Sample records for zirconate titanate ceramic

  1. Extrusion and properties of lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramics

    Cai, S.; Millar, C.E.; Pedersen, L.


    The purpose of this work was to develop a procedure for fabricating electroceramic actuators with good piezoelectric properties. The preparation of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric ceramic rods and tubes by extrusion processing is described. The microstructure of extrudates was investi......The purpose of this work was to develop a procedure for fabricating electroceramic actuators with good piezoelectric properties. The preparation of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric ceramic rods and tubes by extrusion processing is described. The microstructure of extrudates...

  2. Characterization and microstructure of porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics

    B Praveenkumar; H H Kumar; D K Kharat


    Porous lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics are widely used because of their low acoustic impedance, high figure of merit and high hydrostatic sensitivity. In the present work, porous PZT ceramics were fabricated by incorporating polyethylene oxide (PEO) as pore-forming agent. Both PZT powder and PEO were mixed with a binder at different ratios and compaction was carried out. The samples were slowly heated to remove the pore-forming agent and binder without cracks, followed by controlled sintering and electrode forming. Samples were poled using corona poling technique. The ferroelectric properties and microstructure of the prepared ceramics were characterized. The correlation of porosity with microstructure and ferroelectric properties were discussed.

  3. Water-Induced Degradation in Lead Zinc Niobate-Lead Zirconate Titanate Soft Piezoelectric Ceramics

    JIANG Xiang-Ping; CHEN Wan-Ping; PENG Zhi; ZENG Min; CHANWANG Li-Hua; YIN Qing-Rui


    @@ Water-induced degradation of lead zinc niobate-lead zirconate titanate (Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-Pb(ZrTi)O3) soft piezoelectric ceramics is studied using electrochemical hydrogen charging, in which the silver electrodes of the piezoelectric ceramics constitute a cathode in 0.01-M NaOH solution to evolve hydrogen by electrolysis of water.It is found that with the increasing hydrogen charging time, the resonance impedance increases, the difference between the resonance frequency and the anti-resonance frequency decreases, the spontaneous polarization, the remanent polarization and the piezoelectric coefficient d33 decrease. The degradation behaviour of the soft piezoelectric ceramics can be explained to hydrogen incorporating into the lattice and forming hydroxy (OH-)bonds in the perovskite structure, which prevents the Ti ions from switching and increases the coercive field Ec.The degradation characteristics of the soft piezoelectric ceramics are quite different from that of lead zirconate titanate hard piezoelectric ceramics.

  4. Contribution of the irreversible displacement of domain walls to the piezoelectric effect in barium titanate and lead zirconate titanate ceramics

    Damjanovic, D


    The contribution from the irreversible displacement of non-180 deg domain walls to the direct longitudinal piezoelectric d sub 3 sub 3 coefficient of BaTiO sub 3 and Pb(Zr, Ti)O sub 3 ceramics was determined quantitatively by using the Rayleigh law. Effects of the crystal structure and microstructure of the ceramics as well as the external d.c. pressure on the domain wall contribution to d sub 3 sub 3 were examined. In barium titanate, this domain wall contribution is large (up to 35% of the total d sub 3 sub 3 , under the experimental conditions used) and dependent on the external d.c. pressure in coarse grained ceramics, and much smaller and independent of the external d.c. pressure in fine-grained samples. The presence of internal stresses in fine-grained ceramics could account for the observed behaviour. The analysis shows that the domain-wall contribution to the d sub 3 sub 3 in lead zirconate titanate ceramics is large in compositions close to the morphotropic phase boundary that contain a mixture of te...

  5. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of neodymium oxide doped lead zirconate titanate ceramics

    Janardan Singh; N C Soni; S L Srivastava


    The dielectric and electromechanical properties of lead zirconate titanate [Pb(Zr, Ti)O3] ceramic added with neodymium oxide have been systematically studied employing the vector impedance spectroscopic (VIS) technique. The specimens were prepared using the mixed oxide route by adding different mol% of Nd2O3 (0.1 to 7 mol%) in [Pb(Zr, Ti)O3] near morphotropic phase boundary. Piezoelectric equivalent circuit parameters , , $C_a$ in series and $C_b$ in parallel have been determined by simulating /Z/ and plots. Electromechanical coupling coefficients and strain constants for the radial modes show a peak at about 3 mol%, the dielectric constant peaks at about 1 mol% and voltage constants peak at about 0.75 mol% of Nd2O3.

  6. A Piezoelectric Plethysmograph Sensor Based on a Pt Wire Implanted Lead Lanthanum Zirconate Titanate Bulk Ceramic

    Ernesto Suaste-Gómez


    Full Text Available This work reports on the development of a Lead Lanthanum Zirconate Titanate (PLZT bulk ferroelectric poled ceramic structure as a Piezoelectric Plethysmograph (PZPG sensor. The ceramic was implanted during its fabrication with a platinum (Pt wire which works as an internal electrode. The ceramic was then submitted to an experimental setup in order to validate and determine the Pt-wire mechanical effects. This PZPG sensor was also mounted on a finger splint in order to measure the blood flow that results from the pulsations of blood occurring with each heartbeat. Fingertip pulses were recorded jointly with an ECG signal from a 25 year old male to compare the time shift; the PZPG sensor guarantees the electrical isolation of the patient. The proposed PZPG has several advantages: it can be adjusted for fingertip measurements, but it can easily be extended by means of spare bands, therefore making possible PZPG measurements from different body locations, e.g., forehead, forearm, knee, neck, etc.

  7. Elastic, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties of ceramic lead zirconate titanate/α-Al2O3 composites

    Rybyanets, A. N.; Konstantinov, G. M.; Naumenko, A. A.; Shvetsova, N. A.; Makar'ev, D. I.; Lugovaya, M. A.


    The technology of producing ceramic lead zirconate titanate/α-Al2O3 composites has been developed. Elements of piezoactive composites containing from 0 to 60 vol % α-Al2O3 have been prepared. The elastic, dielectric, and piezoelectric parameters of the synthesized ceramic composites have been measured, and their microstructure has been studied. It has been found that the concentration dependences of the elastic and piezoelectric properties exhibit anomalies. The obtained data have been interpreted based on the percolation theory and the concept of microstructural constructing polycrystalline composition materials.

  8. Effect of temperature on polarization reversal of strontium-doped lead zirconate titanate (PSZT) ceramics

    N Nwathore; C M Lonkar; D K Kharat


    The effect of temperature on polarization reversal of strontium-doped lead zirconate titanate ceramics was studied. The piezoelectric properties viz. dielectric constant and piezoelectric coupling coefficient, were used for polarization reversal characteristic. These properties and apparent coercive field weremeasured during polarization reversal at different temperatures. Results indicated that at higher temperature apparent coercive field decreased. Polarization reversal and further polarization reversal was quite asymmetric. After polarization reversal, dielectric constant was found to increase at all temperatures while piezoelectric coupling coefficient increased above the temperature of polarization. The trend shown by dielectric constant indicates that at 25°C, 1.5 kV/mm field can be applied safely to this material without much compromising the properties. D.c. field of 3.0 kV/mm and 100°C temperature can be predicted as poling parameters from their effect on kp. Apparent coercive field has shown non-linear relationship with temperature. It was of exponential decay type.

  9. Crystal structure and electrical properties of bismuth sodium titanate zirconate ceramics.

    Rachakom, Ampika; Jaiban, Panupong; Jiansirisomboon, Sukanda; Watcharapasorn, Anucha


    Lead-free bismuth sodium titanate zirconate (Bi0.5Na0.5Ti1-xZrxO3 where x = 0.20, 0.35, 0.40, 0.45, 0.60, and 0.80 mole fraction) [BNTZ] ceramics were successfully prepared using the conventional mixed-oxide method. The samples were sintered for 2 h at temperatures lower than 1,000°C. The density of the BNTZ samples was at least 95% of the theoretical values. The scanning electron microscopy micrographs showed that small grains were embedded between large grains, causing a relatively wide grain size distribution. The density and grain size increased with increasing Zr concentration. A peak shift in X-ray diffraction patterns as well as the disappearance of several hkl reflections indicated some significant crystal-structure changes in these materials. Preliminary crystal-structure analysis indicated the existence of phase transition from a rhombohedral to an orthorhombic structure. The dielectric and ferroelectric properties were also found to correlate well with the observed phase transition.

  10. Deformation behavior of lead zirconate titanate ceramics under uniaxial compression measured by the digital image correlation method

    Chen, Di; Carter, Emma; Kamlah, Marc


    The deformation behavior of lead zirconate titanate bulk ceramic specimen under uniaxial compression was monitored by the digital image correlation method and the homogeneity of the deformation was discussed. Combined with using a Sawyer-Tower circuit, the depolarization curve was also obtained. Because of the friction at both the top and bottom surfaces of the lead zirconate titanate ceramic specimen, the distribution of deformation under large uniaxial compressive stresses usually shows a barrel shape. By focusing on correspondingly selected regions of interest and calculating the values of strain components there, the barreling behavior was proved. This barreling behavior is due to elastic strains, in the first place, while the remnant strains are less affected by this phenomenon. All these findings are the experimental justifications for the selection of an aspect ratio of 3:1 for our specimens, where only the central cubic region of a specimen represents the desired purely uniaxial stress state. Only from this region, true uniaxial stress-strain results can be obtained to develop constitutive models.

  11. In situ neutron diffraction studies of a commercial, soft lead zirconate titanate ceramic: response to electric fields and mechanical stress

    Pramanick, Abhijit; Prewitt, Anderson D.; Cottrell, Michelle A.; Lee, Wayne; Studer, Andrew J.; An, Ke; Hubbard, Camden R.; Jones, Jacob L.


    Structural changes in commercial lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics (EC-65) under the application of electric fields and mechanical stress were measured using neutron diffraction instruments at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The structural changes during electric-field application were measured on the WOMBAT beamline at ANSTO and include non-180° domain switching, lattice strains and field-induced phase transformations. Using time-resolved data acquisition capabilities, lattice strains were measured under cyclic electric fields at times as short as 30 μs. Structural changes including the (002) and (200) lattice strains and non-180° domain switching were measured during uniaxial mechanical compression on the NRSF2 instrument at ORNL. Contraction of the crystallographic polarization axis, (002), and reorientation of non-180° domains occur at lowest stresses, followed by (200) elastic strains at higher stresses.

  12. Giant actuation strain nearly 0.6% in a periodically orthogonal poled lead titanate zirconate ceramic via reversible domain switching

    Li, Faxin; Wang, Qiangzhong; Miao, Hongchen


    The widely used ferroelectric ceramics based actuators always suffer from small output strains (typically ˜0.1%-0.15%). Non-180° domain switching can generate a large strain in ferroelectrics but it is usually irreversible. In this work, we tailored the domain structures in a soft lead titanate zirconate (PZT) ceramic by periodical orthogonal poling. The non-180° switching in this domain-engineered PZT ceramics turns to be reversible, resulting in a local giant actuation strain of nearly 0.6% under a field of 2 kV/mm at 0.1 Hz. The large interfacial stresses between regions with different poling directions during electric loading/unloading were thought to be responsible for the reversible non-180° domain switching. The switching strain drops quickly with the increasing frequency, and stabilized at about 0.2% at or above 1.0 Hz. The large actuation strain remains quite stable after 104 cycles of loading, which is very promising for low-frequency, large-strain actuators.

  13. Dynamic pyroelectric response of composite based on ferroelectric copolymer of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) and ferroelectric ceramics of barium lead zirconate titanate

    Solnyshkin, A.V. [Tver State University, Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Tver (Russian Federation); National Research University ' ' MIET' ' , Department of Intellectual Technical Systems, Zelenograd, Moscow (Russian Federation); Morsakov, I.M.; Bogomolov, A.A. [Tver State University, Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Tver (Russian Federation); Belov, A.N.; Vorobiev, M.I.; Shevyakov, V.I.; Silibin, M.V. [National Research University ' ' MIET' ' , Department of Intellectual Technical Systems, Zelenograd, Moscow (Russian Federation); Shvartsman, V.V. [University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Materials Science, Essen (Germany)


    In this work, pyroelectric properties of composite films on the basis of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) copolymer with a various level of ferroelectric ceramics inclusions of barium lead zirconate titanate solid solution were investigated by the dynamic method. The composite films were prepared by the solvent cast method. The unusual spike-like dynamic response with a quasi-stationary component was observed. It is supposed that composite films may be effectively used for pyroelectric applications. (orig.)

  14. Optical amplification in disordered electrooptic Tm3+ and Ho3+ codoped lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics and study of spectroscopy and communication between cations

    Zhao, Hua; Zhang, Kun; Xu, Long; Sun, Fankui; Chen, Xuesheng; Li, Kewen K.; Zhang, Jingwen


    Rare earth doped electro-optic (EO) ceramics of lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) are promising in building multifunctional optical devices, by taking advantage of both EO effect and optical activity. In this work, the combination of the measured spectra of absorption and photoluminescence, the fluorescent decay, the calculated Judd-Ofelt parameters, and measured single pass gain in Tm3+, Ho3+ codoped PLZT ceramics have marked them out as promising gain media in building electrically controllable lasers/optical amplifiers and other multifunctional devices. Optical energy storage was also observed in the optical amplification dynamics.

  15. Effect of Fe and Fe-Ba substitution on the piezoelectric and dielectric properties of lead zirconate titanate ceramics

    Sangawar, S.R., E-mail: [PZT Centre, Armament Research and Development Establishment, Pune 411021 (India); Praveenkumar, B.; Kumar, H.H.; Kharat, D.K. [PZT Centre, Armament Research and Development Establishment, Pune 411021 (India)


    Polycrystalline samples of Fe and Fe-Ba doped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics near the morphotrophic phase boundary have been synthesized by a solid-state reaction technique. Preliminary X-ray analysis of the compound confirms that there is no change in the crystal structure of PZT on co-doping with Fe and Ba. The maximum mechanical quality factor Q{sub m} was found to be 1000 for Fe doped material and 880 for Fe-Ba doped material. The electromechanical coupling factor for Fe and Fe-Ba doped samples were 0.535 and 0.495 respectively. The corresponding values for the piezoelectric charge constant d{sub 33} were 135 and 250 pC/N respectively. These results are discussed in terms of position occupied by dopants in to the lattice and their corresponding microstructures. These Fe-Ba doped PZT materials could be likely candidates for high power ultrasonic and underwater SONAR transducer systems.

  16. Preparation and characterization of lead zirconate titanate ceramic fibers with alkoxide-based sol-gel route

    Mai Manfang; Lin Cheng; Xiong Zhaoxian; Xue Hao; Chen Lifu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China)], E-mail:


    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) fibers with diameters from 10{mu}m to 40{mu}m were prepared via a sol-gel route. Several kinds of chemicals were used, including lead acetate trihydrate, zirconium n-butoxide and titanium n-butoxide, in addition to butanol as a solvent. As a water source for hydrolysis reaction, Pb(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}{center_dot}3H{sub 2}O was directly used without further adding of water or catalyst conventionally. Acetylacetonate and acetate were added as stabilization agents to obtain stable sols for fiber drawing. The gel-to-ceramic conversion was characterized with thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. A pure perovskite phase was obtained after heat treatment at 650 deg. C for 1h. By using scanning electron microscope (SEM), it was observed that a lower rate of heat treatment resulted in a denser microstructure of the fibers. The relative permittivity and the P-E hysteresis loop of the crystalline PZT fibers were also measured and discussed in the paper.

  17. Preparation and characterization of lead zirconate titanate ceramic fibers with alkoxide-based sol-gel route

    Mai, Manfang; Lin, Cheng; Xiong, Zhaoxian; Xue, Hao; Chen, Lifu


    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) fibers with diameters from 10μm to 40μm were prepared via a sol-gel route. Several kinds of chemicals were used, including lead acetate trihydrate, zirconium n-butoxide and titanium n-butoxide, in addition to butanol as a solvent. As a water source for hydrolysis reaction, Pb(CH3COO)2·3H2O was directly used without further adding of water or catalyst conventionally. Acetylacetonate and acetate were added as stabilization agents to obtain stable sols for fiber drawing. The gel-to-ceramic conversion was characterized with thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. A pure perovskite phase was obtained after heat treatment at 650°C for 1h. By using scanning electron microscope (SEM), it was observed that a lower rate of heat treatment resulted in a denser microstructure of the fibers. The relative permittivity and the P-E hysteresis loop of the crystalline PZT fibers were also measured and discussed in the paper.

  18. Fabrication and characterization of thick-film piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate ceramic resonators by tape-casting.

    Qin, Lifeng; Sun, Yingying; Wang, Qing-Ming; Zhong, Youliang; Ou, Ming; Jiang, Zhishui; Tian, Wei


    In this paper, thick-film piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic resonators with thicknesses down to tens of micrometers have been fabricated by tape-casting processing. PZT ceramic resonators with composition near the morphotropic phase boundary and with different dopants added were prepared for piezoelectric transducer applications. Material property characterization for these thick-film PZT resonators is essential for device design and applications. For the property characterization, a recently developed normalized electrical impedance spectrum method was used to determine the electromechanical coefficient and the complex piezoelectric, elastic, and dielectric coefficients from the electrical measurement of resonators using thick films. In this work, nine PZT thick-film resonators have been fabricated and characterized, and two different types of resonators, namely thickness longitudinal and transverse modes, were used for material property characterization. The results were compared with those determined by the IEEE standard method, and they agreed well. It was found that depending on the PZT formulation and dopants, the relative permittivities ε(T)(33)/ε(0) measured at 2 kHz for these thick-films are in the range of 1527 to 4829, piezoelectric stress constants (e(33) in the range of 15 to 26 C/m(2), piezoelectric strain constants (d(31)) in the range of -169 × 10(-12) C/N to -314 × 10(-12) C/N, electromechanical coupling coefficients (k(t)) in the range of 0.48 to 0.53, and k(31) in the range of 0.35 to 0.38. The characterization results shows tape-casting processing can be used to fabricate high-quality PZT thick-film resonators, and the extracted material constants can be used to for device design and application.

  19. Electric properties and phase transition behavior in lead lanthanum zirconate stannate titanate ceramics with low zirconate content

    曾涛; 漏琦伟; 陈学锋; 张红玲; 董显林; 王根水


    The phase transitions, dielectric properties, and polarization versus electric field (P–E ) hysteresis loops of Pb0.97La0.02(Zr0.42Sn0.58−xTix)O3 (0.13≤x≤0.18) (PLZST) bulk ceramics were systematically investigated. This study exhibited a sequence of phase transitions by analyzing the change of the P–E hysteresis loops with increasing temperature. The antiferroelectric (AFE) to ferroelectric (FE) phase boundary of PLZST with the Zr content of 0.42 was found to locate at the Ti content between 0.14 and 0.15. This work is aimed to improve the ternary phase diagram of lanthanum-doped PZST with the Zr content of 0.42 and will be a good reference for seeking high energy storage density in the PLZST system with low-Zr content.

  20. Photovoltaic and photostrictive effects in lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics

    Poosanaas, Patcharin

    Photostriction is the light induced strain in a material, arising from the combination of photovoltaic and converse-piezoelectric effects. The possibility of directly producing strain by light illumination, without any electrical lead wire connection, makes the photostrictive materials very attractive for potential usage in future generation wireless remote controlled micro-actuator and micro-sensor. However, for the fabrication of these devices, materials exhibiting higher photovoltaic effect and higher response speed must be developed. This research was aimed towards investigating the mechanism of photovoltaic effect, developing photostrictive materials with enhanced performance, and exploring the limits of the photostriction. A new model based on the optical nonlinearity in ferroelectrics having noncentric symmetry has been proposed to explain the mechanism of photovoltaic effect. This model provides a better understanding of photostrictive phenomenon and agrees well with the experimental measurements carried out on PLZT ceramics. Among the various processing routes attempted, coprecipitation route was found to be most suitable for the fabrication of PLZT ceramics. High purity homogeneous powders with stoichiometric compositions obtained from this method yielded compacts with high density, fine grain size and uniformly distributed dopants. These desirable properties resulted in enhancement of photostrictive response. Photovoltaic and photoinduced strain were found to increase with decreasing grain size and increasing relative density. The composition, especially near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of PLZT ceramics, was optimized for photovoltaic characteristics. The maximum photocurrent was observed in tetragonal phase 4/48/52 PLZT, while the maximum photovoltage was observed in 5/54/46 PLZT, which is around the MPB of the PLZT phase diagram. The photostriction was found to be strongly influenced by the surface characteristics (namely, sample thickness

  1. Large Electrocaloric Effect in Relaxor Ferroelectric and Antiferroelectric Lanthanum Doped Lead Zirconate Titanate Ceramics

    Lu, Biao; Li, Peilian; Tang, Zhenhua; Yao, Yingbang; Gao, Xingsen; Kleemann, Wolfgang; Lu, Sheng-Guo


    Both relaxor ferroelectric and antiferroelectric materials can individually demonstrate large electrocaloric effects (ECE). However, in order to further enhance the ECE it is crucial to find a material system, which can exhibit simultaneously both relaxor ferroelectric and antiferroelectric properties, or easily convert from one into another in terms of the compositional tailoring. Here we report on a system, in which the structure can readily change from antiferroelectric into relaxor ferroelectric and vice versa. To this end relaxor ferroelectric Pb0.89La0.11(Zr0.7Ti0.3)0.9725O3 and antiferroelectric Pb0.93La0.07(Zr0.82Ti0.18)0.9825O3 ceramics were designed near the antiferroelectric-ferroelectric phase boundary line in the La2O3-PbZrO3-PbTiO3 phase diagram. Conventional solid state reaction processing was used to prepare the two compositions. The ECE properties were deduced from Maxwell relations and Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire (LGD) phenomenological theory, respectively, and also directly controlled by a computer and measured by thermometry. Large electrocaloric efficiencies were obtained and comparable with the results calculated via the phenomenological theory. Results show great potential in achieving large cooling power as refrigerants. PMID:28345655

  2. Modeling the dielectric response of lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics-an approach to the phase transitions in relaxor ferroelectrics

    GarcIa-ZaldIvar, O; Pelaiz-Barranco, A; Calderon-Pinar, F; Fundora-Cruz, A [Facultad de Fisica-Instituto de Ciencia y TecnologIa de Materiales, Universidad de La Habana, San Lazaro y L, Vedado 10400, La Habana (Cuba); Guerra, J D S [Departamento de Fisica e Quimica, Universidade Estadual Paulista, 15385-000, Ilha Solteira-SP (Brazil); Hall, D A [School of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester, M1 7HS (United Kingdom); Mendoza, M E [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, AP J-48, 72570, Puebla (Mexico)], E-mail:


    The relaxor behavior of lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) ferroelectric ceramics, for a La/Zr/Ti ratio of x/60/40, has been analyzed. An approximation to the dynamical behavior of the polar nano-regions (PNRs) has been discussed, taking into account a relaxation model, which considers a distribution function for the relaxation times. A good agreement between theoretical and experimental results was obtained. The behaviors of the mean relaxation time and its standard deviation with temperature were discussed, considering the correlation between the polar nano-regions and the freezing temperature. The temperature dependence of the polarization showed an anomalous behavior around a temperature, which was associated with the freezing temperature, according to the proposed model in the present work.

  3. Electrical properties and electric field-induced antiferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transition in Nd3+-doped lead strontium zirconate titanate ceramics

    Yu, Yongjian; Singh, Raj N.


    Undoped and 1-3 at. % Nd3+-doped lead strontium zirconate titanate ceramics, which were located near the tetragonal antiferroelectric (AFE) and rhombohedral ferroelectric (FE) phase boundary, were prepared by tape casting and sintering. The influence of the electric field-induced AFE to FE phase transition on the piezoelectric and strain behavior was studied. Attempts were made to increase the field-induced strain by Nd3+ doping and its effect on the dielectric properties. Room temperature resistivity was also measured and explained by the defects produced. An in situ x-ray diffraction technique was developed for direct observation of the unit cell dimensions associated with the field-induced AFE to FE phase transition. The results indicated that a change in unit cell volume was responsible for the large field-induced strain associated with the AFE-FE phase transition.

  4. Thermal expansion in lead zirconate titanate


    The volume anomalies with temperature variations in tin-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics are investigated. Experimental results show that the volume changes are related to the phase transitions induced with temperature. The magnitude and orientation of crystal volume changes are dependent on the particular phase transition. When antiferroelectrics is transformed to ferroelectrics or paraelectrics the volume expands. Oppositely when ferroelectrics is transformed to antiferroelectrics or paraelectrics the volume contracts. In the transition of antiferroelectric orthorhombic structure to tetragonal structure or ferroelectric low-temperature rhombohedral structure to high-tem- perature rhombohedral structure, there are also revealed apparent anomalies in the curves of thermal expansion. Among them, the volume strain caused by the transition between antiferroelectrics and ferroelectrics is the biggest in magnitude, and the linear expansion dL/L0 and the expansion coefficient (dL/L0)/dT can reach 2.810?3 and 7.5 × 10?4 K?1 respectively.

  5. Mechanism of the Pyroelectric Response under Direct-Current Bias in La-Modified Lead Zirconate Titanate Stannate Ceramics

    ZHANG Hong-Ling; WANG Gen-Shui; CHEN Xue-Feng; CAO Fei; DONG Xian-Lin; GU Yan; HE Hong-Liang; LIU Yu-Sheng


    Dielectric and pyroelectric properties ofPbo.97Lao.o2(Zro.42Sno.4oTio.i8)03 ceramics are investigated as functions of temperature and dc bias field. Induced and intrinsic pyroelectric coefficients pind and p0 are calculated and analyzed. It is found that the sign, value and variation of the net pyroelectric coefficient p with increasing dc bias all are dominated by p0 under applied biases. Polarization and depolarization processes under dc biases are analyzed. Besides the contribution of pind, the diffuse and decreased pyroelectric response under dc bias compared with that of an identical Geld poled sample without dc bias is mainly attributed to the depolarization process under dc bias.%@@ Dielectric and pyroelectric properties of Pbo.s7Lao.o2( ceramics are investigated as functions of temperature and do bias field.Induced and intrinsic pyroelectric coefficients pind and p0 are calculated and analyzed.It is found that the sign,value and variation of the net pyroelectric coefficient p with increasing dc bias all are dominated by p0 under applied biases.Polarization and depolarization processes under do biases are analyzed.Besides the contribution of pind,the diffuse and decreased pyroelectric response under do bias compared with that of an identical field poled sample without do bias is mainly attributed to the depolarization process under do bias.

