoclinic and tetragonal) were obtained after milling in the SPEX (TM) 8000D Mixer/Mill for 30 h, annealing at 1200 degrees C for 12 h and leaching with 5 M HCl.