The stability of tetragonal ZrO2 particles in ceramic matrices was considered, with particular reference to Al2O3‐ZrO2 composites and to partially stabilized ZrO2. In both systems, particles above a “critical” size transform martensitically to monoclinic symmetry on cooling to room temperature. The critical factors that could affect the size dependence of the transformation temperature—surface and strain energy effects, the chemical free energy driving force, and the difficulty of nucleating the martensitic transformation—were considered. Nucleation arguments are probably the most important.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of the American Ceramic Society|
|State||Published - Dec 1982|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Materials Chemistry