  6. Low Temperature Processing of Nanocrystalline Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Thick Films and Ceramics by a Modified Sol-Gel Route

    Zhu, Weiguang; Wang, Zhihong; Zhao, Changlei; Tan, Ooi Kiang; Hng, Huey Hoon


    Dispersing fine particles into a sol-gel matrix is a promising process to get a thick 0-3 composite coating layer. In this paper, we have further improved this modified sol-gel process by nanocrystalline composite technique to realize the low temperature annealing. Dense Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 (PZT) thick films of 10 to 50 μm in thickness have been obtained on the platinum-coated silicon substrates by spin-coating at sintering temperature of 600-700°C and fully developed submicron-sized grains have been demonstrated in screen-printing piezoelectric films on alumina substrates at sintering temperature of 700-800°C. The dependence of various properties such as microstructure, crystallization, ferroelectric and dielectric properties of such made thick films on the processing parameters have been investigated. For a 10 μm-thick film spin-coated on silicon wafer, the dielectric loss and relative permittivity are 0.010 and 1024, respectively, at 1 kHz. The remanent polarization (Pr) and the coercive field (Ec) are 13.6 μC/cm2 and 34.5 kV/cm, respectively. Obviously, such made thick film has comparable properties with bulk PZT ceramic. This novel technique can be extensively used in sol-gel, screen-printing, tape-casting, even in traditional ceramic process to reduce the process temperature.

  7. Detection of Indentation Induced FE-to-AFE Phase Transformation in Lead Zirconate Titanate

    Baddorf, Arthur P [ORNL; Kalinin, Sergei V [ORNL; Shin, Junsoo [ORNL; Juliano, Thomas F. [Drexel University; Gogotsi, Yury G. [Drexel University; Buchheit, Thomas E. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL); Watson, Chad S. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)


    Instrumented indentation was combined with microscopy and spectroscopy analysis to investigate the local mechanically induced ferroelectric to anti-ferroelectric phase transformation of niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate 95/5. Indentation experiments to a depth of 2 {micro}m were performed using a Berkovich pyramidal three-sided diamond tip. Subsequent Raman spectroscopy and piezoelectric force microscopy revealed that indentation locally induced the ferroelectric to antiferroelectric phase transformation. Piezoelectric force microscopy demonstrated the ability to map the individual phases within and near indented regions on the niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics.

  8. Detection of indentation induced Fe-to-Afe phase transformation in lead zirconate titanate.

    Baddorf, Arthur P. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Shin, Junsoo (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Gogotsi, Yury G. (Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA); Buchheit, Thomas Edward; Watson, Chad Samuel; Kalinin, Sergei (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Juliano, Thomas F. (Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA)


    Instrumented indentation was combined with microscopy and spectroscopy analysis to investigate the local mechanically induced ferroelectric to anti-ferroelectric phase transformation of niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate 95/5. Indentation experiments to a depth of 2 {micro}m were performed using a Berkovich pyramidal three-sided diamond tip. Subsequent Raman spectroscopy and piezoelectric force microscopy revealed that indentation locally induced the ferroelectric to antiferroelectric phase transformation. Piezoelectric force microscopy demonstrated the ability to map the individual phases within and near indented regions on the niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics.

  9. Ferroelastic contribution to the piezoelectric response in lead zirconate titanate by in situ stroboscopic neutron diffraction

    Jones, Jacob L.; Hoffman, Mark; Daniels, John E.; Studer, Andrew J.


    Ferroelastic domain switching during dynamic actuation is measured in situ for a piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic utilizing a new capability developed on The Australian Strain Scanner (TASS) at ANSTO. Diffraction patterns are obtained as a function of time during a 1 Hz cycle. The change in the 0 0 2 and 2 0 0 diffraction intensities indicates there is ferroelastic domain switching at sub-coercive (weak) fields.

  10. 倒车雷达用锆钛酸铅压电陶瓷材料的研究%Study on Lead Zirconate Titanate Piezoelectric Ceramic Materials for Reversing Radar

    文理; 刘玉红


    对锆钛酸铅陶瓷材料进行了Nb2 O5、 SrCO3微量掺杂改性研究,观察了掺杂后陶瓷样品的显微结构,研究了其相对介电常数、压电常数、机电耦合系数及电容量变化率随测试温度变化的规律。实验结果表明: Nb2 O5、 SrCO3掺杂后,陶瓷结构致密,介电损耗减少,相对介电常数、压电常数、机电耦合系数明显提高,电容量变化率明显改善。当Nb2 O5、 SrCO3的添加量为0.6wt%时,制得的压电陶瓷材料具有最佳的压电性能:εr=2100, D33=450 pC/N, Kp=0.81,ΔC/C<10%(-55~85℃),可以满足高性能的汽车倒车雷达的应用要求。%The lead zirconate titanate ceramic materials doped with Nb2 O5 , SrCO3 were studied.The microstructures of the doped ceramic samples were observed.Relative dielectric constant, piezoelectric constant, electromechanical coupling coefficient and capacitance change rates with test temperature were studied.The experimental results showed that Nb2 O5 , SrCO3 doping on ceramic, the ceramic becomes denser, the dielectric loss reduces, the relative dielectric constants, piezoelectric constant, electromechanical coupling coefficient increased evidently, the capacitance change rate improved obviously.When the adding amount of Nb2 O5 , SrCO3 was 0.6wt%, the piezoelectric ceramic material prepared had the best piezoelectric poperties,εr=2100, D33=450 pC/N, Kp=0.81, ΔC/C<10%(-55~85 ℃), can meet the requirements of high performance car reversing radar’s.

  11. EPDM composite membranes modified with cerium doped lead zirconate titanate

    Zaharescu, T.; Dumitru, A.; Lungulescu, M. E.; Velciu, G.


    This study was performed on γ-irradiated ethylene-propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) loaded with lead zirconate titanate. The inorganic phase has a perovskite structure with general formula Pb(Zr0.65-xCexTi0.35)O3. The three composites with different Ce dopant concentrations revealed the stabilization activity of filler against oxidation proved by chemiluminescence investigation in respect to pristine polymer. The presence of cerium low concentrations in the solid lead zirconate titanate nanoparticles causes significant slowing of oxidation rate during radiation exposure. The improvement in the stabilization feature of filler is correlated with the existence of traps, whose interaction with free radicals assumes medium energy due to their convenient depth.

  12. Fabrication and Characterization of a Lead Zirconate Titanate Micro Energy Harvester Based on Eutectic Bonding

    LI Yi-Gui; SUN Jian; YANG Chun-Sheng; LIU Jing-Quan; SUGIYAMA Susumu; TANAKA Katsuhiko


    A lead zirconate titanate(PZT)-Si energy harvester cantilever with PZT bulk ceramics is fabricated by eutectic bonding, polishing and dicing processes. The feasibility of this process is studied using a successful operation of the cantilever in both actuation and harvesting modes. The first prototype made from a PZT-Au-Si cantiliever is tested. The testing results show the voltage output of 632mV at the frequency of 815Hz when the excitation acceleration is 0.5 g. The PZT and silicon layers are bonded together to form a sandwiched structure using a gold layer as an intermediate layer.%@@ A lead zirconate titanate(PZT)-Si energy harvester cantilever with PZT bulk ceramics is fabricated by eutectic bonding, polishing and dicing processes.The feasibility of this process is studied using a successful operation of the cantilever in both actuation and harvesting modes.The first prototype made from a PZT-Au-Si cantiliever is tested.The testing results show the voltage output of 632mV at the frequency of 815 Hz when the excitation acceleration is 0.5 g.The PZT and silicon layers are bonded together to form a sandwiched structure using a gold layer as an intermediate layer.

  13. PLZT block data composers operated in differential phase mode. [lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramic device for digital holographic memory

    Drake, M. D.; Klingler, D. E.


    The use of PLZT ceramics with the 7/65/35 composition in block data composer (BDC) input devices for holographic memory systems has previously been described for operation in the strain biased, scattering, and edge effect modes. A new and promising mode of BDC operation is the differential phase mode in which each element of a matrix array BDC acts as a phase modulator. The phase modulation results from a phase difference in the optical path length between the electrically poled and depoled states of the PLZT. It is shown that a PLZT BDC can be used as a matrix-type phase modulator to record and process digital data by the differential phase mode in a holographic recording/processing system with readout contrast ratios of between 10:1 and 15:1. The differential phase mode has the advantages that strain bias is not required and that the thickness and strain variations in the PLZT are cancelled out.

  14. Fabrication of Lead Zirconate Titanate Powder Using Ultrasonic Ball Milling Technique


    In this research, the ultrasonic ball milling technique has been used to fabricate lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics.PZT with the composition nearly the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB): Pb(Zr0.52 Ti0.48 )O3 was studied. The effect of milling time on phase formation of sample powder was examined by X-ray diffraction technique (XRD). Moreover, the physical, dielectric, piezoelectric properties and microstructure of PZT ceramics were investigated. The present results reveal that the ultrasonic ball milling technique results the homogeneous and small size of PZT powder. Furthermore, there is a significantly change occurs in the size of the particles with the short time of milling process.

  15. Dielectric and pyroelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate/polyurethane composites

    Lam, K. S.; Wong, Y. W.; Tai, L. S.; Poon, Y. M.; Shin, F. G.


    0-3 composite ranging between 0 and 3, of ferroelectric ceramic lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and thermoplastic elastomer polyurethane (PU) were fabricated. The pyroelectric and dielectric properties of the hot-pressed thin film samples of various PZT volume fractions were measured. The experimental dielectric permittivities and losses agreed reasonably well with the Bruggeman model. The room temperature pyroelectric coefficients of the composites were found to increase linearly with PZT volume fraction and substantially larger than expected. For example, for a composite with 30% PZT, its pyroelectric coefficient is about 90μC/m2K at room temperature, which is more than tenfold of a PZT/PVDF composite of the same ceramic volume fraction. We propose a model in which the electrical conductivity of the composite system is taken into consideration to explain the linear relationship and the extraordinarily large pyroelectric coefficients obtained.

  16. The determination of major and some minor constituents in lead zirconate-titanate compositions by x-ray fluorescence and atomic absorption spectrometry

    van Willigen, J.H.H.G.; Kruidhof, H.; Dahmen, E.A.M.F.


    An accurate X-ray fluorescence spectrometric method is described for the determination of lead, zirconium and titanium in lead zirconate-titanate ceramics. Careful matching of samples and standards by a borax fusion method resulted in a relative standard deviation of about 0.2% for the major

  17. The determination of major and some minor constituents in lead zirconate-titanate compositions by x-ray fluorescence and atomic absorption spectrometry

    Willigen, van J.H.H.G.; Kruidhof, H.; Dahmen, E.A.M.F.


    An accurate X-ray fluorescence spectrometric method is described for the determination of lead, zirconium and titanium in lead zirconate-titanate ceramics. Careful matching of samples and standards by a borax fusion method resulted in a relative standard deviation of about 0.2% for the major constit

  18. Fabrication of lead zirconate titanate actuator via suspension polymerization casting

    Miao, Weiguo


    The research presented herein has focused on the fabrication of a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) telescopic actuator from Suspension Polymerization Casting (SPC). Two systems were studied: an acrylamide-based hydrogel, and an acrylate-based nonaqueous system. Analytical tools such as thermomechanical analysis (TMA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), chemorheology, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and differential thermal analysis (DTA) were used to investigate the polymerization and burnout processes. The acrylamide hydrogel polymerization casting process used hydroxymethyl acrylamide (HMAM) monofunctional monomer with methylenebisacrylamide (MBAM) difunctional monomer, or used methacrylamide (MAM) as monofunctional monomer. High solid loading PZT slurries with low viscosities were obtained by optimizing the amounts of dispersant and the PZT powders. The overall activation energy of gelation was calculated to be 60--76 kJ/mol for the monomer solution, this energy was increased to 91 kJ/mol with the addition of PZT powder. The results show that the PZT powder has a retardation effect on gelation. Although several PZT tubes were made using the acrylamide-based system, the demolding and drying difficulties made this process unsuitable for building internal structures, such as the telescopic actuator. The acrylate-based system was used successfully to build telescopic actuator. Efforts were made to study the influence of composition and experimental conditions on the polymerization process. Temperature was found to have the largest impact on polymerization. To adjust the polymerization temperature and time, initiator and/or catalyst were used. PZT powder has a catalytic effect on the polymerization process. Compared with acrylamide systems, acrylate provided a strong polymer network to support the ceramic green body. This high strength is beneficial for the demolding process, but it can easily cause cracks during the burnout process. To solve the burnout issue

  19. Electronic structure of nanograin barium titanate ceramics

    DENG Xiangyun; WANG Xiaohui; LI Dejun; LI Longtu


    The density of states and band structure of 20 nm barium titanate(BaTiO3,BT)ceramics are investigated by first-principles calculation.The full potential linearized augmented plane wave(FLAPW)method is used and the exchange correlation effects are treated by the generalized gradient approximation(GGA).The results show that there is substantial hybridization between the Ti 3d and O 2p states in 20 nm BT ceramics and the interaction between barium and oxygen is typically ionic.

  20. Selection of Raw Materials for the Reactive Sinterling of Zircon Porous Ceramics

    SHENYi; ZHANGWenli; 等


    The effect of three kinds of zircon raw materials on the sinterability and properties of porous zircon ceramics have been investigated.The results have shown that all the tested fired compacts are of high porosity,However,the sintering process are different for different raw materials.The preferable selected raw materials for porous zircon ceramics were commercials zircon and quartz.

  1. Microwave emission from lead zirconate titanate induced by impulsive mechanical load

    Aman, A., E-mail: [Department of Engineering, Brandenburg University of Applied Science, 14470 Brandenburg an derHavel (Germany); Packaging Group, Institute of Micro- and Sensorsytems, Otto-von-Guericke University, Universitätsplatz 2, 39106 Magdeburg (Germany); Majcherek, S. [Packaging Group, Institute of Micro- and Sensorsytems, Otto-von-Guericke University, Universitätsplatz 2, 39106 Magdeburg (Germany); Hirsch, S. [Department of Engineering, Brandenburg University of Applied Science, 14470 Brandenburg an derHavel (Germany); Schmidt, B. [Chair of Micorsystem Technology, Institute of Micro- and Sensorsytems, Otto-von-Guericke University, Universitätsplatz 2, 39106 Magdeburg (Germany)


    This paper focuses on microwave emission from Lead zirconate titanate Pb [Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1−x}] O{sub 3} (PZT) induced by mechanical stressing. The mechanical stress was initiated by impact of a sharp tungsten indenter on the upper surface of PZT ceramic. The sequences of microwave and current impulses, which flew from indenter to electric ground, were detected simultaneously. The voltage between the upper and lower surface of ceramic was measured to obtain the behavior of mechanical force acting on ceramic during the impact. It was found that the amplitude, form, and frequency of measured microwave impulses were different by compression and restitution phase of impact. Two different mechanisms of electron emission, responsible for microwave impulse generation, were proposed based on the dissimilar impulse behavior. The field emission from tungsten indenter is dominant during compression, whereas ferroemission dominates during restitution phase. Indeed, it was observed that the direction of the current flow, i.e., sign of current impulses is changed by transitions from compression to restitution phase of impact. The observed dissimilar behavior of microwave impulses, caused by increasing and decreasing applied force, can be used to calculate the contact time and behavior of mechanical force during mechanical impact on ceramic surface. It is shown that the generation of microwave impulses exhibits high reproducibility, impulse intensity, a low damping factor, and high mechanical failure resistance. Based on these microwave emission properties of PZT, the development of new type of stress sensor with spatial resolution of few microns becomes possible.

  2. Evaluation of antibacterial properties of Barium Zirconate Titanate (BZT nanoparticle

    Simin Mohseni


    Full Text Available So far, the antibacterial activity of some organic and inorganic compounds has been studied. Barium zirconate titanate [Ba(Zr xTi1-xO3] (x = 0.05 nanoparticle is an example of inorganic materials. In vitro studies have provided evidence for the antibacterial activity of this nanoparticle. In the current study, the nano-powder was synthesized by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction showed that the powder was single-phase and had a perovskite structure at the calcination temperature of 1000 ºC. Antibacterial activity of the desired nanoparticle was assessed on two gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus PTCC1431 and Micrococcus luteus PTCC1625 and two gram-negative (Escherichia coli HP101BA 7601c and clinically isolated Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria according to Radial Diffusion Assay (RDA. The results showed that the antibacterial activity of BZT nano-powder on both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria was acceptable. The minimum inhibitory concentration of this nano-powder was determined. The results showed that MIC values for E. coli, K. pneumoniae, M. luteus and S. aureus were about 2.3 µg/mL, 7.3 µg/mL, 3 µg/mL and 12 µg/mL, respectively. Minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC was also evaluated and showed that the growth of E. coli, K. pneumoniae, M. luteus and S. aureus could be decreased at 2.3, 14, 3 and 18 µg/mL of BZT. Average log reduction in viable bacteria count in time-kill assay ranged between 6 Log10 cfu/mL to zero after 24 h of incubation with BZT nanoparticle.

  3. Mechanical and dielectric characterization of lead zirconate titanate(PZT)/polyurethane(PU) thin film composite for energy harvesting

    Aboubakr, S.; Rguiti, M.; Hajjaji, A.; Eddiai, A.; Courtois, C.; d'Astorg, S.


    The Lead Zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic is known by its piezoelectric feature, but also by its stiffness, the use of a composite based on a polyurethane (PU) matrix charged by a piezoelectric material, enable to generate a large deformation of the material, therefore harvesting more energy. This new material will provide a competitive alternative and low cost manufacturing technology of autonomous systems (smart clothes, car seat, boat sail, flag ...). A thin film of the PZT/PU composite was prepared using up to 80 vol. % of ceramic. Due to the dielectric nature of the PZT, inclusions of this one in a PU matrix raises the permittivity of the composite, on other hand this latter seems to decline at high frequencies.

  4. The Effect of Acceptor and Donor Doping on Oxygen Vacancy Concentrations in Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT

    Christoph Slouka


    Full Text Available The different properties of acceptor-doped (hard and donor-doped (soft lead zirconate titanate (PZT ceramics are often attributed to different amounts of oxygen vacancies introduced by the dopant. Acceptor doping is believed to cause high oxygen vacancy concentrations, while donors are expected to strongly suppress their amount. In this study, La3+ donor-doped, Fe3+ acceptor-doped and La3+/Fe3+-co-doped PZT samples were investigated by oxygen tracer exchange and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in order to analyse the effect of doping on oxygen vacancy concentrations. Relative changes in the tracer diffusion coefficients for different doping and quantitative relations between defect concentrations allowed estimates of oxygen vacancy concentrations. Donor doping does not completely suppress the formation of oxygen vacancies; rather, it concentrates them in the grain boundary region. Acceptor doping enhances the amount of oxygen vacancies but estimates suggest that bulk concentrations are still in the ppm range, even for 1% acceptor doping. Trapped holes might thus considerably contribute to the charge balancing of the acceptor dopants. This could also be of relevance in understanding the properties of hard and soft PZT.

  5. The Effect of Acceptor and Donor Doping on Oxygen Vacancy Concentrations in Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT)

    Slouka, Christoph; Kainz, Theresa; Navickas, Edvinas; Walch, Gregor; Hutter, Herbert; Reichmann, Klaus; Fleig, Jürgen


    The different properties of acceptor-doped (hard) and donor-doped (soft) lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics are often attributed to different amounts of oxygen vacancies introduced by the dopant. Acceptor doping is believed to cause high oxygen vacancy concentrations, while donors are expected to strongly suppress their amount. In this study, La3+ donor-doped, Fe3+ acceptor-doped and La3+/Fe3+-co-doped PZT samples were investigated by oxygen tracer exchange and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in order to analyse the effect of doping on oxygen vacancy concentrations. Relative changes in the tracer diffusion coefficients for different doping and quantitative relations between defect concentrations allowed estimates of oxygen vacancy concentrations. Donor doping does not completely suppress the formation of oxygen vacancies; rather, it concentrates them in the grain boundary region. Acceptor doping enhances the amount of oxygen vacancies but estimates suggest that bulk concentrations are still in the ppm range, even for 1% acceptor doping. Trapped holes might thus considerably contribute to the charge balancing of the acceptor dopants. This could also be of relevance in understanding the properties of hard and soft PZT. PMID:28774067

  6. Density Optimization of Lithium Lanthanum Titanate Ceramics for Lightweight Lithium-Air Batteries


    Density Optimization of Lithium Lanthanum Titanate Ceramics for Lightweight Lithium -Air Batteries by Claire Weiss Brennan, Victoria Blair...Ground, MD 21005-5069 ARL-TR-7145 November 2014 Density Optimization of Lithium Lanthanum Titanate Ceramics for Lightweight Lithium -Air...COVERED (From - To) 1 June–31 August 2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Density Optimization of Lithium Lanthanum Titanate Ceramics for Lightweight Lithium

  7. Lead zirconate titanate nanowire textile nanogenerator for wearable energy-harvesting and self-powered devices.

    Wu, Weiwei; Bai, Suo; Yuan, Miaomiao; Qin, Yong; Wang, Zhong Lin; Jing, Tao


    Wearable nanogenerators are of vital importance to portable energy-harvesting and personal electronics. Here we report a method to synthesize a lead zirconate titanate textile in which nanowires are parallel with each other and a procedure to make it into flexible and wearable nanogenerators. The nanogenerator can generate 6 V output voltage and 45 nA output current, which are large enough to power a liquid crystal display and a UV sensor.

  8. 3-3型与1-3型多孔锆钛酸铅陶瓷的结构和性能%Structure and Properties of 3-3 Type and 1-3 Type Porous Lead Zirconate Titanate Ceramics

    郭瑞; 汪长安; 杨安坤


    以叔丁醇为溶剂和成孔模板,采用冷冻–干燥工艺制备1-3型多孔锆钛酸铅(lead zirconate titanate,PZT)陶瓷,采用凝胶注模工艺制备3–3型多孔PZT陶瓷,利用扫描电子显微镜和压汞仪对多孔陶瓷的形貌和孔径分布进行表征,利用阻抗分析仪测试多孔陶瓷的介电常数,利用Piezo–metersystem测量仪测试样品的压电性能。结果表明:相比于3–3型多孔PZT陶瓷,在初始浆料固含量相同的条件下,1–3型多孔PZT陶瓷具有更高的气孔率;而气孔率相当时,1–3型多孔PZT陶瓷的压电系数比3–3型样品高出20%以上,介电常数高出1倍左右,且最低的声阻抗已达到2.1×107(Pa?s)/m,明显低于3–3型样品并与生物组织和水的声阻抗值非常接近%3–3 type porous lead zirconate titanate(PZT) ceramics were prepared by a gel-casting method and 1-3 type porous PZT ceramics were prepared by a freeze casting process with tert-butyl alcohol(TBA) as solvent and template.The microstructure was determined by scanning electron microscope and the pore-size distributions were analyzed by a mercury intrusion method.The longitude piezoelectric coefficient(d33) was measured by a Piezo–Meter System and the permittivity(ε) was measured under constant(zero) stress using an impedance bridge.Compared to 3-3 type porous PZT ceramics,the 1–3 type samples had a higher porosity with the same initial solid loading of slurry.When the porosity was the same,the 1–3 type samples also had greater d33 and ε(the d33 value was 20% greater than that of the 3-3 type samples and the relative permittivity value was 100% greater than that of the 3-3 type samples).The acoustic impendence of 1–3 type samples,which reached 2.1 × 107(Pa?s)/m that matched well with the water or human tissue,was lower than that of 3-3 type samples

  9. Fabrication of the Cobalt Ferrite/Lead Lanthanum Zirconate Titanate 0-3 Composite Ceramics Via Phase Boundary%相界法制备铁酸钴/锆钛酸铅镧0-3复合陶瓷

    杨青松; 李坤; 施瑕玉; 耿志明


    The cobalt ferrite (CFO)powders were coated with zirconia via Sol-Gel methods to form core-shell thin film.The Pb(Zn0.5 W0.5 )O3-Pb(Cu0.5 W0.5 )O3 (PZW-PCW)was used as additives to low down the sintering temperature of the lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT)ceramics.The CFO/PLZT 0-3 composite ceramics were fabricated from the mixture of the coated CFO and PLZT ceramic powder by using co-firing processes.The effects of the CFO content,phase structure,micro morphology and sintering conditions on the dielectric,piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties were investigated.The X-ray and SEM diffraction results show that the ZrO2 layer can buffer the Fe3+ and Co2+ ions diffusing from CFO to PLZT during the sintering process.The composites presented the perovskite structure(PLZT)and the spinel structure(CFO)after relatively lower temperature sintering.The magneto-electric coefficient of composite ceramics(CFO weight fraction x=0.2)which were sintered at 1 050 ℃was found to be 401 mV/A at the magnetic field intensity of 334.23 A/m and frequency of 229 kHz.%通过溶胶-凝胶工艺在铁磁相CoFe2 O4(CFO)陶瓷粉体表面包覆二氧化锆,形成核壳薄层。添加钨锌酸铅-钨铜酸铅(PZW-PCW)低熔点辅助剂以降低铁电相锆钛酸铅镧(PLZT)的烧结温度。采用 CFO 和 PLZT [Pb1-1.5yLay(Zr0.58Ti0.42)1-1.25zNbzO3,y=0.06,z=0.02]粉体混合共烧工艺制备 CFO/PLZT 0-3复合多铁性材料。研究了铁磁相含量、陶瓷的晶相结构、微观形貌及烧结工艺条件对陶瓷介电、压电、铁电性能的影响。XRD、SEM分析表明,二氧化锆在高温烧结过程中可有效阻挡铁、钴离子扩散进入 PLZT相;同时相对较低温度烧结使PLZT钙钛矿相和CFO尖晶石相稳定共存。当磁场强度为334.23 A/m,频率为229 kHz时,1050℃烧结的复合陶瓷(CFO质量分数为0.20)的磁电转换系数约为401 mV/A。

  10. Raman study of lead zirconate titanate under uniaxial stress



    The authors used micro-Raman spectroscopy to monitor the ferroelectric (FE) to antiferroelectric (AFE) phase transition in PZT ceramic bars during the application of uniaxial stress. They designed and constructed a simple loading device, which can apply sufficient uniaxial force to transform reasonably large ceramic bars while being small enough to fit on the mechanical stage of the microscope used for Raman analysis. Raman spectra of individual grains in ceramic PZT bars were obtained as the stress on the bar was increased in increments. At the same time gauges attached to the PZT bar recorded axial and lateral strains induced by the applied stress. The Raman spectra were used to calculate an FE coordinate, which is related to the fraction of FE phase present. The authors present data showing changes in the FE coordinates of individual PZT grains and correlate these changes to stress-strain data, which plot the macroscopic evolution of the FE-to-AFE transformation. Their data indicates that the FE-to-AFE transformation does not occur simultaneously for all PZT grains but that grains react individually to local conditions.

  11. Critical scattering of synchrotron radiation in lead zirconate-titanate with low titanium concentrations

    Andronikova, D. A.; Bosak, A. A.; Bronwald, Iu. A.; Burkovsky, R. G.; Vakhrushev, S. B.; Leontiev, N. G.; Leontiev, I. N.; Tagantsev, A. K.; Filimonov, A. V.; Chernyshov, D. Yu.


    Diffuse scattering in the lead zirconate-titanate single crystal with a titanium concentration of 0.7 at % has been studied by the synchrotron radiation scattering method. Measurements have been performed both in the vicinity of the Brillouin zone center and at the M-point. Highly anisotropic diffuse scattering has been revealed in the paraelectric phase near the Brillouin zone center; diffuse scattering anisotropy is similar to that previously observed in pure lead zirconate. The temperature dependence of this diffuse scattering obeys a critical law with T c ≈ 480 K. Diffuse scattering in the vicinity of the M-point weakly depends on temperature; this dependence behaves differently at M-points with various indices.

  12. Effects of the poling process on dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate

    Prewitt, Anderson D.

    Smart materials are widely used in many of today's relevant technologies such as nano and micro electromechanical systems (NEMS and MEMS), sensors, actuators, nonvolatile memory, and solid state devices. Many of these systems rely heavily on the electromechanical properties of certain smart materials, such as piezoelectricity and ferroelectricity. By definition, piezoelectricity is a mechanical stress in a material that produces an electric displacement (known as the direct piezoelectric effect) or electrical charge in a material which produces a mechanical strain (known as the converse piezoelectric effect). Ferroelectricity is a sub-class of piezoelectricity in which the polarization occurs spontaneously and the dipoles can be reoriented. Domain walls are the nanoscale regions separating two finite distinctively polarized areas in a ferroelectric. The reorientation of polarization in a material is called the poling process and many factors can influence the effectiveness of this process. A more fundamental understanding of how electrical and mechanical loading changes the domain structure of these materials could lead to enhanced properties such as increased energy transduction and decreased nonlinear behavior. This research demonstrates the influence of mechanical pressure and electrical field during and after the poling process on domain walls. The effects of strong mechanical forces on large-scale domain switching and weak cyclic forces on small-scale domain wall motion are investigated to show how they affect the macroscopic behavior of these materials. Commercial lead zirconate titanate ceramics were studied under various poling conditions and the effect of domain wall motion on the piezoelectric, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties was investigated. Polarization and strain measurements from samples poled at specific conditions and converse piezoelectric coefficient and dielectric permittivity data was extracted and interpreted in the context of

  13. A poling study of lead zirconate titanate/polyurethane 0-3 composites

    Lau, S. T.; Kwok, K. W.; Shin, F. G.; Kopf, S.


    0-3 composites of lead zirconate titanate particles dispersed in a thermoplastic elastomer polyurethane matrix were fabricated. The dielectric permittivity and loss of the composite film were measured and compared to the theoretical values. The composites were polarized by the ac fields at different frequencies. With the application of the Sawyer-Tower circuit, the D-E hysteresis loops of the composites can be measured during the poling process. By decreasing the poling frequency, the composite sample shows a larger "remanent" polarization at the same poling field. To evaluate the poling effectiveness, the pyroelectric coefficients of the poled composite samples were measured by a dynamic method.

  14. Pressure, temperature, and electric field dependence of phase transformations in niobium modified 95/5 lead zirconate titanate

    Dong, Wen D.; Carlos Valadez, J.; Gallagher, John A.; Jo, Hwan R.; Lynch, Christopher S., E-mail: [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The University of California, Los Angeles, 420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Sahul, Raffi; Hackenberger, Wes [TRS Technologies, 2820 East College Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania 16801 (United States)


    Ceramic niobium modified 95/5 lead zirconate-lead titanate (PZT) undergoes a pressure induced ferroelectric to antiferroelectric phase transformation accompanied by an elimination of polarization and a volume reduction. Electric field and temperature drive the reverse transformation from the antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase. The phase transformation was monitored under pressure, temperature, and electric field loading. Pressures and temperatures were varied in discrete steps from 0 MPa to 500 MPa and 25 °C to 125 °C, respectively. Cyclic bipolar electric fields were applied with peak amplitudes of up to 6 MV m{sup −1} at each pressure and temperature combination. The resulting electric displacement–electric field hysteresis loops were open “D” shaped at low pressure, characteristic of soft ferroelectric PZT. Just below the phase transformation pressure, the hysteresis loops took on an “S” shape, which split into a double hysteresis loop just above the phase transformation pressure. Far above the phase transformation pressure, when the applied electric field is insufficient to drive an antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase transformation, the hysteresis loops collapse to linear dielectric behavior. Phase stability maps were generated from the experimental data at each of the temperature steps and used to form a three dimensional pressure–temperature–electric field phase diagram.

  15. Mechanical behavior, properties and reliability of tin-modified lead zirconate titanate.

    Watson, Chad Samuel


    The influences of temperature and processing conditions (unpoled or poled-depoled) on strength, fracture toughness and the stress-strain behavior of tin-modified lead zirconate titanate (PSZT) were evaluated in four-point bending. PSZT exhibits temperature-dependent non-linear and non-symmetric stress-strain behavior. A consequence of temperature dependent non-linearity is an apparent reduction in the flexural strength of PSZT as temperature increases. At room temperature the average stress in the outer-fiber of bend bars was 84 MPa, whereas, for specimens tested at 120 C the average failure stress was only 64 MPa. The load-carrying capacity, however, does not change with temperature, but the degree of deformation tolerated by PSZT prior to failure increased with temperature.

  16. Processing of Lead Zirconate Titanate-graphite 3-3 Piezocomposites

    B. Praveenkumar


    Full Text Available The lead zirconate titanate (PZT-graphite piezocomposites have potential for higherpiezoelectric sensitivity, lower acoustic impedance, higher piezoelectric voltage constants, higherelectromechanical coupling coefficient, and higher hydrostatic coefficients as compared to densePZT materials. In addition, the properties of piezocomposites can be tailored for various weightpercentage of graphite powder. To study the phenomena, PZT-graphite 3-3 composites wereprepared by mixing calcined PZT and commercially available graphite powder. The mixed powderwas compacted, sintered, and poled by corona poling technique. Scanning electron microstructureswere recorded to study the effect of graphite on processing of 3-3 piezocomposites. The polarisingbehaviour, piezoelectric and dielectric properties of PZT-graphite composites were studied.

  17. Influence of high-temperature annealing on the orientation of the unipolarity vector in lead zirconate titanate thin films

    Kanareikin, A. G.; Kaptelov, E. Yu.; Senkevich, S. V.; Pronin, I. P.; Sergienko, A. Yu.; Sergeeva, O. N.


    The factors responsible for the change in the orientation of the natural unipolarity vector due to heating to the Curie temperature of a Pt/PZT/Pt thin-film capacitor (PZT—lead zirconate titanate) formed on a TiO2/SiO2/Si substrate have been considered. Lead zirconate titanate thin layers containing a small excess of lead oxide have been formed ex situ using high-frequency magnetron sputtering with a variation in the annealing temperature (crystallization of the perovskite phase) in the range from 580 to 650°C. It has been assumed that the reorientation of the unipolarity vector in the PZT layer is caused by the change in the mechanism of crystallization of the perovskite phase with an increase in the annealing temperature.

  18. Effect of dopants on ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate thin films on Si substrates

    Nguyen, Duc Minh; Trinh, Thong Q.; Dekkers, Jan M.; Houwman, Evert Pieter; Vu, Hung Ngoc; Rijnders, Augustinus J.H.M.


    Lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (undoped PZT) and doped PZT thin films with thickness of about 500 nm were grown on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In this study, 1.0 mol% Nb-doping (at Zr/Ti site) as donor, 1.0 mol% Fe-doping (at Zr/Ti) as acceptor and 10 mol%

  19. Hydrothermal synthesis and dielectric properties of lanthanum titanate ceramics

    DENG Yuan; NAN Ce-wen


    Lanthanum titanate (La2/3TiO3) powders were synthesized by hydrothermal method based on the reaction of TiO2, La(NO3 )3 and KOH at 160 ℃ for 24 h followed by the treatment of acidification. The microstructure,morphology and dielectric properties were investigated by using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope,transmission electron microscope and impedance method. The results show that the La2/3 TiO3 particles consist of nearly homogenous and lamellar grains. The particles can be sintered into porous ceramics above 1 150 ℃. The dielectric properties of La2/3 TiO3 show that both the dielectric constant and the dielectric loss tangent decrease with the increase of frequency.

  20. Strength Properties of Aged Poled Lead Zirconate Titanate Subjected to Electromechanical Loadings

    Zhang, Kewei [ORNL; Zeng, Fan W [ORNL; Wang, Hong [ORNL; Lin, Hua-Tay [ORNL


    Electric field and aging time are two important factors that affect the mechanical strength and long-term reliability of lead zirconate titanate or PZT actuators. In the present work, a commercial PZT-5A aged four years was examined using ball-on-ring (BoR) mechanical testing under coupled electric fields. The electric field range of -3E{sub c} to +3E{sub c} (E{sub c}, coercive electric field) was studied (i.e., -3E{sub c}, -E{sub c}, 0, +E{sub c}, +2E{sub c}, and +3E{sub c}) with a controlled electric loading path. A Weibull distribution was used to interpret the mechanical strength data. With an electric field preloaded from 0 to -3E{sub c}, it was found that subsequent increases in the electric field resulted in an asymmetrical V-shaped curve of mechanical strength against the electric field. The bottom of the V curve was located near the zero electric field level. Microscopy analysis showed that pores were the strength limiter for the tested PZT under electromechanical loadings.

  1. Characterization methodology for lead zirconate titanate thin films with interdigitated electrode structures

    Nigon, R.; Raeder, T. M.; Muralt, P.


    The accurate evaluation of ferroelectric thin films operated with interdigitated electrodes is quite a complex task. In this article, we show how to correct the electric field and the capacitance in order to obtain identical polarization and CV loops for all geometrical variants. The simplest model is compared with corrections derived from Schwartz-Christoffel transformations, and with finite element simulations. The correction procedure is experimentally verified, giving almost identical curves for a variety of gaps and electrode widths. It is shown that the measured polarization change corresponds to the average polarization change in the center plane between the electrode fingers, thus at the position where the electric field is most homogeneous with respect to the direction and size. The question of maximal achievable polarization in the various possible textures, and compositional types of polycrystalline lead zirconate titanate thin films is revisited. In the best case, a soft (110) textured thin film with the morphotropic phase boundary composition should yield a value of 0.95Ps, and in the worst case, a rhombohedral (100) textured thin film should deliver a polarization of 0.74Ps.

  2. Develop techniques for ion implantation of PLZT (lead-lanthanum-zirconate-titanate) for adaptive optics

    Batishko, C.R.; Brimhall, J.L.; Pawlewicz, W.T.; Stahl, K.A.; Toburen, L.H.


    Research was conducted at Pacific Northwest Laboratory to develop high photosensitivity adaptive optical elements utilizing ion implanted lanthanum-doped lead-zirconate-titanate (PLZT). One centimeter square samples were prepared by implanting ferroelectric and anti-ferroelectric PLZT with a variety of species or combinations of species. These included Ne, O, Ni, Ne/Cr, Ne/Al, Ne/Ni, Ne/O, and Ni/O, at a variety of energies and fluences. An indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode coating was designed to give a balance of high conductivity and optical transmission at near uv to near ir wavelengths. Samples were characterized for photosensitivity; implanted layer thickness, index of refraction, and density; electrode (ITO) conductivity; and in some cases, residual stress curvature. Thin film anti-ferroelectric PLZT was deposited in a preliminary experiment. The structure was amorphous with x-ray diffraction showing the beginnings of a structure at substrate temperatures of approximately 550/sup 0/C. This report summarizes the research and provides a sampling of the data taken during the report period.

  3. Neutron irradiation effects on domain wall mobility and reversibility in lead zirconate titanate thin films

    Graham, Joseph T. [Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78758 (United States); Electronic, Optic and Nano Materials Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Brennecka, Geoff L.; Ihlefeld, Jon F. [Electronic, Optic and Nano Materials Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Ferreira, Paulo [Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78751 (United States); Small, Leo [Electronic, Optic and Nano Materials Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180 (United States); Duquette, David [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180 (United States); Apblett, Christopher [Advanced Power Sources R and D Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Landsberger, Sheldon [Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78758 (United States)


    The effects of neutron-induced damage on the ferroelectric properties of thin film lead zirconate titanate (PZT) were investigated. Two sets of PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3} films of varying initial quality were irradiated in a research nuclear reactor up to a maximum 1 MeV equivalent neutron fluence of (5.16 {+-} 0.03) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 15} cm{sup -2}. Changes in domain wall mobility and reversibility were characterized by polarization-electric field measurements, Rayleigh analysis, and analysis of first order reversal curves (FORC). With increasing fluence, extrinsic contributions to the small-signal permittivity diminished. Additionally, redistribution of irreversible hysterons towards higher coercive fields was observed accompanied by the formation of a secondary hysteron peak following exposure to high fluence levels. The changes are attributed to the radiation-induced formation of defect dipoles and other charged defects, which serve as effective domain wall pinning sites. Differences in damage accumulation rates with initial film quality were observed between the film sets suggesting a dominance of pre-irradiation microstructure on changes in macroscopic switching behavior.

  4. Sandwich Magnetoelectric Composites of Polyvinylidene Fluoride, Tb-Dy-Fe Alloy, and Lead Zirconate Titanate


    The novel sandwich composites were prepared by sandwiching a polyvinylidene fluoride/Tb-Dy-Fe alloy composite (PVDF/Terfenol-D) between polyvinylidene fluoride/lead zirconate titanate composites(PVDF/PZT). The maximum magnetoelectric effect voltage coefficient, (dE/dH)33max, of the sandwich composites is higher than that of three-phase composites at their own optimal loading level of Terfenol-D. This is attributed to less interface relaxations of strain and better polarization of the sandwich composites. When the volume fraction of Terfenol-D is higher than 0.10, no coupling interaction for three-phase composites could intensity, the magnetoelectric effect voltage coefficient, (dE/dH)33, of sandwich composites is higher than that of three-phase composites; at low magnetic field intensity, (dE/dH)33 of sandwich composites is lower than that of three-phase composites. At their resonance frequency, the (dE/dH)33max of the sandwich composites and the dH)33max at resonance frequency confirms the improvement of maximum magnetoelectric effect coefficient via sandwich-structured composites.


    Wang, Hong [ORNL; Matsunaga, Tadashi [ORNL; Zhang, Kewei [ORNL; Lin, Hua-Tay [ORNL; Wereszczak, Andrew A [ORNL


    PZT (lead zirconate titanate), particularly PZT-5A, is used in a variety of critical actuation and sensing systems because of its high Curie temperature and large piezoelectric coefficients. However, PZT is susceptible to mechanical failure. The evaluation of the mechanical strength of the material under the target working conditions is very important. This study presents part of the recent experimental developments in mechanical testing and evaluation of PZT materials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ball-on-ring and four-point bending testing setups were used, with modifications made to account for testing requirements from high-level electric field and elevated temperature. The poled PZT-5A or equivalent material was tested under various specimen and testing conditions. The parameters of the distribution of strengths (characteristic strength and Weibull modulus) are discussed in relation to the testing conditions. Fractographic results based on scanning electron microscopy are also presented and discussed. The related data can serve as input for the design of piezoceramic devices, not only those used in energy systems like fuel injectors in heavy-duty diesel engines, but also those used in structural health monitoring, energy harvesting, and other critical systems in aerospace and civil engineering.

  6. Fatigue of extracted lead zirconate titanate multilayer actuators under unipolar high field electric cycling

    Wang, Hong, E-mail:; Lee, Sung-Min; Wang, James L. [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Lin, Hua-Tay [School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, 510006 (China)


    Testing of large prototype lead zirconate titanate (PZT) stacks presents substantial technical challenges to electronic testing systems, so an alternative approach that uses subunits extracted from prototypes has been pursued. Extracted 10-layer and 20-layer plate specimens were subjected to an electric cycle test under an electric field of 3.0/0.0 kV/mm, 100 Hz to 10{sup 8} cycles. The effects of measurement field level and stack size (number of PZT layers) on the fatigue responses of piezoelectric and dielectric coefficients were observed. On-line monitoring permitted examination of the fatigue response of the PZT stacks. The fatigue rate (based on on-line monitoring) and the fatigue index (based on the conductance spectrum from impedance measurement or small signal measurement) were developed to quantify the fatigue status of the PZT stacks. The controlling fatigue mechanism was analyzed against the fatigue observations. The data presented can serve as input to design optimization of PZT stacks and to operation optimization in critical applications, such as piezoelectric fuel injectors in heavy-duty diesel engines.

  7. Oxalate co-precipitation synthesis of calcium zirconate and calcium titanate powders.

    Hernandez-Sanchez, Bernadette A.; Tuttle, Bruce Andrew


    Fine powders of calcium zirconate (CaZrO{sub 3}, CZ) and calcium titanate (CaTiO{sub 3}, CT) were synthesized using a nonaqueous oxalate co-precipitation route from Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}4 H{sub 2}O and group(IV) n-butoxides (Ti(OBu{sup n}){sub 4} or Zr(OBu{sup n}){sub 4}). Several reaction conditions and batch sizes (2-35 g) were explored to determine their influence on final particle size, morphology, and phase. Characterization of the as-prepared oxalate precursors, oven dried oxalate precursors (60-90 C), and calcined powders (635-900 C) were analyzed with TGA/DTA, XRD, TEM, and SEM. Densification and sintering studies on pressed CZ pellets at 1375 and 1400 C were also performed. Through the developed oxalate co-precipitation route, densification temperatures for CZ were lowered by 125 C from the 1500 C firing temperature required for conventional mixed oxide powders. Low field electrical tests of the CZ pellets indicated excellent dielectric properties with dielectric constants of {approx}30 and a dissipation factor of 0.0004 were measured at 1 kHz.

  8. Raman analysis of ferroelectric switching in niobium-doped lead zirconate titanate thin films

    Ferrari, P. [Facultad de Física, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 7820436 (Chile); Ramos-Moore, E., E-mail: [Facultad de Física, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 7820436 (Chile); Guitar, M.A. [Functional Materials, Materials Science Department, Saarland University, Saarbrücken D-66123 (Germany); Cabrera, A.L. [Facultad de Física, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 7820436 (Chile)


    Characteristic Raman vibration modes of niobium-doped lead zirconate titanate (PNZT) are studied as a function of ferroelectric domain switching. The microstructure of PNZT is characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Ferroelectric switching is achieved by applying voltages between the top (Au) and bottom (Pt) electrodes, while acquiring the Raman spectra in situ. Vibrational active modes associated with paraelectric and ferroelectric phases are identified after measuring above and below the ferroelectric Curie temperature, respectively. Changes in the relative intensities of the Raman peaks are observed as a function of the switching voltage. The peak area associated with the ferroelectric modes is analyzed as a function of the applied voltage within one ferroelectric polarization loop, showing local maxima around the coercive voltage. This behavior can be understood in terms of the correlation between vibrational and structural properties, since ferroelectric switching modifies the interaction between the body-centered atom (Zr, Ti or Nb) and the Pb–O lattice. - Highlights: • Electric fields induce structural distortions on ferroelectric perovskites. • Ferroelectric capacitor was fabricated to perform hysteresis loops. • Raman analysis was performed in situ during ferroelectric switching. • Raman modes show hysteresis and inflections around the coercive voltages. • Data can be understood in terms of vibrational–structural correlations.

  9. Investigation of zircon/zirconia ceramics doped with {sup 239}Pu and {sup 238}Pu

    Burakov, B.E.; Anderson, E.B.; Zamoryanskaya, M.V.; Nikolaeva, E.V.; Strykanova, E.E.; Yagovkina, M.A. [V.G. Khlopin Radium Institute, Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation)


    Several samples of crystalline double-phase ceramics based on zircon, (Zr,Pu)SiO{sub 4} and zirconia, (Zr,Pu)O{sub 2}, were synthesized by sintering in air, precursors containing approximately 5-6 and 10 wt% {sup 239}Pu, respectively. One sample doped with 5-6 wt% {sup 238-39-40}Pu was also obtained under the same conditions. All ceramic samples were studied by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and MCC-1 leach test in deionized water at 90 C. Results indicate that even radiation damaged zircon/zirconia ceramics retain high chemical resistance and mechanical durability. (author)

  10. Assessment of full ceramic solid oxide fuel cells based on modified strontium titanates

    Holtappels, Peter; Ramos, Tania; Sudireddy, Bhaskar Reddy


    stimulated the development for full ceramic anodes based on strontium titanates. Furthermore, the Ni-cermet is primarily a hydrogen oxidation electrode and efficiency losses might occur when operating on carbon containing fuels. In the European project SCOTAS-SOFC full ceramic cells comprising CGO...

  11. Corrosion behavior of pyroclore-rich titanate ceramics for plutonium disposition ; impurity effects.

    Bakel, A. J.


    The baseline ceramic contains Ti, U, Ca, Hf, Gd, and Ce, and is made up of only four phases, pyrochlore, zirconolite, rutile, and brannerite. The impurities present in the three other ceramics represent impurities expected in the feed, and result in different phase distributions. The results from 3 day, 90 C MCC-1 tests with impurity ceramics were significantly different than the results from tests with the baseline ceramic. Overall, the addition of impurities to these titanate ceramics alters the phase distributions, which in turn, affects the corrosion behavior.

  12. Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric properties of (111) oriented lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate film

    Dutta, Soma, E-mail:; Antony Jeyaseelan, A.; Sruthi, S.


    Lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) thick film with molecular formula of Pb{sub 0.92}La{sub 0.08}(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}){sub 0.98}O{sub 3} was grown preferentially along (111) direction on Pt/SiO{sub 2}/Si (platinum/silicon oxide/silicon) substrate by spin coating of chemical solution. The directional growth of the film was facilitated by platinum (Pt) (111) template and rapid thermal annealing. X-ray diffraction pattern and atomic force microscopy revealed the preferential growth of the PLZT film. The film was characterized for ferroelectric and detailed piezoelectric properties in a parallel plate capacitor (metal–PLZT–metal) configuration. Ferroelectric characterization of the film showed saturated hysteresis loop with remanent polarization and coercive electric field values of 10.14 μC/cm{sup 2} and 42 kV/cm, respectively, at an applied field of 300 kV/cm. Longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient (d{sub 33,f}) was measured by employing converse piezoelectric effect where electrical charge response and displacement were measured with electrical voltage excitation on the sample electrodes. The effective transverse piezoelectric coefficient (e{sub 31,f}) was derived from charge measurement with an applied mechanical excitation strain by using the four point bending method. d{sub 33,f} and e{sub 31,f} coefficients of PLZT films were found to be 380 pm/V and − 0.831 C/m{sup 2} respectively. - Highlights: • PLZT (111) film is prepared by spin coating of chemical sol on Pt (111) template. • Piezoelectric d{sub 33} value (380 pm/V) of PLZT film is found 20% higher than PZT. • Transverse piezocoefficient e{sub 31,f} of PLZT film is reported for the first time.

  13. Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties of Lead Lanthanum Zirconate Titanate Thin Films for Capacitive Energy Storage

    Tong, Sheng

    As the increasing requirement of alternative energy with less pollution influence and higher energy efficient, new energy source and related storage methods are hot topic nowadays. Capacitors that supply high instant power are one of the keys in this application for both economic and functional design aspects. To lower the cost and increases the volumetric efficiency and reliability, relaxor thin films are considered as one of the candidates of the next generation capacitors. The research mainly focuses on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of lead lanthanum zirconate titanate or Pb1-xLax(ZryTi1-y)O3 (PLZT, x/y/1-y) relaxor thin films deposited on silicon (Si) and nickel (Ni) substrates in a range of thickness with different bottom electrodes, e.g. Platinum (Pt) and LaNiO3 (LNO). The final fabricated PLZT film capacitors will show strong potential for the energy storage application. The method adopted is the acetic acid assisted sol-gel deposition for the PLZT thin films. The wet chemical process is cost-effective and easily to scale up for plant/industrial products. We investigated the different bottom electrode/substrate influence in structure, microstructure, phases/defects, and heat-treatment conditions to achieve the optimized PLZT thin films. Issues of basic physical size effects in the PLZT thin films were also investigated, including thickness effects in the dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the films in a wide range of temperatures, the phase transition of the thin-film relaxors, lanthanum content effect, electrode-dielectric junction, misfit strain effect, etc. Based on the results and analysis, optimum PLZT film capacitors can be determined of proper substrate/electrode/dielectric that achieves the desired dielectric properties required for different applications, especially a more cost-effective method to develop volumetrically efficient capacitors with high charge density, energy density, dielectric breakdown strength, energy storage

  14. Pyroelectric response of lead zirconate titanate thin films on silicon: Effect of thermal stresses

    Kesim, M. T.; Zhang, J.; Alpay, S. P. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (United States); Trolier-McKinstry, S. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Materials Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States); Mantese, J. V. [United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, Connecticut 06118 (United States); Whatmore, R. W. [Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Dyke Parade, Cork City, County Cork (Ireland)


    Ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate [Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O){sub 3}, (PZT x:1-x)] has received considerable interest for applications related to uncooled infrared devices due to its large pyroelectric figures of merit near room temperature, and the fact that such devices are inherently ac coupled, allowing for simplified image post processing. For ferroelectric films made by industry-standard deposition techniques, stresses develop in the PZT layer upon cooling from the processing/growth temperature due to thermal mismatch between the film and the substrate. In this study, we use a non-linear thermodynamic model to investigate the pyroelectric properties of polycrystalline PZT thin films for five different compositions (PZT 40:60, PZT 30:70, PZT 20:80, PZT 10:90, PZT 0:100) on silicon as a function of processing temperature (25–800 °C). It is shown that the in-plane thermal stresses in PZT thin films alter the out-of-plane polarization and the ferroelectric phase transformation temperature, with profound effect on the pyroelectric properties. PZT 30:70 is found to have the largest pyroelectric coefficient (0.042 μC cm{sup −2} °C{sup −1}, comparable to bulk values) at a growth temperature of 550 °C; typical to what is currently used for many deposition processes. Our results indicate that it is possible to optimize the pyroelectric response of PZT thin films by adjusting the Ti composition and the processing temperature, thereby, enabling the tailoring of material properties for optimization relative to a specific deposition process.

  15. Study of samarium modified lead zirconate titanate and nickel zinc ferrite composite system

    Rani, Rekha [Department of Physics, SD PG College, Panipat 132103 (India); School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala 147004 (India); Juneja, J.K., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Hindu College, Sonepat 131001 (India); Singh, Sangeeta [Department of Physics, GVM Girls College, Sonepat 131001 (India); Raina, K.K. [School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala 147004 (India); Prakash, Chandra [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Timarpur, Delhi 110054 (India)


    In the present work, composites of samarium substituted lead zirconate titanate and nickel zinc ferrite with compositional formula 0.95Pb{sub 1−3x/2} Sm{sub x}Zr{sub 0.65}Ti{sub 0.35}O{sub 3}–0.05Ni{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x=0, 0.01, 0.02 and 0.03) were prepared by the conventional solid state route. X-ray diffraction analysis was carried out to confirm the coexistence of individual phases. Microstructural study was done by using scanning electron microscope. Dielectric constant and loss were studied as a function of temperature and frequency. To study ferroelectric and magnetic properties of the composite samples, corresponding P–E and M–H hysteresis loops were recorded. Change in magnetic properties of electrically poled composite sample (x=0.02) was studied to confirm the magnetoelectric (ME) coupling. ME coefficient (dE/dH) of the samples (x=0 and 0.02) was measured as a function of DC magnetic field. - Highlights: • We are reporting the effect of Sm substitution on PZT–NiZn ferrite composites. • Observation of both P–E and M–H loops confirms ferroelectric and magnetic ordering. • With Sm substitution, significant improvement in properties was observed. • Increase in magnetization for electrically poled sample is evidence of ME coupling. • Electric polarization is generated by applying magnetic field.

  16. Texturing of sodium bismuth titanate-barium titanate ceramics by templated grain growth

    Yilmaz, Huseyin


    Sodium bismuth titanate modified with barium titanate, (Na1/2Bi 1/2)TiO3-BaTiO3 (NBT-BT), is a candidate lead-free piezoelectric material which has been shown to have comparatively high piezoelectric response. In this work, textured (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO 3-BaTiO3 (5.5mol% BaTiO3) ceramics with pc (where pc denotes the pseudocubic perovskite cell) orientation were fabricated by Templated Grain Growth (TGG) or Reactive Templated Grain Growth (RTGG) using anisotropically shaped template particles. In the case of TGG, molten salt synthesized SrTiO3 platelets were tape cast with a (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-5.5mol%BaTiO3 powder and sintered at 1200°C for up to 12 hours. For the RTGG approach, Bi4Ti3O12 (BiT) platelets were tape cast with a Na2CO3, Bi2O3, TiO 2, and BaCO3 powder mixture and reactively sintered. The TGG approach using SrTiO3 templates gave stronger texture along [001] compared to the RTGG approach using BiT templates. The textured ceramics were characterized by X-ray and electron backscatter diffraction for the quality of texture. The texture function was quantified by the Lotgering factor, rocking curve, pole figures, inverse pole figures, and orientation imaging microscopy. Electrical and electromechanical property characterization of randomly oriented and pc textured (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO 3-5.5 mol% BaTiO3 rhombohedral ceramics showed 0.26% strain at 70 kV/cm, d33 coefficients over 500 pC/N have been obtained for highly textured samples (f ˜ 90%). The piezoelectric coefficient from Berlincourt was d33 ˜ 200 pC/N. The materials show considerable hysteresis. The presence of hysteresis in the unipolar-electric field curve is probably linked to the ferroelastic phase transition seen in the (Na 1/2Bi1/2)TiO3 system on cooling from high temperature at ˜520°C. The macroscopic physical properties (remanent polarization, dielectric constant, and piezoelectric coefficient) of random and textured ([001] pc) rhombohedral perovskites were estimated by linear averaging of single

  17. Review - Fabrication of crystal-oriented barium-bismuth titanate ceramics in high magnetic field and subsequent reaction sintering

    Satoshi Tanaka, Yusuke Tomita, Ryoichi Furushima, Hiroyuki Shimizu, Yutaka Doshida and Keizo Uematsu


    Full Text Available High magnetic field was applied to fabricate novel lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with a textured structure. A compact of crystallographically oriented grains was prepared by dry forming in a high magnetic field from a mixed slurry of bismuth titanate and barium titanate powders. Bismuth titanate particles with a size of about 1 μ m were used as the host material. In the forming process, the slurry was poured into a mold and set in a magnetic field of 10 T until completely dried. Bismuth titanate particles were highly oriented in the slurry under the magnetic field. The dried powder compact consisted of highly oriented bismuth titanate particles and randomly oriented barium titanate particles. Barium bismuth titanate ceramics with a- and b-axis orientations were successfully produced from the dried compact by sintering at temperatures above 1100 ° C.

  18. Experimental studies on 3D printing of barium titanate ceramics for medical applications

    Schult Mark


    Full Text Available The present work deals with the 3D printing of porous barium titanate ceramics. Barium titanate is a biocompatible material with piezoelectric properties. Due to insufficient flowability of the starting material for 3D printing, the barium titanate raw material has been modified in three different ways. Firstly, barium titanate powder has been calcined. Secondly, flow additives have been added to the powder. And thirdly, flow additives have been added to the calcined powder. Finally, a polymer has been added to the three materials and specimens have been printed from these three material mixtures. The 3D printed parts were then sintered at 1320°C. The sintering leads to shrinkage which differs between 29.51–71.53% for the tested material mixtures. The porosity of the parts is beneficial for cell growth which is relevant for future medical applications. The results reported in this study demonstrate the possibility to fabricate porous piezoelectric barium titanate parts with a 3D printer that can be used for medical applications. 3D printed porous barium titanate ceramics can especially be used as scaffold for bone tissue engineering, where the bone formation can be promoted by electrical stimulation.

  19. Thermal shock behavior of toughened gadolinium zirconate/YSZ double-ceramic-layered thermal barrier coating

    Zhong, Xinghua, E-mail:; Zhao, Huayu; Zhou, Xiaming; Liu, Chenguang; Wang, Liang; Shao, Fang; Yang, Kai; Tao, Shunyan; Ding, Chuanxian


    Highlights: • Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}/YSZ DCL thermal barrier coating was designed and fabricated. • The Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} top ceramic layer was toughened by addition of nanostructured 3YSZ. • Remarkable improvement in thermal shock resistance of the DCL coating was achieved. - Abstract: Double-ceramic-layered (DCL) thermal barrier coating system comprising of toughened Gadolinium zirconate (Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}, GZ) as the top ceramic layer and 4.5 mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} partially-stabilized ZrO{sub 2} (4.5YSZ) as the bottom ceramic layer was fabricated by plasma spraying and thermal shock behavior of the DCL coating was investigated. The GZ top ceramic layer was toughened by addition of nanostructured 3 mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} partially-stabilized ZrO{sub 2} (3YSZ) to improve fracture toughness of the matrix. The thermal shock resistance of the DCL coating was enhanced significantly compared to that of single-ceramic-layered (SCL) GZ-3YSZ composite coating, which is believed to be primarily attributed to the two factors: (i) the increase in fracture toughness of the top ceramic layer by incorporating nanostructured YSZ particles and (ii) the improvement in strain tolerance through the utilization of 4.5YSZ as the bottom ceramic layer. In addition, the failure mechanisms are mainly attributed to the still low fracture toughness of the top ceramic layer and oxidation of the bond-coat.

  20. Full Ceramic Fuel Cells Based on Strontium Titanate Anodes, An Approach Towards More Robust SOFCs

    Holtappels, Peter; Irvine, J.T.S.; Iwanschitz, B.


    The persistent problems with Ni-YSZ cermet based SOFCs, with respect to redox stability and tolerance towards sulfur has stimulated the development of a full ceramic cell based on strontium titanate(ST)- based anodes and anode support materials, within the EU FCH JU project SCOTAS-SOFC. Three...

  1. Scandium doped Strontium Titanate Ceramics: Structure, Microstructure, and Dielectric Properties

    Tkach, Alexander


    Full Text Available Sc-doped strontium titanate (ST ceramics were synthesised by solid state reaction, according to the composition Sr1-1.5xScxTiO3 with x = 0-0.01. Structural properties and microstructure development was examined by XRD and SEM. The dielectric properties were evaluated as a function of the temperature and frequency in the radio frequency range. Lattice parameter, density and grain size, were found to decrease slightly with increasing Sc content. The dielectric permittivity and losses decrease also. Sc-doping has only a weak effect on the quantum paraelectric behaviour of ST and no dielectric anomaly was observed, what is probably related to the limited solubility of Sc on the Sr site of the perovskite lattice of ST.

    Se sintetizaron materiales cerámicos de titanato de estroncio dopado con escandio mediante reacción en estado sólido De acuerdo a la composición Sr1-1.5xScxTiO3 con x= 0-0.1. Las propiedades estructurales y el desarrollo microestructural se estudiaron mediante XRD y SEM. La propiedades dieléctricas se estudiaron como función de la temperatura y de la frecuencia en el rango de la frecuencias de radio. Se observó que los parámetros de red, la densidad y el tamaño del grano disminuyen ligeramente con el contenido en Sc. La permitividad dieléctrica y las perdidas también disminuyen. El dopado con Sc tiene un efecto muy ligero sobre el comportamiento paraeléctrico cuántico del titanato de estroncio y no se observó anomalías dioeléctricas , lo que está probablemente relacionado con la baja solubilidad del Sc en posiciones del Sr en la estructura tipo perovskita del titanato de estroncio.

  2. Microstructural and Electrical Characterization of Barium Strontium Titanate-Based Solid Solution Thin Films Deposited on Ceramic Substrates by Pulsed Laser Deposition


    Strontium Titanate-Based Solid Solution Thin Films Deposited on Ceramic Substrates by Pulsed Laser Deposition DISTRIBUTION: Approved for public...Society H2.4 Microstructural and Electrical Characterization of Barium Strontium Titanate- based Solid Solution Thin Films Deposited on Ceramic...investigated and report the microstructural and electrical characterization of selected barium strontium titanate-based solid solution thin films

  3. Dielectric and Piezoelectric Properties of Sodium Bismuth Titanate Ceramics with KCe Substitution

    XU Jian-Xiu; ZHAO Liang; ZHANG Cheng-Ju


    @@ The piezoelectric properties of the (KCe)-substituted sodium bismuth titanate (Na0.5Bi4.5 Ti4O15, NBT) piezo-electric ceramics are investigated. The piezoelectric properties of NBT ceramics are significantly enhanced by (KCe) substitution. The Curie temperature Tc, and piezoelectric coefficient d33 for the (KCe)-substituted NBT are found to be 663°C, and 27pC/N, respectively. Dielectric and annealing spectroscopy present that the (KCe) co-substituted NBT piezoelectric ceramics possess stable piezoelectric properties.

  4. Generation of electrical energy using lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5A) piezoelectric material: Analytical, numerical and experimental verifications

    Butt, Zubair; Ahmad, Nasir [Dept. of Mechanical, Mechatronics and Manufacturing Engineering, UET Lahore, Faisalabad Campus, Lahore (Pakistan); Pasha, Riffat Asim; Qayyum, Faisal; Anjum, Zeeshan [Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila (Pakistan); Elahi, Hassan [Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian (China)


    Energy harvesting is the process of attaining energy from the external sources and transforming it into usable electrical energy. An analytical model of piezoelectric energy harvester has been developed to determine the output voltage across an electrical circuit when it is forced to undergo a base excitation. This model gives an easy approach to design and investigate the behavior of piezoelectric material. Numerical simulations have been carried out to determine the effect of frequency and loading on a Lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5A) piezoelectric material. It has been observed that the output voltage from the harvester increases when loading increases whereas its resonance frequency decreases. The analytical results were found to be in good agreement with the experimental and numerical simulation results.

  5. Effect of temperature and loading on output voltage of lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5A) piezoelectric energy harvester

    Butt, Z.; Pasha, R. A.


    Energy harvesting is the process of acquiring energy from the external sources and then further used to drive any system. Piezoelectric material was operated at various temperature but the characterization of the material mostly performed at room temperature. The depolarization in piezoelectric material occurs when the material is heated to its curie temperature and when mechanical stresses are high to disturb the properties of the material. The aim of this paper is to study the performance of lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5A) piezoelectric material under various temperatures and loading conditions. The output voltage of piezoelectric material decreases with increase of temperature. It was found that output voltage from the harvester increases when loading increases while its temperature decreases.

  6. Thickness effect on the structure, grain size, and local piezoresponse of self-polarized lead lanthanum zirconate titanate thin films

    Melo, M.; Araújo, E. B., E-mail: [Departamento de Física e Química, Faculdade de Engenharia de Ilha Solteira, UNESP—Univ. Estadual Paulista, 15385-000 Ilha Solteira, SP (Brazil); Shvartsman, V. V. [Institute for Materials Science, University Duisburg-Essen, 45141 Essen (Germany); Shur, V. Ya. [Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Kholkin, A. L. [Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Department of Physics and CICECO—Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal)


    Polycrystalline lanthanum lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) thin films were deposited on Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates to study the effects of the thickness and grain size on their structural and piezoresponse properties at nanoscale. Thinner PLZT films show a slight (100)-orientation tendency that tends to random orientation for the thicker film, while microstrain and crystallite size increases almost linearly with increasing thickness. Piezoresponse force microscopy and autocorrelation function technique were used to demonstrate the existence of local self-polarization effect and to study the thickness dependence of correlation length. The obtained results ruled out the bulk mechanisms and suggest that Schottky barriers near the film-substrate are likely responsible for a build-in electric field in the films. Larger correlation length evidence that this build-in field increases the number of coexisting polarization directions in larger grains leading to an alignment of macrodomains in thinner films.

  7. Preparation of lead titanate zirconate from metal citrates; Preparacao do titanato zirconato de chumbo a partir dos citratos metalicos

    Bastos, C.M.R.


    Lead titanate zirconate (PZT) preparation from its metal constituent citrates have been investigated. Metal citrates were obtained by forced precipitation using a dehydration alcohol mixture. Salt solutions of lead nitrate and octahydrated zirconyl chloride, and titanium tetrachloride were treated separately with citric acid and ammonium hydroxide. Zirconium, titanium and lead oxides resulted from thermal decomposition of corresponding citrates at 500{sup 0} C, 450{sup 0} C and 250{sup 0} C, respectively. Lead titanate (PT) and lead zirconate (P Z) were obtained by calcining at 450{sup 0} C and 500{sup 0} C, respectively, after adequate heating of citrates mechanically mixed in ethyl ether. PZT samples were obtained with different starting stoichiometry. Rhombohedral PZT-1 53/47 sample was prepared from co precipitating zirconyl ammonium and ammonium lead citrates in presence of ethanolic titanium oxide dispersion, and calcinating at 800{sup 0} C. Rhombohedral PZT-q 52/48 sample was obtained from heating at 500{sup 0} C for 2 hours a mixture of metal citrates coprecipitated by dehydration mixture of acetone-ethanol-formic acid (2:1:0,06). Tetragonal PZT-m stoichiometry 53/47 sample were obtained by calcining at after 600{sup 0} C for 2 hours after heating a mechanically mixed metal citrates. PT phase arose at 400{sup 0} C. PZT-m powders obtained in a range of 400{sup 0} C-800{sup 0} C were isostatically pressed, and sintered at 1100{sup 0} C and 1200{sup 0} C in saturated Pb O atmosphere. Rhombohedral sintered PZT was obtained with 7,78{sup -3} at 1200{sup 0} C. (author). 123 refs, 53 figs, 32 tabs.

  8. Preparation and Sintering Effect in Quartz-Barium Titanate Porous Ceramics and Permeability Modulation Using an Implanted Electrode

    Ernesto Suaste Gómez


    Full Text Available Barium titanate and quartz mixed in different proportions were used to create porous piezoelectric ceramics. Three different sintering temperatures were used for the ceramics preparation; a nichrome wire was used as internal electrode in porous ceramics. Characteristics as porous area, porosity, and its relationship with quartz percentage and sintering temperatures were studied. Porous ceramics with an implanted electrode were created, by applying an alternating voltage in the internal electrode that controlled the liquid permeability coefficient, calculated by the Darcy Law.

  9. Chemical characterisation of zircon-cadmium sulfoselenide ceramic pigments; Caracterizacion quimica de pigmentos ceramicos a base de sulfoseleniuro de cadmio

    Gazulla Barreda, M. F.; Rodrigo Edo, M.; Blasco Roca, E.; Orduna Cordero, M.


    The present paper addresses the development of a methodology that allows the complete chemical characterisation of zircon cadmium sulfoselenide ceramic pigments including minor and major elements. To develop the methodology, five zircon-cadmium sulfoselenide pigments with different hues were selected, studying the different measurement process steps, from sample preparation to the optimisation of the measurement of the different components of the pigments by spectroscopic techniques (WD-XRF and elemental analysis by combustion and IR detection). The chemical characterisation method developed was validated with synthetic standards prepared from the mixture of certified reference materials and pure oxides because no certified referenced materials of this type of pigments were commercially available. The developed method can be used for a complete chemical characterization of zircon-cadmium sulfoselenide ceramic pigments with a very low uncertainty for all the elements analysed. (Author)

  10. The durability of single, dual, and multiphase titanate ceramic waste forms for nuclear waste immobilization

    Harkins, Devin J. H.

    A significant amount of the energy used in the United States comes from nuclear power, which produces a large amount of waste materials. Recycling nuclear waste is possible, but requires a way to permanently fix the unusable radionuclides remaining from the recycling process in a stable, leach resistant structure. Multiphase titanate ceramic waste forms are one promising option under consideration. However, there is insufficient work on the long term corrosion of the individual phases, as well as the multiphase systems of these ceramics. These multiphase titanate ceramic waste forms have three targeted phases: hollandite, pyrochlore, and zirconolite. Hollandite is a promising candidate for the incorporation of Cs, while pyrochlore is readily formed with lanthanides, such as Nd, the most prevalent lanthanide in the waste stream. The third targeted phase, zirconolite, is for the incorporation of zirconium and the actinides. This work looks into the formation of single phase systems of lanthanide titanates, formation of dual phase systems of Ga doped Ba hollandites and Nd titanate, durability of single phase hollandites and multiphase model systems using Vapor Hydration Testing (ASTM C 1663-09), dissolution of dual phase systems of Ga doped Ba hollandites and Nd titanate using Product Consistency Testing (ASTM C 1285-02), as well investigating how grain size affects amount of alterative phases formed using Vapor Hydration Testing. The dual phase systems of hollandites and Nd titanate show significant amounts of secondary phases forming, heavily influenced by the composition of hollandite used in the systems. The most significant phase present was BaNd2Ti5O14. This phase proves to be problematic due to the degradation to the hollandite structure. Using Vapor Hydration Testing to investigate single and multiphase systems presented many some possible alteration phases that could occur in the long term aging of these ceramics. Most notably, Cs rich phases were found in

  11. Synthesis and characterization of nickel oxide doped barium strontium titanate ceramics

    Banerjee, M. [Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Bengal Institute of Technology Kolkata (India); Mukherjee, S. [Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata (India); Maitra, S. [Govt. College of Engg. and Ceramic Technology, Kolkata (India)


    Barium strontium titanate (BST) ceramics (Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4})TiO{sub 3} were synthesized by solid state sintering using barium carbonate, strontium carbonate and rutile as the precursor materials. The samples were doped with nickel oxide in different proportions. Different phases present in the sintered samples were determined from X-ray diffraction investigation and the distribution of different phases in the microstructure was assessed from scanning electron microscopy study. It was observed that the dielectric properties of BST were modified significantly with nickel oxide doping. These ceramics held promise for applications in tuned circuits. (author)

  12. Effects of Dysprosium Oxide Doping on Microstructure and Properties of Barium Titanate Ceramic

    Pu Yongping; Ren Huijun; Chen Wei; Chen Shoutian


    Different amounts of dysprosium oxide were incorporated into barium titanate powders synthesized by hydrothermal method. Relations of substitution behaviors and lattice parameters with solid-solubility were studied. Furthermore, the influences of dysprosium oxide doping fraction on grain size and dielectric properties of barium titanate ceramic, including dielectric constant and breakdown electric field strength, were investigated via scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and electric property tester. The results show that dysprosium oxide can restrain abnormal grain growth during sintering and that fine-grained and high density of barium titanate ceramic can result in excellent dielectric properties. As mass fraction of dysprosium oxide is 0.6%, the lattice parameters of grain increase to the maximum because of the lowest vacancy concentration. The electric property parameters are cited as following: dielectric constant (25 ℃) reaches 4100, the change in relative dielectric constant with temperature is -10% to 10% within the range of -15~100 ℃, breakdown electric field strength (alternating current) achieves 3.2 kV·mm-1, which can be used in manufacturing high voltage ceramic capacitors.

  13. Understanding Microstructural Properties of Perovskite Ceramics through Their Wet-Chemical Synthesis

    Stawski, Tomasz


    This thesis comprises of seven full research chapters on the morphology, properties and processing of sol-gel precursor systems of barium titanate and lead zirconate titanate thin films and powders. In all the considered problems, the synthesis leading to nano-sized perovskite ceramics constitutes

  14. Titan

    Müller-Wodarg, Ingo; Griffith, Caitlin A.; Lellouch, Emmanuel; Cravens, Thomas E.


    Introduction I. C. F. Müller-Wodarg, C. A. Griffith, E. Lellouch and T. E. Cravens; Prologue 1: the genesis of Cassini-Huygens W.-H. Ip, T. Owen and D. Gautier; Prologue 2: building a space flight instrument: a P.I.'s perspective M. Tomasko; 1. The origin and evolution of Titan G. Tobie, J. I. Lunine, J. Monteux, O. Mousis and F. Nimmo; 2. Titan's surface geology O. Aharonson, A. G. Hayes, P. O. Hayne, R. M. Lopes, A. Lucas and J. T. Perron; 3. Thermal structure of Titan's troposphere and middle atmosphere F. M. Flasar, R. K. Achterberg and P. J. Schinder; 4. The general circulation of Titan's lower and middle atmosphere S. Lebonnois, F. M. Flasar, T. Tokano and C. E. Newman; 5. The composition of Titan's atmosphere B. Bézard, R. V. Yelle and C. A. Nixon; 6. Storms, clouds, and weather C. A. Griffith, S. Rafkin, P. Rannou and C. P. McKay; 7. Chemistry of Titan's atmosphere V. Vuitton, O. Dutuit, M. A. Smith and N. Balucani; 8. Titan's haze R. West, P. Lavvas, C. Anderson and H. Imanaka; 9. Titan's upper atmosphere: thermal structure, dynamics, and energetics R. V. Yelle and I. C. F. Müller-Wodarg; 10. Titan's upper atmosphere/exosphere, escape processes, and rates D. F. Strobel and J. Cui; 11. Titan's ionosphere M. Galand, A. J. Coates, T. E. Cravens and J.-E. Wahlund; 12. Titan's magnetospheric and plasma environment J.-E. Wahlund, R. Modolo, C. Bertucci and A. J. Coates.

  15. Damage-free patterning of ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate thin films for microelectromechanical systems via contact printing

    Welsh, Aaron

    This thesis describes the utilization and optimization of the soft lithographic technique, microcontact printing, to additively pattern ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films for application in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). For this purpose, the solution wetting, pattern transfer, printing dynamics, stamp/substrate configurations, and processing damages were optimized for incorporation of PZT thin films into a bio-mass sensor application. This patterning technique transfers liquid ceramic precursors onto a device stack in a desired configuration either through pattern definition in the stamp, substrate or both surfaces. It was determined that for ideal transfer of the pattern from the stamp to the substrate surface, wetting between the solution and the printing surface is paramount. To this end, polyurethane-based stamp surfaces were shown to be wet uniformly by polar solutions. Patterned stamp surfaces revealed that printing from raised features onto flat substrates could be accomplished with a minimum feature size of 5 mum. Films patterned by printing as a function of thickness (0.1 to 1 mum) showed analogous functional properties to continuous films that were not patterned. Specifically, 1 mum thick PZT printed features had a relative permittivity of 1050 +/- 10 and a loss tangent of 2.0 +/- 0.4 % at 10 kHz; remanent polarization was 30 +/- 0.4 muC/cm 2 and the coercive field was 45 +/- 1 kV/cm; and a piezoelectric coefficient e31,f of -7 +/- 0.4 C/m2. No pinching in the minor hysteresis loops or splitting of the first order reversal curve (FORC) distributions was observed. Non-uniform distribution of the solution over the printed area becomes more problematic as feature size is decreased. This resulted in solutions printed from 5 mum wide raised features exhibiting a parabolic shape with sidewall angles of ˜ 1 degree. As an alternative, printing solutions from recesses in the stamp surface resulted in more uniform solution thickness

  16. Interactions between lead-zirconate titanate, polyacrylic acid, and polyvinyl butyral in ethanol and their influence on electrophoretic deposition behavior.

    Kuscer, Danjela; Bakarič, Tina; Kozlevčar, Bojan; Kosec, Marija


    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is an attractive method for the fabrication of a few tens of micrometer-thick piezoelectric layers on complex-shape substrates that are used for manufacturing high-frequency transducers. Niobium-doped lead-zirconate titanate (PZT Nb) particles were stabilized in ethanol using poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). With Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), we found that the deprotonated carboxylic group from the PAA is coordinated with the metal in the perovskite PZT Nb structure, resulting in a stable ethanol-based suspension. The hydroxyl group from the polyvinyl butyral added into the suspension to prevent the formation of cracks in the as-deposited layer did not interact with the PAA-covered PZT Nb particles. PVB acts as a free polymer in ethanol-based suspensions. The electrophoretic deposition of micro- and nanometer-sized PZT Nb particles from ethanol-based suspensions onto electroded alumina substrates was attempted in order to obtain uniform, crack-free deposits. The interactions between the PZT Nb particles, the PAA, and the PVB in ethanol will be discussed and related to the properties of the suspensions, the deposition yield and the morphology of the as-deposited PZT Nb thick film.

  17. Real time monitoring of spot-welded joints under service load using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) transducers

    Yao, Ping; Zheng, Botong; Dawood, Mina; Huo, Linsheng; Song, Gangbing


    This paper proposes a nondestructive method to evaluate the health status of resistance spot-welded (RSW) joint under service load using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) active sensing system, in which the PZT transducers were used as both actuator and sensor. The physical principle of the approach was validated through a numerical analysis showing that an opening between the faying faces at the welded joint occurred under tension load. The opening decreased the contact area hence reduced the amplitude of the stress wave received by the PZT sensor. Therefore, by comparing the energy index of the signals before and after the loading, the health condition of the joint can be evaluated. Five ST14 steel single lap joint specimens were tested under tension load while being monitored by the PZT sensing system and digital image correlation (DIC) system in real time. The data obtained from the DIC system validated the numerical results. By comparing the energy index of the signal obtained from the PZT sensing system before and after unloading, it was concluded that the RSW joint was intact after being loaded to the service load. The proposed method is promising in evaluating the health condition of RSW joint nondestructively.

  18. Active layers of high-performance lead zirconate titanate at temperatures compatible with silicon nano- and microelecronic devices

    Bretos, Iñigo; Jiménez, Ricardo; Tomczyk, Monika; Rodríguez-Castellón, Enrique; Vilarinho, Paula M.; Calzada, M. Lourdes


    Applications of ferroelectric materials in modern microelectronics will be greatly encouraged if the thermal incompatibility between inorganic ferroelectrics and semiconductor devices is overcome. Here, solution-processable layers of the most commercial ferroelectric compound – morphotrophic phase boundary lead zirconate titanate, namely Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) – are grown on silicon substrates at temperatures well below the standard CMOS process of semiconductor technology. The method, potentially transferable to a broader range of Zr:Ti ratios, is based on the addition of crystalline nanoseeds to photosensitive solutions of PZT resulting in perovskite crystallization from only 350 °C after the enhanced decomposition of metal precursors in the films by UV irradiation. A remanent polarization of 10.0 μC cm‑2 is obtained for these films that is in the order of the switching charge densities demanded for FeRAM devices. Also, a dielectric constant of ~90 is measured at zero voltage which exceeds that of current single-oxide candidates for capacitance applications. The multifunctionality of the films is additionally demonstrated by their pyroelectric and piezoelectric performance. The potential integration of PZT layers at such low fabrication temperatures may redefine the concept design of classical microelectronic devices, besides allowing inorganic ferroelectrics to enter the scene of the emerging large-area, flexible electronics.

  19. Scaling and disorder analysis of local I-V curves from ferroelectric thin films of lead zirconate titanate.

    Maksymovych, Peter; Pan, Minghu; Yu, Pu; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Baddorf, Arthur P; Kalinin, Sergei V


    Differential analysis of current-voltage characteristics, obtained on the surface of epitaxial films of ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate (Pb(Zr(0.2)Ti(0.8))O(3)) using scanning probe microscopy, was combined with spatially resolved mapping of variations in local conductance to differentiate between candidate mechanisms of local electronic transport and the origin of disorder. Within the assumed approximations, electron transport was inferred to be determined by two mechanisms depending on the magnitude of applied bias, with the low-bias range dominated by the trap-assisted Fowler-Nordheim tunneling through the interface and the high-bias range limited by the hopping conduction through the bulk. Phenomenological analysis of the I-V curves has further revealed that the transition between the low- and high-bias regimes is manifested both in the strength of variations within the I-V curves sampled across the surface, as well as the spatial distribution of conductance. Spatial variations were concluded to originate primarily from the heterogeneity of the interfacial electronic barrier height with an additional small contribution from random changes in the tip-contact geometry.

  20. Comparison of lead zirconate titanate thin films for microelectromechanical energy harvester with interdigitated and parallel plate electrodes.

    Chidambaram, Nachiappan; Mazzalai, Andrea; Balma, Davide; Muralt, Paul


    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films on insulator- buffered silicon substrates with interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) have the potential to harvest more energy than parallel plate electrode (PPE) structures because the former exploit the longitudinal piezoelectric effect, which is about twice as high as the transverse piezoelectric effect used by PPE structures. In this work, both options are compared with respect to dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties, leakage currents, and figure of merit (FOM) for energy harvesting. The test samples were silicon beams with {100} PZT thin films in the case of the PPE geometry, and random PZT thin films for the IDE geometry. Both films were obtained by an identical sol-gel route. Almost the same dielectric constants were derived when the conformal mapping method was applied for the IDE capacitor to correct for the IDE geometry. The dielectric loss was smaller in the IDE case. The ferroelectric loops showed a higher saturation polarization, a higher coercive field, and less back-switching for the IDE case. The leakage current density of the IDE structure was measured to be about 4 orders of magnitude lower than that of the PPE structure. The best FOM of the IDE structures was 20% superior to that of the PPE structures while also having a voltage response that was ten times higher (12.9 mV/μ strain).

  1. Aging Effect on Lanthanum Doped Ferroelectric Lead Titanate Ceramics


    Ferroelectric devices are widely applied in many fields, such as energy conversion and communication. The aging effect in ferroelectric materials plays a central role in the reliability of the related equipments. But it is very difficult to understand the origin of aging effect in ferroelectrics because these materials possess different defects and exhibit various aging behavior. The reverse transition temperature in lead titanate doped with lanthanum increases during aging at ferroelectric phase was reported. It is well known that lattice defects, such as vacancies and solute atoms, are ubiquitous in crystalline solids. These point defects affect physical properties in ferroelectrics significantly. The abnormal increase of the reverse transition temperature was discussed in terms of diffusion of point defects during aging. Dielectric performance in the material after aging was measured and discussed as well.

  2. Investigation of ferroelectric properties on nanocrystalline barium titanate ceramics

    DENG Xiangyun; WANG Xiaohui; LI Dejun; LI Longtu


    Dense nanocrystalline BaTiO3(BT) ceramics with 50 nm average grain size obtained by spark plasma sintering were investigated.The dielectric data showed a ferropara phase transition with a maximum permittivity of 1,602 at 1 20℃ and at 1 kHZ.The polarization reversal characteristics were measured,and the typical piezoelectric hysteresis loop was recorded.The asymmetry of permanent polarization and coercive field in polarization-electric field curves were obtained and attributed to the existence of an internal electric field.The present results provide experimental evidence,indicating that if a critical grain size exists for ferroelectricity,then it is less than 50 nm for polycrystalline BT ceramics.

  3. Structure-property relations in Sr, Nb, Ba doped lead zirconate titanate

    Zheng, H


    rhombohedral or tetragonal forms or as mixture of the two (MPB), depending on Zi:Ti ratio. Zr:Ti ratio strongly affected d sub 3 sub 3 , which was maximised in the tetragonal phase close to, but not at, the MPB. Sr sup 2 sup + substitution on the A-site promoted tetragonality in PZT, greatly reducing T sub C , and broadening the dielectric maximum. As the Sr sup 2 sup + content was increased, Zr:Ti ratio was adjusted to maximise d sub 3 sub 3 and the optimised d sub 3 sub 3 values increased from 410 pC/N (Sr sup 2 sup + = 0) to 640 pC/N (Sr sup 2 sup + = 0.12), commensurate with a decrease in the T sub C. However, for ceramics where Sr sup 2 sup + > 0.12, optimised d sub 3 sub 3 decreased with respect to the values for ceramics where Sr sup 2 sup + = 0.12 even though T sub C was lowered. Electron diffraction patterns revealed superlattice reflections occurring at 1/2 left brace hkl right brace positions associated with rotations of oxygen octahedra in anti-phase. It was suggested that Sr sup 2 sup + substitut...

  4. Experimental Determination of Effect of Variable Resistance on Lead ZirconateTitanate (PZT-5A4Eunder various Thermal and Frequency Conditions

    Hassan Elahi


    Full Text Available A specially designed apparatus and circuit working on the principle of inverse piezoelectricity due to the effect of polarization was used to find the relationship between resistance and peak to peak voltage of Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT-5A4E by shocking it at variable frequencies and at variable resistances under various thermal conditions within Curie temperature limit using equivalent circuit method. It was found that by increasing temperature, peak to peak voltage increases and similarly by increasing frequency, peak to peak voltage decreases and with the increase in resistance peak to peak voltage decreases.

  5. Drop-by-drop deposition of ceramic slurry for fabrication of PZT microstructures

    Klintberg, Lena; Thornell, Greger; Johansson, Stefan A. I.


    Most of the techniques available for ceramic microprocessing, e.g. tape casting, sputtering and sol-gel processing suffer from lack of geometrical flexibility although they often allow for good thickness control. With the interest for ceramic material in MST, especially the piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate, often involving more complex geometries, development of complementary technologies seems motivated.

  6. Dielectric properties of barium strontium titanate / non ferroelectric oxide ceramic composites

    Nenez, S. [THALES, Domaine de Corbeville, Orsay (France); Univ. de Bourgogne, Lab. de Recherche sur la Reactivite des Solides, Dijon (France); Morell, A.; Pate, M.; Ganne, J.P. [THALES, Domaine de Corbeville, Orsay (France); Maglione, M. [Inst. de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux - CNRS, Pessac (France); Niepce, J.C. [Univ. de Bourgogne, Lab. de Recherche sur la Reactivite des Solides, Dijon (France)


    Barium strontium titanate ceramics present high dielectric permittivity and tunability. In order to reduce their permittivity and loss tangent while keeping tunability, various composites of barium strontium titanate oxide Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} combined with non-ferroelectric oxides such as magnesium titanate MgTiO{sub 3} or magnesia MgO were investigated. The Ba-Sr oxide powder was mixed with 20, 40 or 60 wt% of the non-ferroelectric oxide (NFO). The paper discusses the processing and the material characterisations by X-ray diffraction and SEM. A secondary phase BaMg{sub 6}Ti{sub 6}O{sub 19} was detected only in the composites synthesised with MgTiO{sub 3}. The microstructure and the dielectric characteristics are presented and discussed. A correlation between the microstructure of the composites, including secondary phase and the dielectric properties is proposed. (orig.)

  7. Dopant Behaviours of Sm2O3 on Microstructure and Properties of Barium Zirconium Titanate Ceramics

    王永力; 李龙土; 齐建全; 桂治轮


    The effect of Sm2O3-dopant on the sintering characteristics and dielectric properties of barium zirconium titanate ceramics (BaZrxTi1-xO3) was investigated. It is shown that trace amount of Sm2O3 can greatly affect the grain growth and densification of barium zirconium titanate ceramics during sintering. At the same time, the dielectric peak at high temperature shifts to lower temperature and that at low temperature shifts to higher temperature. The two dielectric peaks overlap with each other when the Sm2O3-dopant content varies from 0.25% to 1%, and the maximum relative dielectric constant is greatly enhanced. These effects may be attributed to the substitution actions of the rare earth element in perovskite lattice. At the doping content of 0.75%, the dielectric constant maximum of 23570 can be obtained. By adopting some proper additives, an excellent Y5V dielective material is obtained, and the room temperature properties are as follows: relative dielectric constant εRT≥23,000, dielectric loss tgδ≤0.0075 and the breakdown strength under alternating field Eb≥5 kV·mm-1.

  8. Maximising electro-mechanical response by minimising grain-scale strain heterogeneity in phase-change actuator ceramics

    Oddershede, Jette; Hossain, Mohammad Jahangir; Daniels, John E.


    Phase-change actuator ceramics directly couple electrical and mechanical energies through an electric-field-induced phase transformation. These materials are promising for the replacement of the most common electro-mechanical ceramic, lead zirconate titanate, which has environmental concerns. Her...

  9. Mn and Sm doped lead titanate ceramic fibers and fiber/epoxy 13 composites

    Li, Kun; Pang, Geoffrey; Wa Chan, Helen Lai; Choy, Chung Loong; Li, Jin-hua


    Manganese and samarium doped lead titanate [Pb0.85Sm0.10(Ti0.98Mn0.02)O3, PSmT] fibers were prepared by sol-gel method. The micrographs obtained using scanning electron microscope show that PSmT ceramic fibers are round and dense. The diameter of the fibers was in the range of 30-35 μm. The crystalline grains size is ˜2.5 μm. The micrographs obtained using transmission electron microscope also unveiled the layer-by-layer 90° domains in the grains. X-ray diffraction patterns of the fibers show that PSmT ceramics have a pure perovskite structure. The c/a ratio of the unit cell was 1.04. The PSmT fiber/epoxy 1-3 composites were fabricated by filling the ceramic fiber bundle with epoxy. The dielectric permittivity ɛ, electromechanical coefficient kt, and the piezoelectric constant d33 of PSmT fiber/epoxy 1-3 composites with 68% fiber loading were 118, 0.51, and 48 pC/N, respectively. The hysteresis loop of the composites was measured by the Sawyer-Tower method. It was also found that the composites could withstand an electric field of 15 kV/mm at room temperature.

  10. Properties of Lead Zirconate Titanate Ceramics Determined Using Microwave and Hot-Press Hybrid Sintering Process

    Takahashi, Hirofumi; Kato, Kazuaki; Qiu, Jinhao; Tani, Junji; Nagata, Kunihiro


    Piezoelectric materials play an important role in smart material and structural systems, and high-performance piezoelectric actuators with larger force and displacement output are in demand. It was shown in our previous work that the hybrid sintering process using a 28 GHz microwave technique and hot pressing offers advantages over conventional technologies reference. It was also confirmed that the maximum achieved value of piezoelectric constant d31 of the specimens of the hybrid-sintering process is approximately 360× 10-12 m/V, which is about 38% larger than 260× 10-12 m/V, the d31 of the conventionally sintered specimens. In this study, the material properties, including electromechanical coupling factor, Young’s modulus, frequency constant, Curie temperature and dielectric constant, of the specimens fabricated with the microwave sintering process were further investigated for different sintering temperatures. The Curie point Tc decreases, but the dielectric constant \\varepsilonr at Tc increases with the grain size of specimens for all sintering methods. The influence of grain size on Tc and \\varepsilonr can be attributed to the residual stress induced by the lattice mismatch between the cubic phase and the tetragonal-rhombohedral mixed phase.

  11. Pre-transitional evolution of central peaks and transverse acoustic phonon branch in single crystal lead zirconate titanate with Ti concentration 0.7%

    Andronikova, D. A.; Bronwald, I. A.; Burkovsky, R. G.; Leontiev, I. N.; Leontiev, N. G.; Bosak, A. A.; Filimonov, A. V.; Vakhrushev, S. B.


    Inelastic X-ray scattering measurements have been done to study the lattice dynamics in lead zirconate titanate solid solution with 0.7% of PbTiO3. The temperature evolution of central peak and low-energy transverse phonon branches has been traced. Temperature dependent in-plane transverse polarized acoustic phonon branch in direction has been revealed. The central peaks of two types have been found. The central peak at small wave vectors can be attributed to the relaxational-type soft ferroelectric mode, while the latter at Q = (1.5 -0.5 0) could be linked to the formation of M-superstructure in the intermediate ferroelectric phase.

  12. X-Band Microwave Reflection Properties of Samarium/Bismuth-Substituted Barium Lanthanum Titanate Ceramics

    Bahel, Shalini; Pubby, Kunal; Narang, Sukhleen Bindra


    Samarium/bismuth-substituted barium lanthanum titanate ceramics with chemical composition Ba4 (La_{1 - y - z} Smy Biz )_{9.33} Ti_{18} O_{54} (y = 0.5, 0.7; z = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15), intended as microwave reflecting materials, have been investigated in microwave X-band (8.2 GHz to 12.4 GHz) and the effect of substitution on their dielectric properties, i.e., dielectric constant and dielectric loss tangent, has been studied by vector network analyzer. Dielectric analysis showed that the dielectric constant increased with increasing samarium as well as bismuth content. Dielectric relaxation was observed for all samples in the scanned frequency range. Microwave reflection and transmission analysis of ceramic pellets of thickness 4 mm was carried out using two methods, i.e., open- and short-circuit approach, both indicating very high values of reflected power and very low values of transmitted power for all the doped materials in comparison with the base composition. The doped compositions are therefore potential microwave shielding materials for use in anechoic chambers, microwave laboratories, and radar equipment. Double-layer reflectors are also proposed, having better reflection properties (˜99% reflection) compared with single-layer reflectors.

  13. X-Band Microwave Reflection Properties of Samarium/Bismuth-Substituted Barium Lanthanum Titanate Ceramics

    Bahel, Shalini; Pubby, Kunal; Narang, Sukhleen Bindra


    Samarium/bismuth-substituted barium lanthanum titanate ceramics with chemical composition Ba4 (La_{1 - y - z} Smy Biz )_{9.33} Ti_{18} O_{54} ( y = 0.5, 0.7; z = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15), intended as microwave reflecting materials, have been investigated in microwave X-band (8.2 GHz to 12.4 GHz) and the effect of substitution on their dielectric properties, i.e., dielectric constant and dielectric loss tangent, has been studied by vector network analyzer. Dielectric analysis showed that the dielectric constant increased with increasing samarium as well as bismuth content. Dielectric relaxation was observed for all samples in the scanned frequency range. Microwave reflection and transmission analysis of ceramic pellets of thickness 4 mm was carried out using two methods, i.e., open- and short-circuit approach, both indicating very high values of reflected power and very low values of transmitted power for all the doped materials in comparison with the base composition. The doped compositions are therefore potential microwave shielding materials for use in anechoic chambers, microwave laboratories, and radar equipment. Double-layer reflectors are also proposed, having better reflection properties (˜99% reflection) compared with single-layer reflectors.

  14. High Gain and High Directive of Antenna Arrays Utilizing Dielectric Layer on Bismuth Titanate Ceramics

    F. H. Wee


    Full Text Available A high gain and high directive microstrip patch array antenna formed from dielectric layer stacked on bismuth titanate (BiT ceramics have been investigated, fabricated, and measured. The antennas are designed and constructed with a combination of two-, four-, and six-BiT elements in an array form application on microwave substrate. For gain and directivity enhancement, a layer of dielectric was stacked on the BiT antenna array. We measured the gain and directivity of BiT array antennas with and without the dielectric layer and found that the gain of BiT array antenna with the dielectric layer was enhanced by about 1.4 dBi of directivity and 1.3 dB of gain over the one without the dielectric layer at 2.3 GHz. The impedance bandwidth of the BiT array antenna both with and without the dielectric layer is about 500 MHz and 350 MHz, respectively, which is suitable for the application of the WiMAX 2.3 GHz system. The utilization of BiT ceramics that covers about 90% of antenna led to high radiation efficiency, and small-size antennas were produced. In order to validate the proposed design, theoretical and measured results are provided and discussed.

  15. Mineral-Oxide-Doped Aluminum Titanate Ceramics with Improved Thermomechanical Properties

    R. Papitha


    Full Text Available Investigations were carried out, on the effect of addition of kaolinite (2Al2O3·3SiO2·2H2O and talc (Mg3Si4O10(OH2 in terms of bulk density, XRD phases, microstructure, as well as thermal and mechanical properties of the aluminium titanate (AT ceramics. AT ceramics with additives have shown enhanced sinterability at 1550°C, achieving close to 99% of TD (theoretical density in comparison to 87% TD, exhibited with pure AT samples sintered at 1600°C, and found to be in agreement with the microstructural observations. XRD phase analysis of samples with maximum densities resulted in pure AT phase with a shift in unit cell parameters suggesting the formation of solid solutions. TG-DSC study indicated a clear shift in AT formation temperature with talc addition. Sintered specimens exhibited significant reduction in linear thermal expansion values by 63% (0.4210−6/C, (30–1000°C with talc addition. Thermal hysteresis of talc-doped AT specimens showed a substantial increase in hysteresis area corresponding to enhanced microcrack densities which in turn was responsible to maintain the low expansion values. Microstructural evaluation revealed a sizable decrease in crack lengths and 200% increase in flexural strength with talc addition. Results are encouraging providing a stable formulation with substantially enhanced thermomechanical properties.

  16. Effect of B-site isovalent doping on electrical and ferroelectric properties of lead free bismuth titanate ceramics

    Subohi, Oroosa; Kumar, G. S.; Malik, M. M.; Kurchania, Rajnish


    In the present work, zirconium modified bismuth titanate ceramics have been studied as potential lead-free ferroelectric materials over a broad temperature range (RT - 800 °C). Polycrystalline samples of Bi4Ti3-xZrxO12 (x=0.2, 0.4, 0.6) (BZrT) with high electrical resistivity were prepared using the solution combustion technique. The effect of Zr doping on the crystalline structure, ferroelectric properties and electrical conduction characteristics of BZrT ceramics were explored. Addition of zirconium to bismuth titanate enhances its dielectric constant and reduces the loss factor as it introduces orthorhombic distortion in bismuth titanate lattice which is exhibited by the growth along (00_10) lattice plane. Activation energy due to relaxation is found to be greater than that due to conduction thus confirming that electrical conduction in these ceramics is not due to relaxation of dipoles. Remanent polarization of the doped samples increases as the Zirconium content increases.

  17. Luminescence properties of barium--gadolinium-titanate ceramics doped with rare-earth ions (Eu3+ and Tb3+).

    Hemasundara Raju, S; Muni Sudhakar, B; Sudhakar Reddy, B; Dhoble, S J; Thyagarajan, K; Nageswara Raju, C


    Barium-gadolinium-titanate (BaGd2 Ti4 O12) powder ceramics doped with rare-earth ions (Eu(3+) and Tb(3+)) were synthesized by a solid-state reaction method. From the X-ray diffraction spectrum, it was observed that Eu(3+) and Tb(3+):BaGd2 Ti4 O12 powder ceramics are crystallized in the form of an orthorhombic structure. Scanning electron microscopy image shows that the particles are agglomerated and the particle size is about 200 nm. Eu(3+) - and Tb(3+) -doped BaGd2 Ti4 O12 powder ceramics were examined by energy dispersive X-ray analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, photoluminescence and thermoluminescence (TL) spectra. Emission spectra of Eu(3+)-doped BaGd2 Ti4 O12 powder ceramics showed bright red emission at 613 nm ((5)D0 →(7)F2) with an excitation wavelength λ(exci)  = 408 nm ((7)F0 → (5)D3) and Tb(3+):BaGd2 Ti4 O12 ceramic powder has shown green emission at 534 nm ((5)D4 → (7)F5) with an excitation wavelength λ(exci)  = 331 nm (((7)F6 → (5)D1). TL spectra show that Eu(3+) and Tb(3+) ions affect TL sensitivity.

  18. Co-extrusion of piezoelectric ceramic fibres

    Ismael Michen, Marina


    The present work successfully developed a methodology for fabricating lead zirconate titanate [PZT] thin solid- and hollow-fibres by the thermoplastic co-extrusion process. The whole process chain, that includes: a) compounding, involving the mixing of ceramic powder with a thermoplastic binder, b) rheological characterizations, c) preform composite fabrication followed by co-extrusion, d) debinding and, finally, e) sintering of the body to near full density, is systematical...

  19. Electrical characteristics of bismuth titanate glass-ceramics containing SiO2 and Nd2O3

    Stanislav S. Slavov


    Full Text Available Bismuth-titanate ceramics containing SiO2 and Nd2O3 as additives are synthesized at two different ways of cooling of the melts. The introduction of SiO2 and Nd2O3 leads to more complex crystallization with participation of several phases including Bi4Ti3O12. It is proved that the applied methods of synthesis are suitable for generation of different microstructures in the bulk doped bismuth titanate ceramics, which is promising basis for modification of their electrical properties. The increasing of SiO2 content improves the glass formation ability and addition of Nd2O3 stimulates the crystallization. The conductivity of selected samples is determined by impedance analyzer in the frequency range from 10 to 100 kHz and DC resistible bridge using two-terminal method. All investigated samples are dielectrics with conductivity 10-6–10-9 (Ω·cm-1.

  20. Effect of rare earth doping on thermo-physical properties of lanthanum zirconate ceramic for thermal barrier coatings

    ZHOU Hongming; YI Danqing


    The effect of rare earth doping on thermo-physical properties of lanthanum zirconate was investigated. Oxide powders of various compositions La2Zr2O7 were synthesized by coprecipitation-calcination method. High-temperature dilatometer, DSC, and laser thermal dif-fusivity methods were used to analyze thermal expansion coefficient (TEC), specific heat, and thermal diffusivity. The results showed that CeO2 doped pyrochlores La2(Zr1.8Ce0.2)2O7 and La1.7(DyNd)0.15(Zr0.8Ce0.2)2O7 had higher TEC than La2Zr2O7 and Lal.7Dyo.3Zr207. La2(Zr1.8Ce0.2)2O7, La1.7Oy0.3Zr2O7, and La1.7(DyNd)0.15(Zr0.8Ce0.2)2O7 had lower thermal conductivity than undoped La2Zr2O7. The Dy203, Nd2O3, and CeO2 codoped composition showed the lowest thermal conductivity and the highest TEC. Thermo-physical results also indicated that TEC of rare earth oxide doped La2Zr2O7 ceramic was slightly higher than that of conventional ZrO2-8wt.% Y2O3 (8YSZ), and its thermal conductivity was lower than that of 8YSZ.

  1. Enhanced proton conductivity of yttrium-doped barium zirconate with sinterability in protonic ceramic fuel cells

    Park, Ka-Young; Seo, Yongho; Kim, Ki Buem [HMC & Green Energy Research Institute, Department of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul 143-747 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Sun-Ju [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 550-749 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Byoungnam [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hongik University, Seoul 121-791 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jun-Young, E-mail: [HMC & Green Energy Research Institute, Department of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul 143-747 (Korea, Republic of)


    Highlights: • Report effects of ceramic processing methods on the electrical conductivity of BZY. • Present effects of sintering aids on the conductivity and density of BZY. • CuO is the most effective sintering aid for the BZY. • Polymer gelation is the most effective method in terms of conductivity of BZY. • Grain boundary conductivity of the polymer gelation BZY is higher than others. - Abstract: In this study, we report the effects of various ceramic processing methods with different sintering aids on the relative density, crystallinity, microstructure, and electrical conductivity of proton conducting BaZr{sub 0.85}Y{sub 0.15}O{sub 3−δ} (BZY) pellets in details. First, the BZY ceramic pellets are fabricated by the solid-state reactive sintering by adding diverse sintering aids including CuO, NiO, ZnO, SnO, MgO, and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Among these, CuO is found to be the most effective sintering aid in terms of the sintering temperature and total conductivity. However, transition metals as sintering aids have detrimental effects on the electrical conductivity of the BZY electrolytes. Second, the BZY electrolytes have been synthesized by four different methods: the solid-state, combustion, hydrothermal, and polymer gelation methods. The BZY pellets synthesized by the polymer gelation method exhibit dense microstructure with a high relative density of 95.3%. Moreover, the electrical conductivity of the BZY pellets synthesized by the polymer gelation method is higher than those prepared by the solid-state methods under the same test conditions: 1.28 × 10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1} (by the polymer gelation method) vs. 0.53 × 10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1} by the solid-state method at 600 °C in wet 5% H{sub 2} in Ar.

  2. Effect of Neodymium on Optical Bandgap and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Barium Zirconate Ceramic

    Parida, Sabyasachi; Satapathy, A.; Sinha, E.; Bisen, Anurag; Rout, S. K.


    The ceramics with general formula Ba(1- x) Nd(2 x/3)ZrO3 ( x = 0.0,0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, and 0.1) were prepared by solid-state reaction. The phase formation of the powders was analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform-Raman (FT-Raman), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. XRD patterns revealed that all powders show a perovskite-type cubic structure with space group Pm-3 m. FT-Raman and FTIR spectra suggested the formation of higher degree of symmetry in the crystal. The optical bandgap was found to be decreasing while Urbach energy was found to be increasing with an increase of Nd3+ content. The surface morphology of sintered pellets was studied by scanning electron microscope. Microwave dielectric constant and quality factor were investigated by the TE01 δ mode dielectric resonator method. The microwave dielectric constant and temperature coefficient of resonant frequency decreases with increase in of Nd3+ content. The irregular nature of quality factor ( Q × f) was observed due to the extrinsic losses in materials. The dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) characteristics were investigated experimentally and numerically using a monopole antenna through an infinite ground plane and Ansoft's high-frequency structure simulator software, respectively. The resonant frequency and bandwidth of DRAs were also investigated for the ceramics.

  3. Bismuth Sodium Titanate Based Materials for Piezoelectric Actuators.

    Reichmann, Klaus; Feteira, Antonio; Li, Ming


    The ban of lead in many electronic products and the expectation that, sooner or later, this ban will include the currently exempt piezoelectric ceramics based on Lead-Zirconate-Titanate has motivated many research groups to look for lead-free substitutes. After a short overview on different classes of lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with large strain, this review will focus on Bismuth-Sodium-Titanate and its solid solutions. These compounds exhibit extraordinarily high strain, due to a field induced phase transition, which makes them attractive for actuator applications. The structural features of these materials and the origin of the field-induced strain will be revised. Technologies for texturing, which increases the useable strain, will be introduced. Finally, the features that are relevant for the application of these materials in a multilayer design will be summarized.

  4. Bismuth Sodium Titanate Based Materials for Piezoelectric Actuators

    Klaus Reichmann


    Full Text Available The ban of lead in many electronic products and the expectation that, sooner or later, this ban will include the currently exempt piezoelectric ceramics based on Lead-Zirconate-Titanate has motivated many research groups to look for lead-free substitutes. After a short overview on different classes of lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with large strain, this review will focus on Bismuth-Sodium-Titanate and its solid solutions. These compounds exhibit extraordinarily high strain, due to a field induced phase transition, which makes them attractive for actuator applications. The structural features of these materials and the origin of the field-induced strain will be revised. Technologies for texturing, which increases the useable strain, will be introduced. Finally, the features that are relevant for the application of these materials in a multilayer design will be summarized.

  5. Process for Assembly of Multimode Hydrophone Ceramic Stack


    hydrophone 10 includes tangentially-poled ceramic (lead- zirconate titanate) rings 12, a Delrin washers 14, a LC-800 washers 16, 26 AWG insulated wire ...18, a stainless steel flange 20, an end cap 22, 30 AWG uninsulated bus wire 24, solder joints 26, ¼-28 socket head screw 28, and a phenolic feed...pressure waves. [0058] The washers 104 are made from Delrin. Delrin is a nylon -like material that can be easily machined yet is rigid enough to provide

  6. Potassium Sodium Niobate-Based Lead-Free Piezoelectric Multilayer Ceramics Co-Fired with Nickel Electrodes

    Shinichiro Kawada


    Full Text Available Although lead-free piezoelectric ceramics have been extensively studied, many problems must still be overcome before they are suitable for practical use. One of the main problems is fabricating a multilayer structure, and one solution attracting growing interest is the use of lead-free multilayer piezoelectric ceramics. The paper reviews work that has been done by the authors on lead-free alkali niobate-based multilayer piezoelectric ceramics co-fired with nickel inner electrodes. Nickel inner electrodes have many advantages, such as high electromigration resistance, high interfacial strength with ceramics, and greater cost effectiveness than silver palladium inner electrodes. However, widely used lead zirconate titanate-based ceramics cannot be co-fired with nickel inner electrodes, and silver palladium inner electrodes are usually used for lead zirconate titanate-based piezoelectric ceramics. A possible alternative is lead-free ceramics co-fired with nickel inner electrodes. We have thus been developing lead-free alkali niobate-based multilayer ceramics co-fired with nickel inner electrodes. The normalized electric-field-induced thickness strain (Smax/Emax of a representative alkali niobate-based multilayer ceramic structure with nickel inner electrodes was 360 pm/V, where Smax denotes the maximum strain and Emax denotes the maximum electric field. This value is about half that for the lead zirconate titanate-based ceramics that are widely used. However, a comparable value can be obtained by stacking more ceramic layers with smaller thicknesses. In the paper, the compositional design and process used to co-fire lead-free ceramics with nickel inner electrodes are introduced, and their piezoelectric properties and reliabilities are shown. Recent advances are introduced, and future development is discussed.

  7. Smart Energy Materials of PZT Ceramics

    Mitsuhiro Okayasu


    Full Text Available To better understand the material properties of lead zirconate titanate (PZT ceramics, the domain-switching characteristics and electric power generation characteristics have been investigated during loading and unloading by using various experimental techniques. Furthermore, the influence of oscillation condition on the electrical power generation properties of lead zirconate titanate (PZT piezoelectric ceramics has been investigated. It is found that the power generation is directly attributed to the applied load and wave mode. The voltage rises instantly to the maximum level under square-wave mode, although the voltage increases gradually under triangular-wave mode. After this initial increase, there is a rapid fall to zero, followed by generation of increasingly negative voltage as the applied load is removed for all wave modes. Variation of the electric voltage is reflected by the cyclic loading at higher loading frequencies. On the basis of the obtained experimental results for the wave modes, the electrical power generation characteristics of PZT ceramics are proposed, and the voltages generated during loading and unloading are accurately estimated. The electric generation value is decrease with increasing the cyclic number due to the material failure, e.g., domain switching and crack. The influence of domain switching on the mechanical properties PZT piezoelectric ceramics is clarified, and 90 degree domain switching occurs after the load is applied to the PZT ceramic directly. Note that, in this paper, our experimental results obtained in our previous works were introduced

  8. Fatigue properties and impedance analysis of potassium sodium niobate-strontium titanate transparent ceramics

    Liu, Zhiyong; Fan, Huiqing; Lei, Shenhui; Wang, Ju; Tian, Hailin


    Highly transparent ferroelectric ceramics based on 0.9K0.5Na0.5NbO3-0.1SrTiO3 were prepared using a pressure-less solid-state sintering method without using hot isostatic pressing and spark plasma sintering. An independence electromechanical response of bipolar switching cycles ( S 33 only degraded 3.2 % up to 107 cycles) was presented in this transparent ceramics, which indicated an extremely stable property under electric field. From impedance spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses, it was concluded that such optical transparency and fatigue-resistant behaviors were mainly attributed to the lower density of oxygen vacancies in the ceramics.

  9. Fatigue properties and impedance analysis of potassium sodium niobate-strontium titanate transparent ceramics

    Liu, Zhiyong; Fan, Huiqing; Lei, Shenhui; Wang, Ju; Tian, Hailin [Northwestern Polytechnical University, State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi' an (China)


    Highly transparent ferroelectric ceramics based on 0.9K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 3}-0.1SrTiO{sub 3} were prepared using a pressure-less solid-state sintering method without using hot isostatic pressing and spark plasma sintering. An independence electromechanical response of bipolar switching cycles (S{sub 33} only degraded 3.2 % up to 10{sup 7} cycles) was presented in this transparent ceramics, which indicated an extremely stable property under electric field. From impedance spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses, it was concluded that such optical transparency and fatigue-resistant behaviors were mainly attributed to the lower density of oxygen vacancies in the ceramics. (orig.)

  10. Influence of preparation route and slip casting conditions on titania and barium titanate ceramics

    Arvind K.Nikumbh; Parag V.Adhyapak


    Titania (TiO2) and barium titanate (BaTiO3) were synthesized using three different dicarboxylates,which included oxalate,malate and tartarate.These powders were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction,scanning electron micrographs,BET specific surface area and particle size distribution.Their properties depended to a great extent on the nature of the precursor.The titania and barium titanate powders obtained from the tartarate precursor were found to be good for slip casting.Slips of these oxides with different solids contents were prepared at different pH values using both distilled water and ethanol as the dispersing agent and also with and without deflocculant.The theological behaviors of the suspensions were then determined,and the slip,green and sedimentation bulk densities were measured.The minimum viscosities were observed at pH 8.2 for the TiO2-water and pH 10.2 for the BaTiO3-water system.

  11. Electric field induced strain, switching and energy storage behaviour of lead free Barium Zirconium Titanate ceramic

    Badapanda, T.; Chaterjee, S.; Mishra, Anupam; Ranjan, Rajeev; Anwar, S.


    There is a huge demand of lead-free high performance ceramics with large strain, low hysteresis loss and high-energy storage ability at room temperature. In this context, we investigated the large electric field induced strain, switching behaviour and energy storage properties of BaZr0.05Ti0.95O3 ceramic (BZT) prepared by high energy ball milling technique, reportedly exhibiting a triple point transition near the room temperature. The X-ray diffraction of the BZT ceramic confirms orthorhombic symmetry with space group Amm2 at room temperature. The room temperature dielectric study reveals that there is a negligible variation of dielectric constant and dielectric loss with frequency. The polarization behaviour at various applied electric fields was studied and the energy storage densities were obtained from the integral area of P-E loops. Electric field induced strain behaviour has been studied with due emphasis on the electrostrictive response at room temperature. The ferroelectric and electromechanical properties derived from the P-E and S-E loops suggest that the present ceramic encompass the properties of actuation and energy storage simultaneously.

  12. Hot-pressed transparent PLZT ceramics from low cost chemical processing

    I.A. Santos


    Full Text Available Lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT ceramics were obtained with high transmittance in the visible range by a combination of an inexpensive chemical processing and hot pressing. Optical, microstructural, pyroelectric, ferroelectric and dielectric properties characterized in this study attested the applicability of the employed method in the production of PLZT transparent ferroelectric ceramics. In fact, the corresponding analyzed physical parameters are in very good agreement with those obtained in samples traditionally prepared by other methods. Furthermore, due to high sample quality, a phenomenological analysis of the PLZT 10/65/35 relaxor features was performed in these ceramics.

  13. Growth and characterization of barium tantalate-based microwave ceramics and barium and strontium titanate ferroelectrics

    Liu, Shaojun

    In this thesis, we explore the growth and properties of electronic ceramics used in microwave resonator and energy storage. Their applications require high dielectric constants, which do not vary significantly with temperature and loss dissipation loss. Single-phase Ba(Cd1/3 Ta2/3)O3 powder is produced using conventional solid state reaction methods. Ab-initio electronic structure calculations show that the covalent nature of the directional d-electron bonding in these high-Z oxides plays an important role in producing a more rigid lattice with higher melting points and enhanced phonon energies and consequently resulting materials with a high dielectric constant and a low microwave loss for Ba(Cd1/3Ta2/3) O3 and Ba(Zn1/3 Ta2/3)O3 ceramics. Ba(Cd1/3Ta 2/3)O3 samples with high sintering density and excellent microwave properties are made with boron oxide as sintering aid at 1200--1350°C, corresponding to temperatures 300°C lower than samples prepared without a sintering aid. XRD combined with High Resolution Electron Microscopy (HREM) indicates that Ba( Cd1/3Ta2/3)O 3 ceramics prepared with boron oxide have a well-ordered hexagonal structure. Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) results indicate that the improvement in densification contributes to the liquid sintering mechanism for boron concentrations exceeding 0.5wt%. Annealing treatment and high boron concentrations are also found to improve the microwave properties. For example, Ba( Cd1/3Ta2/3)O 3 doped with 0.5,vt%o B2O 3 ceramics annealed at 1250°C for 40 hours has a dielectric constant (epsilonr) and temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (tauf) of 32 and 80 +/- 15 ppm/°C respectively and a loss tangent (Q) of loss tangent (< 1.7 x 10-5) at 2 GHz was achieved using a high temperature 1680°C and 48h sintering process. Doping Sc into Ba0.7 Sr0.3TiO3 ceramics changes its crystal structure from tetragonal to rhombohedral structure and significantly reduces the dielectric constant, of Ba0.7 Sr0.3TiO3

  14. Structural and ferroelectrical properties of bismuth titanate ceramic powders prepared by mechanically assisted synthesis

    Lazarević Z.Ž.


    Full Text Available Nanosized bismuth titanate, Bi4Ti3O12, was prepared via a high-energy ball milling process through mechanically assisted synthesis directly from the oxide mixture of Bi2O3 and TiO2. The Bi4Ti3O12 phase started to form after 1 h of milling. With increasing the milling time from 3 to 12 h, the particle size of formed Bi4Ti3O12 did not reduce significantly. The grain size was less than 16 nm and showed a strong tendency to agglomeration. The nucleation and phase formation of Bi4Ti3O12, crystal structure, microstructure, powder grain size and specific surface area were followed by XRD, Rietveld refinement analysis, SEM and the BET specific surface area measurements. Raman spectroscopy was used to explain the structural properties of Bi4Ti3O12 powder, prepared by mechanically assisted synthesis. Reduction in grain size with the increase of milling time was also noted (change in the position and relative intensity, which indicated changes in the structure, caused by nanodimension grains. The sample milled for 12 h and subsequently sintered at 1000°C for 24 h exhibited a hysteresis loop, confirming that the synthesized material possesses ferroelectric properties. .

  15. Pressure slip casting and cold isostatic pressing of aluminum titanate green ceramics: A comparative evaluation

    Ramanathan Papitha


    Full Text Available Aluminum titanate (Al2TiO5 green bodies were prepared from mixture of titania and alumina powders with different particle sizes by conventional slip casting (CSC, pressure slip casting (PSC and cold isostatic pressing (CIP. Precursor-powder mixtures were evaluated with respect to the powder properties, flow behaviours and shaping parameters. Green densities were measured and correlated with the fractographs. A substantial increase in green densities up to 60 %TD (theoretical density of 4.02 g/cm3, calculated based on rule of mixtures is observed with the application of 2–3 MPa pressure with PSC. While particle size distribution and solid loading are the most influential parameters in the case of CSC, with PSC pressure also plays a key role in achieving the higher green densities. Being a dry process, high pressure of > 100 MPa for CIP is essential to achieve densities in the range of 60–65 %TD. Slip pressurization under PSC conditions facilitate the rearrangement of particles through rolling, twisting and interlocking unlike CIP processing where pressure is needed to overcome the inter-particle friction.

  16. Chemical bonding and charge density distribution analysis of undoped and lanthanum doped barium titanate ceramics



    A-site deficient, Lanthanum substituted Ba1−xLa2x/3TiO3 (x=0.000, 0.005, 0.015, 0.020 and 0.025) ceramics have been synthesized by chemical route. The effects of lanthanum dopant on the BaTiO3 lattice and the electron density distributions in the unit cell of the samples were investigated. Structural studies suggested the reduction in cell parameters and shrinkage in cell volume with the increase in lanthanum content. Chemical bonding and electron density distributions were examined through high resolution maximum entropy method (MEM). The mid bond electron density values revealed the enhancement of covalent nature between titanium and oxygen ions and predominant ionic nature between barium and oxygen ions. Average grain sizes were estimated for the undoped and doped samples. SEM investigations showed the existence of smaller grains with large voids in between them.


    陆洪彬; 陈建华; 冯春霞; 焦宝祥; 孟祥康


    The mullite-aluminium titanate (MAT) ceramic composites were prepared via the gelcasting or dry pressing processes us- ing industrial mullite and aluminium titanate (Al2TiO5) powders with different mass ratios, that titanate was synthesized by doping the bi-component additive of 10% (in mole, the same below) MgO and 15% SiO2 relative to Al2O3. Effects of the bi-component additive on the phase composition and thermal stabilization of aluminium titanate powder were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and the micro- structures of MAT ceramic composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. The effects of aluminium titanate content on the bending strength and average thermal expansion coefficient (room temperature-1000 ℃) of the MAT ceramic composites pre- pared by dry pressing or gelcasting shaping processes were also investigated. The results show that the bi-component additive of MgO and SiO2 can promote the formation of Al2TiO5 and enhance its thermal stabilization. The MAT ceramic composites prepared by gel- casting process obtain more homogenous structure and higher bending strength than that prepared by dry pressing process. The MAT ceramic composite prepared by gelcasting process and containing 10% (mass fraction) Al2TiO5 has the maximum bending strength of 110.05 MPa.%引入10%(摩尔分数,相对于A12O3,下同)MgO和15%SiO2双组分添加剂合成了钛酸铝粉体.采用不同质量比的钛酸铝粉体和工业莫来石,用干压和注凝成型工艺制备了莫来石-钛酸铝(mullite-aluminium titanate,MAT)复相陶瓷.用X射线衍射分析了双组分添加剂对钛酸铝相组成和热稳定性的影响.通过扫描电镜表征了MAT复相陶瓷的微结构.研究了钛酸铝含量对采用于压、注凝2种成型工艺制备的MAT复相陶瓷的弯曲强度和平均热膨胀系数(室温~1 000℃)的影响.结果表明:MgO和SiO2双组分添加剂促进了钛酸铝的形成,增强了钛酸铝的热稳定性.通过注凝成型制备

  18. Dielectric and tunable behavior of lead strontium titanate ceramics and composites

    Somiya, Yoshitaka

    The needs of materials for microwave applications have been increasing due to the demands of mobile communication systems and it is preferable for most applications to be manufactured inexpensively using the least amount of space possible. One of the ideas presented to achieve this goal is to reduce the number of components. By changing certain properties under a specific electric and/or magnetic field condition, a component is able to have more than one function, which decreases the number of components necessary. Although microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), semiconductors, and ferrite based devices are available for tuning applications, ferroelectrics in the paraelectric regions and incipient ferroelectric materials are the most promising for low cost and miniaturized products over a wide frequency range of 1-10 GHz and higher frequencies. Barium strontium titanate ((Ba, Sr)TiO3 (BST)) is a considerably studied field dependent ferroelectric material. However, BST requires special techniques to prepare samples which show good reproducibility because the conventional mixed oxide method is not expected to offer high homogeneity due to low reactivity among the raw oxide chemicals of BST. On the contrary, lead strontium titanate ((Sr, Pb)TiO3 (SPT)) permits much simpler processing due to the high reactivity of lead oxide, a raw oxide chemical, towards the other component oxides. Therefore, the SPT system has been selected as a potential candidate for the frequency agile ferroelectrics for electronics (FAME) applications. Selected compositions, for example, Sr-Pb (0.7:0.3 by mole and 0.8:0.2 by mole) in the pure SPT system show the following properties: i) high relative permittivity, epsilonr, ii) low tangent delta in the paraelectric states, iii) moderate DC bias dependence of epsilonr far above the transition temperatures, and iv) high DC bias dependence of epsilon r close to the transition temperatures. In addition, the SPT system does not show a significant

  19. Semiconducting barium titanate ceramics prepared by using yttrium hexaboride as sintering aid

    Wang, X.X.; Chan, H.L.W.; Pang, G.K.H.; Choy, C.L


    Nb-doped BaTiO{sub 3} semiconducting ceramics have been prepared at 1150 deg. C by employing YB{sub 6} as the sintering aid. The low-temperature sintered samples exhibit a positive temperature coefficient of resistivity (PTCR) effect. The room-temperature resistivity and the magnitude of PTCR effect depend on the amount of YB{sub 6} added, the Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} content and the sintering conditions. At 1 mol% of YB{sub 6}, the sample has a low room-temperature resistivity and a resistivity jump of about 10{sup 4}. Transmission electron microscope studies revealed that the intergranular region between the crystalline BaTiO{sub 3} grains has an amorphous structure. Y, Ba and Ti are present in the intergranular region but no Y is detectable in the crystalline grains. A liquid phase is believed to be present during sintering and it helps to facilitate the densification process and to enhance the PTCR effect.

  20. Effect of Processing on Synthesis and Dielectric Behavior of Bismuth Sodium Titanate Ceramics

    Vijayeta Pal


    Full Text Available An effort has been made to synthesize polycrystalline (Bi1−xLax0.5Na0.5TiO3 (abbreviated as BLNT system with compositions x = 0, 0.02, and 0.04 by novel semiwet technique. Preparation of A-site oxides of BLNT for composition x = 0 was optimized using two precursor solutions such as ethylene glycol and citric acid. The XRD patterns revealed that the sample prepared by ethylene glycol precursor solution has single phase perovskite structure with a rhombohedral symmetry at RT as compared to the sample prepared by citric acid. Ethylene glycol precursor has been found to play a significant role in the crystallization, phase transitions, and electrical properties. The studies on structure, phase transitions, and dielectric properties for all the samples have been carried out over the temperature range from RT to 450°C at 100 kHz frequency. It has been observed that two phase transitions (i ferroelectric to antiferroelectric and (ii antiferroelectric to paraelectric occur in all the samples. All samples exhibit a modified Curie-Weiss law above Tc. A linear fitting of the modified Curie-Weiss law to the experimental data shows diffuse-type transition. The dielectric as well as ferroelectric properties of BLNT ceramics have been found to be improved with the substitution of La elements.

  1. Tritium breeding mock-up experiments containing lithium titanate ceramic pebbles and lead irradiated with DT neutrons

    Jakhar, Shrichand; Abhangi, M.; Tiwari, S. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India); Makwana, R. [Department of Physics, MS University, Vadodara (India); Chaudhari, V.; Swami, H.L.; Danani, C.; Rao, C.V.S.; Basu, T.K. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India); Mandal, D.; Bhade, Sonali; Kolekar, R.V.; Reddy, P.J. [Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Bhattacharyay, R.; Chaudhuri, P. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India)


    Highlights: • Breeding benchmark experiment on LLCB TBM in ITER was performed. • Nuclear responses measured are TPR and reaction rate of {sup 115}In(n, n′){sup 115m}In reaction. • Measured responses are compared with calculations by MCNP and FENDL 2.1 library. • TPR measurements agree with calculations in the estimated error bar. • Measured {sup 115}In(n, n′){sup 115m}In reaction rates are underestimated by the calculations. - Abstract: Experiments were conducted with breeding blanket mock-up consisting of two layers of breeder material lithium titanate pebbles and three layers of pure lead as neutron multiplier. The radial dimensions of breeder, neutron multiplier and structural material layers are similar to the current design of the Indian Lead–Lithium cooled Ceramic Breeder (LLCB) blanket. The mock-up assembly was irradiated with 14 MeV neutrons from DT neutron generator. The local tritium production rates (TPR) from {sup 6}Li and {sup 7}Li in breeder layers were measured with the help of two different compositions of Li isotopes (60.69% {sup 6}Li and 7.54% {sup 6}Li) in Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. Tritium production in the multiplication layers were also measured with above mentioned two types of pellets to compare the experimental tritium production with calculations. TPR from {sup 6}Li at one location in the breeder layer was also measured by direct online measurement of tritons from {sup 6}Li(n, t){sup 4}He reaction using silicon surface barrier detector and {sup 6}Li to triton converter. Additional verification of neutron spectra (E{sub n} > 0.35 MeV) in the mock-up zones were obtained by measuring {sup 115}In(n, n′){sup 115m}In reaction rate and comparing it with calculated values in all five layers of mock-up. All the measured nuclear responses were compared with transport calculations using code MCNP with FENDL2.1 and FENDL3.0 cross-section libraries. The average C/E ratio for tritium production in enriched Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} pellets was 1

  2. A hybrid phenomenological model for ferroelectroelastic ceramics. Part II: Morphotropic PZT ceramics

    Stark, S.; Neumeister, P.; Balke, H.


    In this part II of a two part series, the rate-independent hybrid phenomenological constitutive model introduced in part I is modified to account for the material behavior of morphotropic lead zirconate titanate ceramics (PZT ceramics). The modifications are based on a discussion of the available literature results regarding the micro-structure of these materials. In particular, a monoclinic phase and a highly simplified representation of the hierarchical structure of micro-domains and nano-domains observed experimentally are incorporated into the model. It is shown that experimental data for the commercially available morphotropic PZT material PIC151 (PI Ceramic GmbH, Lederhose, Germany) can be reproduced and predicted based on the modified hybrid model.

  3. Novel methods of powder preparation and ceramic forming for improving reliability of multilayer ceramic actuators

    Near, Craig D.; Dawson, William J.; Swartz, Scott L.; Issartel, Jean P.


    Critical components of many smart systems employ multilayer piezoelectric actuators based on lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics. Applications include active vibration systems, noise suppression, acoustic camouflage, actuated structures, reconfigurable surfaces, and structural health monitoring. Two strategies involving novel materials processing techniques are discussed for improving the performance and reliability of PZT ceramic components. The first is the use of an advanced powder synthesis, which was recently developed for a range of DoD specification materials. The second strategy involves two improved ceramic manufacturing routes designed to replace the current tape casting and co-firing method. One is the use of roll- compaction for tape forming. The other is the application of the infiltrated electrode approach. Both of these methods provide improved electrical and mechanical performances and superior reliability.

  4. Array lead zirconate titanate/glass piezoelectric microcantilevers for real-time detection of Bacillus anthracis with 10 spores/ml sensitivity and 1/1000 selectivity in bacterial mixtures

    McGovern, John-Paul; Shih, Wei-Heng; Rest, Richard F.; Purohit, Mitali; Mattiucci, Mark; Pourrezaei, Kambiz; Onaral, Banu; Shih, Wan Y.


    An array of three identical piezoelectric microcantilever sensors (PEMSs) consisting of a lead zirconate titanate layer bonded to a glass layer was fabricated and examined for simultaneous, in situ, real-time, all-electrical detection of Bacillus anthracis (BA) spores in an aqueous suspension using the first longitudinal extension mode of resonance. With anti-BA antibody immobilized on the sensor surfaces all three PEMS exhibited identical BA detection resonance frequency shifts at all tested concentrations, 10-107 spores/ml with a standard deviation of less than 10%. The detection concentration limit of 10 spores/ml was about two orders of magnitude lower than would be permitted by flexural peaks. In blinded-sample testing, the array PEMS detected BA in three samples containing BA: (1) 3.3×103 spores/ml, (2) a mixture of 3.3×103 spores/ml and 3.3×105 S. aureus (SA) and P. aeruginosa (PA) per ml, and (3) a mixture of 3.3×103 spores/ml with 3.3×106 SA+PA/ml. There was no response to a sample containing only 3.3×106 SA+PA/ml. These results illustrate the sensitivity, specificity, reusability, and reliability of array PEMS for in situ, real-time detection of BA spores.

  5. Performance investigation of 1-3 piezoelectric ceramic-cement composite

    Cheng Xin, E-mail: [University of Jinan, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jinan 250022 (China); Xu Dongyu, E-mail: [Shandong University, State Key Lab of Crystal Materials, Jinan 250100 (China); Lu Lingchao; Huang Shifeng [University of Jinan, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jinan 250022 (China); Jiang Minhua [Shandong University, State Key Lab of Crystal Materials, Jinan 250100 (China)


    A 1-3 piezoelectric ceramic-cement composite has been fabricated using sulphoaluminate cement and lead niobium-magnesium zirconate titanate ceramics (P(MN)ZT) as matrix and functional component, respectively. The influences of piezoelectric ceramic volume fraction, aspect ratios of piezoelectric ceramic rods and temperature on the piezoelectric and dielectric properties of the composites were studied. This composite was shown to exhibit an improved electromechanical coupling coefficient with the mechanical quality factor reduced. Furthermore, the acoustic impedance of the composites could also be adjusted to match concrete structures. It has been demonstrated that by adjusting the piezoelectric ceramic volume fraction and shape parameters, the developed composite can be eventually used as sensing element in structural health monitoring.

  6. A study on (K, Na) NbO3 based multilayer piezoelectric ceramics micro speaker

    Gao, Renlong; Chu, Xiangcheng; Huan, Yu; Sun, Yiming; Liu, Jiayi; Wang, Xiaohui; Li, Longtu


    A flat panel micro speaker was fabricated from (K, Na) NbO3 (KNN)-based multilayer piezoelectric ceramics by a tape casting and cofiring process using Ag-Pd alloys as an inner electrode. The interface between ceramic and electrode was investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The acoustic response was characterized by a standard audio test system. We found that the micro speaker with dimensions of 23 × 27 × 0.6 mm3, using three layers of 30 μm thickness KNN-based ceramic, has a high average sound pressure level (SPL) of 87 dB, between 100 Hz-20 kHz under five voltage. This result was even better than that of lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-based ceramics under the same conditions. The experimental results show that the KNN-based multilayer ceramics could be used as lead free piezoelectric micro speakers.

  7. Barium titanate ceramic inks for continuous ink-jet printing synthesized by mechanical mixing and sol-gel methods

    ZHOU Zhen-jun; YANG Zheng-fang; YUAN Qi-ming


    Ink-jet printing of ceramic thick films is one of low cost on-site ceramic pattern fabrication methods. It is necessary to investigate the rheological behaviour of ceramic inks and drying behaviour of droplets. Two kinds of BaTiO3 ceramic inks were prepared by mechanical mixing and sol-gel methods, respectively. The effect of preparation parameters, such as quantity of polyacrylic acid(PAA) and solid content, on physicochemical and rheologic properties of the ceramic inks was investigated. The results show that they satisfy the requirements of continuous ink-jet printing. The appearances of printed dots and single printed layers were observed by SEM. The SEM images indicate that dots printed with mixing method ink are in ring shape, and dots printed with sol-gel method ink are in pancake shape, so the printed layer surface with the latter ink is smoother. The causes of these phenomena were discussed.

  8. Efficient photoemission from robust ferroelectric ceramics

    Boscolo, I. [Milan Univ., Milan (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Milan, (Italy); Castellano, M.; Catani, L.; Ferrario, M.; Tazzioli, F. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Frascati, RM (Italy); Giannessi, L. [ENEA, Frascati, Rome (Italy). Centro Ricerche Elettronica


    Experimental results on photoemission by ferroelectric ceramic disks, with a possible interpretation, are presented. Two types of lead zirconate titanate lanthanum doped, PLZT, ceramics have been used for tests. 25 ps light pulses of 532 and 355 nm were used for excitation. The intensity ranged within the interval 0.1-3 GW/cm{sup 2}. The upper limit of the intensity was established by the damage threshold tested by the onset of ion emission. At low value of the intensity the yield was comparable at the two wavelengths. At the highest intensity of green light the emitted charge was 1 nC per 10 mm{sup 2}, but it was limited by the space charge effect. In fact, the applied field was only 20 kV/cm, allowed both by the mechanical design of the apparatus and the poor vacuum, 10{sup -4} mbar. No surface processing was required. The measurement of the electron pulse length under way.

  9. Effects of surrounding powder in sintering process on the properties of Sb and Mn- doped barium-strontium titanate PTCR ceramics

    Pornsuda Bomlai


    Full Text Available In this research, the effects of surrounding powder used during sintering of Sb and Mn doped bariumstrontium titanate (BST ceramics were studied. The ceramic samples were prepared by a conventional mixed-oxide method and placed on different powders during sintering. Phase formation, microstructure and PTCR behavior of the samples were then observed. Microstructures and PTCR behavior varied with the type of surrounding powder, whereas the crystal structure did not change. The surrounding powder has more effects on the shape of the grain than on the size. The grain size of samples was in the range of 5-20 μm. The most uniform grain size and the highest increase of the ratio of ρmax/ρRT were found to be about 106 for samples which had been sintered on Sb-doped BST powder. This value was an order of magnitude greater than for samples sintered on a powder of the equivalent composition to that of the sample pellet.

  10. Influence of sintering temperature on microstructures and energy-storage properties of barium strontium titanate glass-ceramics prepared by sol-gel process

    Zhu, Jia; Zhang, Yong; Song, Xiaozhen; Zhang, Qian; Yang, Dongliang; Chen, Yongzhou [Beijing Key Laboratory of Fine Ceramics, State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084 (China)


    The sol-gel processing, microstructures, dielectric properties and energy-storage properties of barium strontium titanate glass-ceramics over the sintering temperature range of 1000-1150 C were studied. Through the X-ray diffraction result, it is revealed that the crystallinity increases as the sintering temperature increased from 1000 to 1080 C and has reached a steady-state regime above 1100 C. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that with the increase of sintering temperature, the crystal size increased. Dielectric measurements revealed that the increase in the sintering temperature resulted in a significant increase in the dielectric constant, a strong sharpness of the temperature-dependent dielectric response and a pronounced decrease of the temperature of the dielectric maximum. The correlation between charge spreading behavior and activation energies of crystal and glass was discussed by the employment of the impedance spectroscopy studies. As a result of polarization-electric field hysteresis loops, both the charged and discharged densities increased with increasing sintering temperature. And the maximum value of energy storage efficiency was found to occur at 1130 C. Finally, the dependence of released energy and power densities calculated from the discharged current-time (I-t) curves on the sintering temperature was studied. The relationship between the energy storage properties and microstructure was correlated. Polarization-electric field hysteresis loops for the BST glass-ceramics sintered at different temperatures. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Characterisation of a PdCl 2/SnCl 2 electroless plating catalyst system adsorbed on barium titanate-based electroactive ceramics

    Meenan, B. J.; Brown, N. M. D.; Wilson, J. W.


    A PdCl 2/SnCl 2 metallisation catalyst system, of the type used to activate non-conducting surfaces for electroless metal deposition, has been characterised by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The substrate is a barium titanate (BaTiO 3)-based electroactive ceramic of the type used in the fabrication of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC). The treatment of the substrate surface with the PdCl 2/SnCl 2 "sensitiser" solution leads to the adsorption of catalytically inactive compounds of palladium and tin. Subsequent treatment of this surface with an "accelerator" solution removes excess oxides, hydroxides and salts of tin thereby leaving the active catalyst species, Pd xSn y, on the surface. Such sites, on exposure to the appropriete electroless plating bath, are then responsible for the metal deposition. In this study, the chemical state and relative quantities of the various surface species present after each of the processing stages have been determined by XPS. The surface roughness of the substrate results in less of the tin compounds present thereon being removed on washing the catalysed surface in the accelerator solution than normally reported for such systems, thereby affecting the measured Pd: Sn ratio. SEM studies show that the accelerator solution treatment generates crystalline areas, which may be a result of coagulation of the Pd xSn y particles present, in the otherwise amorphous catalyst coating.

  12. An experimental analysis of strontium titanate ceramic substrates polished by magnetorheological finishing with dynamic magnetic fields formed by rotating magnetic poles

    Pan, Jisheng; Yu, Peng; Yan, Qiusheng; Li, Weihua


    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3, STO) ceramic substrate is an incipient ferroelectric material with a perovskite structure and which has a wide range of applications in the fields of microwave, millimetre wave, and optic fibre. This paper reports on a system of experiments carried out on STO substrates using a new magnetorheological (MR) finishing process where dynamic magnetic fields are formed by magnetic poles rotate. The results show that a circular ring shaped polishing belt with a stability evaluation zone appears on the surface after being polished by MR finishing with a single-point dynamic magnetic field. The dynamic magnetic fields are stronger when the revolutions of magnetic pole increase and eccentricity of pole enlarge, with the surface finish is smoother and more material is removed. The optimum machining times, machining gap, oscillation distance, eccentricity of pole, revolutions of the workpiece and magnetic pole are 60 min, 0.8 mm, 0 mm, 7 mm, and 350 r min-1 and 90 r min-1, respectively, and the best MR fluid consists of 6 wt% of diamond abrasives in W1 particle size and 18 wt% of carbonyl iron powder in W3.5 particle size. A surface roughness of Ra and a material removal rate of 8 nm and 0.154 μm min-1 can be obtained in these optimum process conditions. Finally, the polishing mechanism for dynamic magnetic fields and the mechanism for removing material from STO ceramic substrates are discussed in detail.

  13. The influence of small stoichiometric deviations in the properties dielectric of barium titanate ceramics laser sintering; A influencia de pequenos desvios estequiometricos nas propriedades eletricas de ceramicas de titanato de bario sinterizadas a laser

    Silva, Marcelo Souza da; Silva, Ronaldo Santos da, E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), Sao Cristovao, SP (Brazil). Departameneto de Fisica. Grupo de Materiais Ceramicos Avancados


    It has recently been investigated the influence of the laser sintering on the electrical properties of the ceramic bodies. This work is dedicated to studying how a small deviation stoichiometric barium and / or titanium may interfere with the dielectric properties of ceramics based on barium titanate (BaTiO3) when they are sintered by laser. Ceramics based on doped barium titanate lanthanum (Ba{sub 0,998}La{sub 0,002}Ti{sub 1-n}O{sub 3}) were produced and laser sintering. The crystalline phase was verified by X-ray diffraction, information on the microstructure of the sintered samples laser were obtained with the aid of the technique of electron microscopy (SEM) and, the impedance spectroscopy technique was used to characterize the dielectric material. The preliminary results obtained show ceramic bodies with a density of 93% and with good homogeneity of the microstructure. The high values of dielectric permittivity of the ceramics were observed for samples with a deviation where the stoichiometric ratio [Ba]/[Ti] <1. (author)

  14. Electric field-induced acoustic emission phenomena in ferroelectric and related ceramics

    Aburatani, Hideaki

    Field induced AE phenomena in bulk ferroelectric and related ceramics as well as multilayer ceramic actuators were investigated in this work. Concerning the field induced AE measurement technique, it was shown that commonly used voltage application units can excite sample vibrations electromechanically through their voltage stabilization processes and generate extrinsic AE signals. In order to detect intrinsic AE signals from within piezoelectric samples, a modified voltage application unit with a long time constant tau was proposed. For the study of origins of field induced AE, a ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5A), an electrostrictive lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (0.9PMN-0.1PT) and a field-enhanced ferroelectric type lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT(9/65/35)) ceramics were selected. Pre-applied maximum field dependence on the AE generation were observed for ferroelectric PZT-5A and electrostrictive 0.9PMN-0.1PT ceramics. The study showed that there are two origins for the field induced AE of the ferroelectric PZT-5A: deformation related to domain reorientation processes and piezoelectric deformation unrelated to domain reorientation processes. The stress induction/relaxation process simply caused by the electrostrictive deformation was found to be the origin of AE in the electrostrictive 0.9PMN-0.1PT ceramics. The electric field induced non-ferroelectric to ferroelectric transition, reorientation process of the induced ferroelectric domains and induced internal stress were found to be the origins of AE in the field-enhanced ferroelectric PLZT (9/65/35). The potential use of the AE method in production was explored using a Multilayer Ceramic Actuator (MCA) fabricated by a tape casting method.

  15. 稀土锆酸盐热障涂层材料研究进展%Research Progresses of Rare-Earth Zirconate Ceramic Materials for Thermal Barrier Coatings

    项建英; 陈树海; 黄继华; 周国栋; 梁文建; 汪瑞军; 何箐


    稀土锆酸盐是最有希望应用于未来高性能航空发动机的热障涂层材料之一.归纳了国内外研究者在稀土锆酸盐类陶瓷材料上取得的结果,系统分析了不同位置全取代或部分取代得到的掺杂陶瓷材料的热物理性能和力学性能,并讨论了热障涂层材料研究的发展趋势,最后指出了稀土高酸盐热障涂层材料需要进一步研究的关键问题.%Rare-earth zirconates is one of the prospective thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) materials for use in high performance turbine engine in the future. The research progress of home and abroad is summarized, and the ther-mo-physical and mechanical properties of ceramic materials which substituted by completely or partly at different elements were analyzed systematically. The research progress and development tendency of ceramic materials for TBCs are analyzed and investigated, and then some key problems of rare-earth zirconates as TBCs materials in further reac-her are reviewed in the end.


    Jianqiao Liu


    Full Text Available Silica-containing barium-rich BaTiO₃ ceramics for thermistors with a positive temperature coefficient of resistance are prepared by a tape-casting technique. The ceramics are sintered in a reducing atmosphere at low temperatures of 1175-1225°C. The influences of reoxidation are investigated after the reduced ceramics are reoxidized in air at 700-900°C. An anomalous correlation is illustrated between room temperature resistivity and reoxidation temperature. The anomaly results from the ferroelectricity rebuilding mechanism, which includes the spontaneous polarization theory and the ferroelectricity degradation caused by oxygen vacancies. The acceptor-state densities are estimated from the temperature-dependent resistivity. A critical temperature of 750-800°C is concluded for the grain boundary reoxidation.

  17. Nd-doped barium titanate ceramics with various Ti/Ba ratios prepared by sol-gel method

    SHI Qizhen; CUI Bin; WANG Hui; TIAN Jing; CHANG Zhuguo; HOU Yudong


    The Nd-doped BaTiO3 nanocrystalline powders and ceramics with different Ti/Ba ratios were prepared by sol-gel method. Phases and microstructures of the Nd-doped BaTiO3based powders and ceramics were characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM methods. The results revealed that the powders synthesized by sol-gel method were nanometer scale (30-60 nm)and were mainly composed of cubic BaTiO3 with a small amount of BaCO3. After sintering at high temperature, both cubic BaTiO3 and BaCO3 were transformed into tetrahedron BaTiO3 phase.The dielectric properties of the ceramics were also determined and the influence of Ti/Ba ratio on the dielectric properties was discussed. The Tc did not change with the variation of Ti/Ba ratio,while the εmax increased firstly and then decreased. The excess TiO2 is benefit for the modification of ceramics' microstructure and dielectric properties.

  18. High temperature dielectric relaxation anomaly of Y³⁺ and Mn²⁺ doped barium strontium titanate ceramics

    Yan, Shiguang; Mao, Chaoliang, E-mail:, E-mail:; Wang, Genshui; Yao, Chunhua; Cao, Fei; Dong, Xianlin, E-mail:, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials and Devices, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China)


    Relaxation like dielectric anomaly is observed in Y³⁺ and Mn²⁺ doped barium strontium titanate ceramics when the temperature is over 450 K. Apart from the conventional dielectric relaxation analysis method with Debye or modified Debye equations, which is hard to give exact temperature dependence of the relaxation process, dielectric response in the form of complex impedance, assisted with Cole-Cole impedance model corrected equivalent circuits, is adopted to solve this problem and chase the polarization mechanism in this paper. Through this method, an excellent description to temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation anomaly and its dominated factors are achieved. Further analysis reveals that the exponential decay of the Cole distribution parameter n with temperature is confirmed to be induced by the microscopic lattice distortion due to ions doping and the interaction between the defects. At last, a clear sight to polarization mechanism containing both the intrinsic dipolar polarization and extrinsic distributed oxygen vacancies hopping response under different temperature is obtained.

  19. Maximising electro-mechanical response by minimising grain-scale strain heterogeneity in phase-change actuator ceramics

    Oddershede, Jette; Hossain, Mohammad Jahangir; Daniels, John E.


    Phase-change actuator ceramics directly couple electrical and mechanical energies through an electric-field-induced phase transformation. These materials are promising for the replacement of the most common electro-mechanical ceramic, lead zirconate titanate, which has environmental concerns. Here......, we show that by compositional modification, we reduce the grain-scale heterogeneity of the electro-mechanical response by 40%. In the materials investigated, this leads to an increase in the achievable electric-field-induced strain of the bulk ceramic of 45%. Compositions of (100-x)Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-(x...... heterogeneity can be achieved by precise control of the lattice distortions and orientation distributions of the induced phases. The current results can be used to guide the design of next generation high-strain electro-mechanical ceramic actuator materials....

  20. Correlation between nanostructural and electrical properties of barium titanate-based glass-ceramic nano-composites

    Al-Assiri, M.S., E-mail: [Department of Physics, King Khaled University, P.O. Box 9003, Abha (Saudi Arabia); El-Desoky, M.M., E-mail: [Department of Physics, King Khaled University, P.O. Box 9003, Abha (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Suez (Egypt)


    Highlights: > Glasses have been transformed into nanomaterials by annealing at crystallization temperature. > Glass-ceramic nano-composites are important because of their new physical. > Grain sizes are the most significant structural parameter in electronic nanocrystalline phases. > These phases are very high electrical conductivity. > Hence, glass-ceramic nanocrystals are expected to be used, as gas sensors. - Abstract: Glasses in the system BaTiO{sub 3}-V{sub 2}O{sub 5}-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} have been transformed into glass-ceramic nano-composites by annealing at crystallization temperature T{sub cr} determined from DSC thermograms. After annealing they consist of small crystallites embedded in glassy matrix. The crystallization temperature T{sub cr} increases with increasing BaTiO{sub 3} content. XRD and TEM of the glass-ceramic nano-composites show that nanocrystals were embedded in the glassy matrix with an average grain size of 25 nm. The resulting materials exhibit much higher electrical conductivity than the initial glasses. It was postulated that the major role in the conductivity enhancement of these nanomaterials is played by the developed interfacial regions between crystalline and amorphous phases, in which the concentration of V{sup 4+}-V{sup 5+} pairs responsible for electron hopping, has higher than values that inside the glassy matrix. The experimental results were discussed in terms of a model proposed in this work and based on a 'core-shell' concept. From the best fits, reasonable values of various small polaron hopping (SPH) parameters were obtained. The conduction was attributed to non-adiabatic hopping of small polaron.

  1. 钛酸钾晶须耐碱多孔陶瓷的制备及表征%Preparation and Characterization of Alkaline Resistant Porous Ceramics from Potassium Titanate Whiskers

    周亚新; 刘畅; 何明; 杨祝红; 冯新; 陆小华


    The preparation and characterization of alkaline resistant porous ceramics from potassium titanate whiskers are studied. K2Ti4O9 whiskers in the whisker preforms (mixtures of K2Ti6O13 and K2Ti4O9) were completely converted to K2Ti6O13 at 960℃. The alkaline resistance as well as the change in bending strength, porosity and permeability of the ceramics was investigated by altering the composition of the preforms in which the content of K2Ti6O13 whiskers was higher than 50% (molar fraction). The alkaline resistance of the porous K2Ti6O13 ceramics is found much higher than that of Al2O3 in caustic NaOH solutions, and further study indicates that the K2Ti6O13ceramics can be stably used in solutions of pH>2.0. The bending strength increases initially with the content of the raw K2Ti6O13 in the preforms up to 66% (molar fraction) and then decreases, contrary to the behaviors of porosity and permeability. The values of bending strength, porosity and permeability of the ceramics prepared from the precomparable to those of the porous Al2O3 ceramics.

  2. Pyrochlore-rich titanate ceramics for the immobilization of plutonium: redox effects on phase equilibria in cerium- and thorium- substituted analogs

    Ryerson, F J; Ebbinghaus, B


    Three compositions representing plutonium-free analogs of a proposed Ca-Ti-Gd-Hf-U-PU oxide ceramic for the immobilization of plutonium were equilibrated at 1 atm, 1350 C over a range of oxygen fugacities between air and that equivalent to the iron-wuestite buffer. The cerium analog replaces Pu on a mole-per-mole basic with Ce; the thorium analog replaces Pu with Th. A third material has 10 wt% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} added to the cerium analog to encourage the formation of a Hf-analog of, CaHfTi{sub 2}O{sub 7}, zirconolite, which is referred to as hafnolite. The predominant phase produced in each formulation under all conditions is pyrochlore, A{sub 2}T{sub 2}O{sub 7}, where the T site is filled by Ti, and Ca, the lanthanides, Hf, U and Pu are accommodated on the A-site. Other lanthanide and uranium-bearing phases encountered include brannerite (UTi{sub 2}O{sub 6}), hafnolite (CaHfTi{sub 2}O{sub 7}), perovskite (CaTiO{sub 3}) and a calcium-lanthanide aluminotitanate with nominal stoichiometry (Ca,Ln)Ti{sub 2}Al{sub 9}O{sub 19}, where Ln is a lanthanide. The phase compositions show progressive shifts with decreasing oxygen fugacity. All of the phases observed have previously been identified in titanate-based high-level radioactive waste ceramics and demonstrate the flexibility of these ceramics to variations in processing parameters. The main variation is an increase in the uranium concentrations of pyrochlore and brannerite which must be accommodated by variations in modal abundance. Pyrochlore compositions are consistent with existing spectroscopic data suggesting that uranium is predominantly pentavalent in samples synthesized in air. A simple model based on ideal stoichiometry suggests the U{sup +4}/{Sigma}U varies linearly with log fO{sub 2} and that all of the uranium is quadravalent at the iron-wuestite buffer.

  3. Processing, properties, and application of textured 0.72lead(magnesium niobate)-0.28lead titanate ceramics

    Brosnan, Kristen H.

    In this study, XRD and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques were used to characterize the fiber texture in oriented PMN-28PT and the intensity data were fit with a texture model (the March-Dollase equation) that describes the texture in terms of texture fraction (f), and the width of the orientation distribution (r). EBSD analysis confirmed the orientation of the microstructure, with no distinguishable randomly oriented, fine grain matrix. Although XRD rocking curve and EBSD data analysis gave similar f and r values, XRD rocking curve analysis was the most efficient and gave a complete description of texture fraction and texture orientation (f = 0.81 and r = 0.21, respectively). XRD rocking curve analysis was the preferred approach for characterization of the texture volume and the orientation distribution of texture in fiber-oriented PMN-PT. The dielectric, piezoelectric and electromechanical properties for random ceramic, 69 vol% textured, 81 vol% textured, and single crystal PMN-28PT were fully characterized and compared. The room temperature dielectric constant at 1 kHz for highly textured PMN-28PT was epsilonr ≥ 3600 with low dielectric loss (tan delta = 0.004). The temperature dependence of the dielectric constant for 81 vol% textured ceramic followed a similar trend as the single crystal PMN-28PT up to the rhombohedral to tetragonal transition temperature (TRT) at 104°C. 81 vol% textured PMN-28PT consistently displayed 60 to 65% of the single crystal PMN-28PT piezoelectric coefficient (d33) and 1.5 to 3.0 times greater than the random ceramic d33 (measured by Berlincourt meter, unipolar strain-field curves, IEEE standard resonance method, and laser vibrometry). The 81 vol% textured PMN-28PT displayed similarly low piezoelectric hysteresis as single crystal PMN-28PT measured by strain-field curves at 5 kV/cm. 81 vol% textured PMN-28PT and single crystal PMN-28PT displayed similar mechanical quality factors of QM = 74 and 76, respectively. The

  4. F-centers mechanism of long-term relaxation in lead zirconate-titanate based piezoelectric ceramics. 2. After-field relaxation

    Ishchuk, V. M.; Kuzenko, D. V.


    The paper presents results of experimental study of the dielectric constant relaxation during aging process in Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 based solid solutions (PZT) after action of external DC electric field. The said process is a long-term one and is described by the logarithmic function of time. Reversible and nonreversible relaxation process takes place depending on the field intensity. The relaxation rate depends on the field strength also, and the said dependence has nonlinear and nonmonotonic form, if external field leads to domain disordering. The oxygen vacancies-based model for description of the long-term relaxation processes is suggested. The model takes into account the oxygen vacancies on the sample's surface ends, their conversion into F+- and F0-centers under external effects and subsequent relaxation of these centers into the simple oxygen vacancies after the action termination. F-centers formation leads to the violation of the original sample's electroneutrality, and generate intrinsic DC electric field into the sample. Relaxation of F-centers is accompanied by the reduction of the electric field, induced by them, and relaxation of the dielectric constant, as consequent effect.

  5. Description of tritium release from lithium titanate at constant temperature

    Pena, L.; Lagos, S.; Jimenez, J.; Saravia, E. [Comision Chilena de Energia Nuclear, Santiago (Chile)


    Lithium Titanate Ceramics have been prepared by the solid-state route, pebbles and pellets were fabricated by extrusion and their microstructure was characterized in our laboratories. The ceramic material was irradiated in the La Reina Reactor, RECH-1. A study of post-irradiation annealing test, was performed measuring Tritium release from the Lithium Titanate at constant temperature. The Bertone`s method modified by R. Verrall is used to determine the parameters of Tritium release from Lithium Titanate. (author)

  6. Comment on ``Monoclinic phase of PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 ceramics: Raman and phenomenological thermodynamic studies''

    Frantti, J.; Lappalainen, J.; Lantto, V.; Nishio, S.; Kakihana, M.


    Recently, Souza Filho et al. [A. G. Souza Filho, K. C. V. Lima, A. P. Ayala, I. Guedes, P. T. C. Freire, J. Mendes Filho, E. B. Araujo, and J. A. Eiras, Phys. Rev. B 61, 14 283 (2000)] reported a phase transition between monoclinic and tetragonal phases as a function of temperature in a PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 ceramic sample, observed by Raman spectroscopy. We show that their observation has no relation to the phase transition and the anomaly they interpreted as an indication of a phase transition was due to the erroneous curve fit procedure, which predicts a clearly observable phase transition for all tetragonal lead-zirconate-titanate ceramics, including lead titanate. A more appropriate way to study this phase transition phenomena by Raman spectroscopy is discussed.

  7. Effects of Copper Doping on Dielectric and A.C. Conductivity in Layered Sodium Tri-Titanate Ceramic

    Shripal; Dwivedi, Shailja; Singh, Rakesh; Tandon, R. P.


    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of 0.01, 0.1 and 1.0 molar percentage (mp) of CuO doped derivatives of layered Na2Ti3O7 ceramic have been reported. The results show that copper substitutes as Cu2+ at Ti4+ octahedral sites. From the dependence of loss tangent (tan δ) and the relative permittivity (ɛ‧) on temperature and frequency, it is concluded that all the derivatives are of polar nature. The relaxation peaks at lower temperatures have been attributed to the presence of different types of dipoles, whereas peaks in the higher temperature region indicate possible ferroelectric phase transition. The dependence of conductivity on temperature show that electron hopping (polaron) conduction exists in a wide span of temperature range. However, the associated interlayer ionic conduction exists in a small temperature range. Interlayer alkali ion hopping mechanism of conduction has been proposed toward higher temperatures. The conductivity versus frequency plots reveal that the polaron conduction plays a prominent role toward the lower temperature side that diminishes with the rise in temperature. The most probable relaxation times for 0.01 and 0.1 mp CuO doped derivatives are almost same but it records an increased value for 1.0 mp doped material. This again attributes to the possible change in the symmetry of copper environment.

  8. Effect of Excess Lead and Bismuth Content on the Electrical Properties of High-Temperature Bismuth Scandium Lead Titanate Ceramics

    Sehirlioglu, Alp; Sayir, Ali


    Aeronautic and aerospace applications require piezoelectric materials that can operate at high temperatures. The air-breathing aeronautic engines can use piezoelectric actuators for active combustion control for fuel modulation to mitigate thermo-acoustic instabilities and/or gas flow control to improve efficiency. The principal challenge for the insertion of piezoelectric materials is their limitation for upper use temperature and this limitation is due low Curie temperature and increasing conductivity. We investigated processing, microstructure and property relationship of (1-x)BiScO3-(x)PbTiO3 (BS-PT) composition as a promising high temperature piezoelectric. The effect of excess Pb and Bi and their partitioning in grain boundaries were studied using impedance spectroscopy, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric measurement techniques. Excess Pb addition increased the grain boundary conduction and the grain boundary area (average grain size was 24.8 m, and 1.3 m for compositions with 0at.% and 5at.% excess Pb, respectively) resulting in ceramics with higher AC conductivity (tan d= 0.9 and 1.7 for 0at.% and 5at.% excess Pb at 350 C and at 10kHz) that were not resistive enough to pole. Excess Bi addition increased the resistivity (rho= 4.1x10(exp 10) Omega cm and 19.6 x10(exp 10) for compositions with 0at.% and 5at.% excess Bi, respectively), improved poling, and increased the piezoelectric coefficient from 137 to 197 pC/N for 5at.% excess Bi addition. In addition, loss tangent decreased more than one order of magnitude at elevated temperatures (greater than 300 C). For all compositions the activation energy of the conducting species was similar (approximately equal to 0.35-0.40 eV) and indicated electronic conduction.

  9. Saturation of impurity-rich phases in a cerium-substituted pyrochlore-rich titanate ceramic: part 1 experimental results

    Ryerson, F J; Ebbinghaus, B; Kirkorian, O; VanKonynenburg, R


    The saturation of impurity-rich accessory phases in a Ce-analog baseline ceramic formulation for the immobilization of excess plutonium has been tested by synthesizing an impurity-rich baseline compositions at 1300 C, 1350 C, and 1400 C in air. Impurity oxides are added at the 10 wt% level. The resulting phases assemblages are typically rich in pyrochlore, Hf-zirconolite (hafnolite), brannerite and rutile, but in many instances also contain an accessory mineral enriched in the impurity oxide. The concentration of that oxide in coexisting pyrochlore sets the saturation limit for solid solution of the component in question. In most cases, the accessory phase does not contain significant amounts of Ce, Gd or U. Exceptions are the stabilization of a Ca-lanthanide phosphate and a phosphate glass when P{sub 2}O{sub 5} is added to the formulation. P{sub 2}O{sub 5} addition is also very effective in reducing the modal amount of pyrochlore in the form relative to brannerite. Addition of the sodium-aluminosilicate, NaAlSiO{sub 4}, also results in the formation of a grain boundary melt at run conditions, but the fate of this phase on cooling is not well determined. At temperatures above 1300 C, addition of 10 wt% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} also leads to melting. Substitution of cations of different valences can also be associated with model-dependent changes in the oxidation state of uranium via charge transfer reactions. A set of simple components is suggested for the description of pyrochlores in both impurity-free and impurity-rich formulations.

  10. Dielectric properties of neodymium-modified PLZT ceramics

    Płońska, M.; Adamczyk, M.


    Relaxor ferroelectrics or relaxors are a class of disordered single crystals and ceramic materials, of peculiar structure as well as properties. The commonly known examples of such materials are Pb(Mg,Nb)O3 (PMN) ceramics as well as single crystals. The second most extensively studied relaxor ceramics is lanthanum-doped lead zirconate-titanate, described as x/65/35 PLZT when lanthanum content is x = 6-10 at%. Throughout the last few decades, there has been an increasing interest in rare-earth-doped PLZT ceramics, because PLZT can be easily substituted with lanthanide elements for La3+ ions. For this reason, the present studies concern the changes in microstructure and crystal structure as well as in dielectric properties, caused by modification of 8/65/35 PLZT with neodymium dopant. Modification of this material with Nd3+ influences the microstructure, electrooptical and dielectric properties, whereas the changes in crystal structure are slight. It was also observed that the maximum value of dielectric properties decreases and moves to a low temperature. Described changes in physical properties are associated with the significant improvement of relaxor properties, characteristic for pure 8/65/35 PLZT ceramics.

  11. Phase transition characteristics and dielectric properties of rare-earth (La, Pr, Nd, Gd) doped Ba(Zr0.09Ti0.91)O-3 ceramics


    A-site deficient rare-earth doped barium zirconate titanate (BZT) ceramics (Ba1−yLn2y/3)Zr0.09Ti0.91O3 (Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Gd) are obtained by a modified solid-state reaction method. Perovskite-like single-phase compounds were confirmed from X-ray diffraction data. Morphological analysis on sintered samples shows that the addition of rare-earth ions inhibits the growth of the grain and remarkably changes the grain morphology. The effect of rare-earth addition to BZT on phase transition and diel...

  12. Electroinduced structural change- and random walks-based impact on the light emission in Er3+/Yb3+ doped (Pb,La)(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics

    Xu, L.; Zhang, J.; Zhang, S.; Xu, C.; Zou, Y. K.; Zhao, H.


    Remarkable enhancement/reduction of light emission and competition among different wavebands with rare earth doped lanthanum lead zirconate titanate ceramics were observed in a corona atmosphere caused by an externally applied electric field. Quantum-mechanical analyses, based on variation of structural symmetry of the unit cell and hence the crystal field due to electrostriction, were given to elucidate the effect. Apart from the symmetry of crystal field, the obvious contribution from the optoenergy storage and weak localization of light involved were discussed. These results are promising in designing and implementation of lasers and sensors.

  13. PLZT x/65/35 ceramics (x = 2 and 4) under electromechanical and temperature loading

    Suchanicz, J.; Pytel, K.; Konieczny, K.; Jankowska-Sumara, I.; Sokolowski, M.; Finder, A.; Antonova, M.; Sternberg, A.


    The effect of uniaxial pressure (0-1000 bars) applied parallel to the ac electric field on dielectric properties of La-modified lead-zirconate-titanate, Pb(Ti,Zr)O3 (PZT), ceramics with Zr/Ti ratio of 65/35 was investigated. The experimental results revealed that applying uniaxial pressure leads to a reduction of the peak intensity of the electric permittivity (ε), of the frequency dispersion as well as of the dielectric hysteresis. Moreover, with increasing pressure, the peak intensity of ε becomes diffuse and shifts to a higher temperature. It was concluded that applying uniaxial pressure induces similar effects as increasing the Ti-ion concentration in PZT system. The obtained results were interpreted through Cochran soft-mode and domain switching processes under action of combined electromechanical loading. These studies clearly showed that the applied stress has significant influence on the dielectric properties of perovskite ceramics.

  14. Anion and cation diffusion in barium titanate and strontium titanate; Anionen- und Kationendiffusion in Barium- und Strontiumtitanat

    Kessel, Markus Franz


    Perovskite oxides show various interesting properties providing several technical applications. In many cases the defect chemistry is the key to understand and influence the material's properties. In this work the defect chemistry of barium titanate and strontium titanate is analysed by anion and cation diffusion experiments and subsequent time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). The reoxidation equation for barium titanate used in multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is found out by a combination of different isotope exchange experiments and the analysis of the resulting tracer diffusion profiles. It is shown that the incorporation of oxygen from water vapour is faster by orders of magnitude than from molecular oxygen. Chemical analysis shows the samples contain various dopants leading to a complex defect chemistry. Dysprosium is the most important dopant, acting partially as a donor and partially as an acceptor in this effectively acceptor-doped material. TEM and EELS analysis show the inhomogeneous distribution of Dy in a core-shell microstructure. The oxygen partial pressure and temperature dependence of the oxygen tracer diffusion coefficients is analysed and explained by the complex defect chemistry of Dy-doped barium titanate. Additional fast diffusion profiles are attributed to fast diffusion along grain boundaries. In addition to the barium titanate ceramics from an important technical application, oxygen diffusion in cubic, nominally undoped BaTiO{sub 3} single crystals has been studied by means of {sup 18}O{sub 2}/{sup 16}O{sub 2} isotope exchange annealing and subsequent determination of the isotope profiles in the solid by ToF-SIMS. It is shown that a correct description of the diffusion profiles requires the analysis of the diffusion through the surface space-charge into the material's bulk. Surface exchange coefficients, space-charge potentials and bulk diffusion coefficients are analysed as a function of oxygen partial




    Full Text Available The dielectric and pyroelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate/poly(vinyl chloride [PZT/PVC] and barium titanate/poly(vinyl chloride [BaTiO3/ PVC] composites were studied. Flexible composites were fabricated in the thin films form (200-400 μm by hot-pressed method. Powders of PZT or BaTiO3 in the shape of ≤ 75 μm ceramics particles were dispersed in a PVC matrix, providing composites with 0-3} connectivity. Distribution of the ceramic particles in the polymer phase was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The analysis of the thermally stimulated currents (TSC have also been done. The changes of dielectric and pyroelectric data on composites with different contents of ceramics up to 40% volume were investigated. The dielectric constants were measured in the frequency range from 600 Hz to 6 MHz at room temperature. The pyroelectric coefficient for BaTiO3/PVC composite at 343 K is about 35 μC/m2K which is higher than that of β-PVDF (10 μC/m2 K.

  16. Microstructure and dielectric properties of dysprosium-doped barium titanate ceramics Microestrutura e propriedades dielétricas de cerâmicas de titanato de bário dopado com disprósio

    Y. Pu


    Full Text Available The substitution behavior and lattice parameter of barium titanate between solid_solubility with a dopant concentration in the range of 0.25 to 1.5 mol% are studied. The influences of dysprosium-doped fraction on the grain size and dielectric properties of barium titanate ceramic, including dielectric constant and breakdown electric field strength, are investigated via scanning electronic microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electric property tester. The results show that, at a dysprosium concentration of 0.75 mol%, the abnormal grain growth is inhibited and the lattice parameters of grain rise up to the maximum because of the lowest vacancy concentration. In addition, the finegrain and high density of barium titanate ceramic result in its excellent dielectric properties. The relative dielectric constant (25 °C reaches to 4100. The temperature coefficient of the capacitance varies from -10 to 10% within the temperature range of -15 °C -100 °C, and the breakdown electric field strength (alternating current achieves 3.2 kV/mm. These data suggest that our barium titanate could be used in the manufacture of high voltage ceramic capacitors.Foram estudados o comportamento da substituição e o parâmetro de rede de titanato de bário da solubilidade sólida com uma concentração de dopante na faixa 0,25-1,5 mol%. As influências da fração do dopante disprósio no tamanho de grão e nas propriedades dielétricas da cerâmica de titanato de bário, incluindo constante dielétrica e rigidez dielétrica foram investigadas por meio de microscopia eletrônica de varredura, difração de raios X e teste de propriedades elétricas. Os resultados mostram que a uma concentração de disprósio de 0,75 mol% o crescimento anormal de grão é inibido e os parâmetros de rede aumentam até um máximo devido a menor concentração de vacâncias. Além disso, as cerâmicas de grãos pequenos e alta densidade resultam em excelentes propriedades dielétricas. A

  17. High-Performance Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cells with Thin-Film Yttrium-Doped Barium Cerate-Zirconate Electrolytes on Compositionally Gradient Anodes.

    Bae, Kiho; Lee, Sewook; Jang, Dong Young; Kim, Hyun Joong; Lee, Hunhyeong; Shin, Dongwook; Son, Ji-Won; Shim, Joon Hyung


    In this study, we used a compositionally gradient anode functional layer (AFL) consisting of Ni-BaCe(0.5)Zr(0.35)Y(0.15)O(3-δ) (BCZY) with increasing BCZY contents toward the electrolyte-anode interface for high-performance protonic ceramic fuel cells. It is identified that conventional homogeneous AFLs fail to stably accommodate a thin film of BCZY electrolyte. In contrast, a dense 2 μm thick BCZY electrolyte was successfully deposited onto the proposed gradient AFL with improved adhesion. A fuel cell containing this thin electrolyte showed a promising maximum peak power density of 635 mW cm(-2) at 600 °C, with an open-circuit voltage of over 1 V. Impedance analysis confirmed that minimizing the electrolyte thickness is essential for achieving a high power output, suggesting that the anode structure is important in stably accommodating thin electrolytes.

  18. Study of the microstructure and the hardness of PZT piezoelectric ceramics types I and III used in electro acoustic transducers; Estudo da microestrutura e da microdureza das ceramicas piezoeletricas tipos PZT I e III utilizadas em transdutores eletroacusticos

    Cabral, Ricardo de Freitas; Itaboray, Lucas Mendes; Santos, Anna Paula de Oliveira [Centro Universitario de Volta Redonda (UNIFOA), Volta Redonda, RJ (Brazil)


    The field of electronic processing of the ceramic piezoelectric type imported powdered led to the production of ceramics with 97% of theoretical density, homogeneous microstructure with great potential for applications in piezoelectric devices such as electro acoustic transducers. However, the production of electronic ceramics National piezoelectric type is not yet able to have as raw material zirconate titanate Lead (PZT) 100% made in Brazil. Thus, this is used for supply of domestic production, the zirconium oxide. In this work, both post PZT types I and III, imported, were uniaxially pressed at 70 MPa and sintered at 1200 and 1250 deg C for 3 hours. Hardness measurements were performed by micro indentation, X-ray diffraction analysis and Scanning Electron Microscopy. The hardness of PZT I was 393 HV. (author)

  19. Properties of La2O3-Doped PNSZT Piezoelectric Ceramics Having Tetragonal and Rhombohedral Coexistent Phases


    The relationship between composition and the electric mechanical properties for La2O3-doped lead niobium stibium zirconate titanate(La2O3-doped PNSZT) piezoelectric ceramics,in which there are tetragonal and rhombohedral coexistent phases, was studied. A series of piezoelectric ceramics with good properties was obtained, having dielectric constants(ε=1500~2500), plane electromechanical coupling factor(Kp=0.45~0.65), mechanical quality factor(Qm=500~1600). These materials are used for making ultrasonic sensor and filter, and marine acoustic launching and receiving device, and so on. It has been explored that the influence of composition on the lattice constant and phase composition of La2O3-doped PNSZT piezoelectric ceramics by XRD(X-ray diffraction). The character of dielectric constant changing of La2O3-doped PNSZT piezoelectric ceramics before polarization and after polarization was studied. The affecting mechanism about composition on the electric machine properties of phase coexistent La2O3-doped PNSZT piezoelectric ceramics was analyzed and discussed.

  20. Natural radioactivity and radon specific exhalation rate of zircon sands

    Righi, S.; Verita, S.; Bruzzi, L. [Bologna Univ., Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca per le Scienze Ambientali and Dipt. di Fisica, Ravenna (Italy); Albertazzi, A. [Italian Ceramic Center, Bologna (Italy)


    The study focuses on the radon emanation from zircon sands and their derivatives, which are widely used in many sectors of industry. In particular, the results obtained by experimental measurements on samples of zircon sands and zircon flours commonly used in Italian ceramic industries are reported. Zircon sands contain a significant concentration of natural radioactivity because Th and U may substitute zirconium in the zircon crystal lattice. The relevant routes of exposure of workers to T.E.N.O.R.M. from zircon materials are external radiation and internal exposure, either by inhalation of aerosols in dusty working conditions or by inhalation of radon in workplaces. The main objective of this investigation is to provide experimental data able to better calculate the internal exposure of workers due to radon inhalation. Zircon samples were surveyed for natural radioactivity, radon specific exhalation rate and emanation fraction. Measurements of radioactivity concentration were carried out using {gamma}-spectrometry. Methods used for determining radon consisted in determining the {sup 222}Rn activity accumulated in a vessel after a given accumulation build-up time. The average activity concentrations of {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th in samples result about 2600 and 550 Bq kg-1, respectively; these concentrations are significantly higher than the world average noticed in soils, rocks and Earth crust. The {sup 222}Rn specific exhalation rates result very low probably due to the low porosity of the material and the consequent difficulty for radon to be released from the zircon crystal lattice. (author)

  1. History and challenges of barium titanate: Part I

    Vijatović M.M.


    Full Text Available Barium titanate is the first ferroelectric ceramics and a good candidate for a variety of applications due to its excellent dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties. Barium titanate is a member of a large family of compounds with the general formula ABO3 called perovskites. Barium titanate can be prepared using different methods. The synthesis method depends on the desired characteristics for the end application. The used method has a significant influence on the structure and properties of barium titanate materials. In this review paper, Part I contains a study of the BaTiO3 structure and frequently used synthesis methods.

  2. Comparison of the properties of tonpilz transducers fabricated with 001 fiber-textured lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate ceramic and single crystals.

    Brosnan, Kristen H; Messing, Gary L; Markley, Douglas C; Meyer, Richard J


    Tonpilz transducers are fabricated from 001 fiber-textured 0.72Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O(3)-0.28PbTiO(3) (PMN-28PT) ceramics, obtained by the templated grain growth process, and PMN-28PT ceramic and Bridgman grown single crystals of the same composition. In-water characterization of single element transducers shows higher source levels, higher in-water coupling, and more usable bandwidth for the 81 vol % textured PMN-28PT device than for the ceramic PMN-28PT element. The 81 vol % textured PMN-28PT tonpilz element measured under large signals shows linearity in sound pressure levels up to 0.23 MV/m drive field but undergoes a phase transition due to a lowered transition temperature from the SrTiO(3) template particles. Although the textured ceramic performs well in this application, it could be further improved with compositional tailoring to raise the transition temperature and better processing to improve the texture quality. With these improvements textured piezoelectric ceramics will be viable options for medical ultrasound, actuators, and sonar applications because of their ease of processing, compositional homogeneity, and potentially lower cost than single crystal.

  3. Micro-power generator supplying source for integrated circuit chip based on Pb(Sn,Zr,Ti)O3 ferroelectric ceramic

    Zhang, Zhenhai; Cui, Zhanzhong; Yan, Jinglong; Li, Kejie


    We have demonstrated both experimentally and theoretically that a tin-modified and niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate (Pb(Sn,Zr,Ti)O3) ferroelectric generator system can function as a micro-power supplying source for integrated circuit (IC) chip of separate nonelectric impulse input shock tube digital delay detonator. The ferroelectric ceramic phase transition under transverse shock wave compression can charge an external storage capacitor. The ferroelectric ceramic micro-pulsed-power system is capable of generating low output voltage pulses with an amplitude of 54.2 V and with transferred energy of 1.73 mJ, ultimately supplying an IC chip with micro-power. This work presents the methodology for theoretical analysis and experimental operation of the ferroelectric generator. Theoretical calculations are conducted based on circuit analysis law and principles of dynamic high pressure and shock wave physics. The experimental results were in good agreement with the theoretical analysis.

  4. Doped barium titanate nanoparticles

    T K Kundu; A Jana; P Barik


    We have synthesized nickel (Ni) and iron (Fe) ion doped BaTiO3 nanoparticles through a chemical route using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). The concentration of dopant varies from 0 to 2 mole% in the specimens. The results from X-ray diffractograms and transmission electron micrographs show that the particle diameters in the specimen lie in the range 24–40 nm. It is seen that the dielectric permittivity in doped specimens is enhanced by an order of magnitude compared to undoped barium titanate ceramics. The dielectric permittivity shows maxima at 0.3 mole% doping of Fe ion and 0.6 mole% of Ni ion. The unusual dielectric behaviour of the specimens is explained in terms of the change in crystalline structure of the specimens.

  5. Overview of multilayer ceramic actuator program at C-MET

    Raghu, N.; Kumar, V.; Dayas, K. R.; Rao, I. C.


    One of the major programs being undertaken in our unit is, development of actuator materials and conversion of these materials into multilayer actuator devices. In order to achieve this objective, development of piezoelectric and electrostrictive materials are also being attempted. A simple and novel chemical precipitation route has been adopted for the synthesis of nano-actuator materials. Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) powder, free of agglomerates, phase pure, good chemical homogeneity and of 50 - 75 nm size has been synthesized. Synthesis of nano Ba(Sn,Ti)O3 which shows linear, nearly hysteresis free strain curve is also discussed. Phase pure electrostrictive Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate (PMN-PT) powder with a dielectric constant of 25,000 and a Tc of 38°C was prepared through double-step process. C-MET has state of the art facility for multilayer (ML) ceramic processing. These Nano-PZT powders have been converted into 50 micron green tapes through tape casting technique. Characteristics of these synthesized materials and the fabrication of ML actuators there from are presented.

  6. Dielectric response of PLZT ceramics /57/43 across ferroelectric– paraelectric phase transition

    A K Shukla; V K Agrawal; I M L Das; Janardan Singh; S L Srivastava


    The dielectric properties of lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) ceramics [Pb(Zr0.57Ti0.43)O3 + at% of La, = 3, 5, 6, 10 and 12] have been measured in the frequency range 1 Hz–1 MHz using the vector impedance spectroscopy (VIS) at different temperatures. All the compositions show both non-dispersive and dispersive dielectric responses in different temperature regions. The non-dispersive region obeys the universal dielectric response. A low frequency (< 1 kHz) relaxation phenomenon with a high value of distribution parameter `ℎ’ (∼0.4 to 0.6) has been observed in all the compositions around the temperature corresponding to themaximum dielectric constant (m). The activation energies as calculated from the relaxation and d.c. conduction processes are comparable. The ferroelectric phase transition is diffuse in nature and broadening of the peak increases with La content.

  7. Parameter Optimization in the Synthesis of BZT Ceramics to Achieve Good Dielectric Properties

    A. Frattini


    Full Text Available The powder synthesis of barium zirconate titanate (BZT (BaZrTiO3 from the mechanochemical activation of BaCO3, ZrO2, and TiO2 was studied. The grinding effect, by using a planetary ball milling, on the crystallization temperature of BZT powders was analyzed. X-ray diffractometry, differential thermal analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM were used as characterization methods. The crystallization behavior of powders activated by high-energy grinding and the effect of grinding time on the BZT crystallization were analyzed. After grinding by 4 h, the BaZr(0.05Ti(0.95O3 sample was almost fully crystallized at . The results of dielectric and ferroelectric properties show that high-energy ball milling is a practical and promising way to prepare BZT ceramics.

  8. Three-degree-of-freedom ultrasonic motor using a 5-mm-diameter piezoelectric ceramic tube.

    Mingsen Guo; Junhui Hu; Hua Zhu; Chunsheng Zhao; Shuxiang Dong


    A small three-degree-of-freedom ultrasonic motor has been developed using a simple piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-tube stator (OD 5 mm, ID 3 mm, length 15 mm). The stator drives a ball-rotor into rotational motion around one of three orthogonal (x-, y-, and z-) axes by combing the first longitudinal and second bending vibration modes. A motor prototype was fabricated and characterized; its performance was superior to those of previous motors made with a PZT ceramic/metal composite stator of comparable size. The method for further improving the performance was discussed. The motor can be further miniaturized and it has potential to be applied to medical microrobots, endoscopes or micro laparoscopic devices, and cell manipulation devices.

  9. 锆钛酸铅纳米粉体的凝胶燃烧法制备及表征%Fabrication and Characterization of Lead Zirconate Titanate Nano-Powder with a Gel-Combustion Method

    彭秧锡; 张萍; 胡传跃


    Nano-powders of PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT) were fabricated by a developed gel-combustion method using meta-titanic acid,hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, lead acetate and zirconium nitrate as raw materials, and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) and citric acid as a complexing agent and an incendiary agent, respectively. H2TiO3 is firstly dissolved in a mixture solution of H2O2 and NH3·H2O with the same mole ratio, then the citric acid is added into the above solution, obtaining a brown-red transparent solution,which is added with the identical mole ratio of EDTA-complexed Pb2+ and Zr4+ solutions. The obtained mixture is heated and condensed into the gels before calcined at different temperatures to prepare nano-powders of PZT. The results show that the nano-powders of PZT from the gels forms at 400-500 ℃. The nano-powders of PZT in the grain size range of 50-150 nm can be obtained after calcined at 700 ℃ for 4 h.%以偏钛酸、双氧水、氨水、乙酸铅和硝酸锆为原料,乙二胺四乙酸(ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid,EDTA)为络合剂,柠檬酸为燃烧剂,采用凝胶燃烧法制备得到了锆钛酸铅(PbZr0.52Ti048O3,PZT)纳米粉体.首先,按相同摩尔比将偏钛酸溶于双氧水和氨水的混合溶液中,再加入适量的柠檬酸,得到棕红色透明溶液,向该溶液中加入由EDTA络合的等摩尔的Pb2+溶液与适量的Zr4+溶液,再将此混合溶液加热浓缩成胶状物后在不同温度煅烧,得到PZT纳米粉体.结果表明:PZT纳米粉体在400~500℃形成,将所得胶状物在700℃煅烧4h,制得的PZT纳米粉体的粒径在50~150nm之间.

  10. 复合稳定剂对钛酸铝陶瓷性能的影响%The Inlfuences of Composite Stabilizer on the Properties of Aluminum Titanate Ceramics

    桑月侠; 刘维良; 郑乃章; 曾小军


    以氧化铝(α-A12O3)粉和氧化钛(TiO2)粉为主要原料,以ZrO2、ZnO、MgO、Y2O3、La2O3为稳定剂,摩尔比为1∶1∶1∶2∶2,采用固相反应法制备出钛酸铝陶瓷。研究了复合稳定剂对钛酸铝陶瓷抗弯强度、热稳定性和显微结构的影响。采用热膨胀系数测定仪、万能试验机、X射线衍射仪、扫描电镜等对样品性能进行了表征。实验结果表明,当复合稳定剂含量为25wt.%,烧成温度为1550℃,保温时间为3h时制备的钛酸铝陶瓷性能最佳。其热膨胀系数为0.86×10-6/℃,比无稳定剂的钛酸铝陶瓷降低了35.8%;抗弯强度为48.3MPa,比无稳定剂的钛酸铝陶瓷提高了36.9%。%Low thermal expansion aluminum titanate ceramics were prepared by solid state reaction method. The method employed Al2O3and TiO2 powders as raw materials, ZrO2, ZnO, MgO, Y2O3 and La2O3 as stabilizers. The mol ratio of ZrO2/ZnO/MgO/Y2O3/La2O3 was 1:1:1:2:2. The inlfuences of composite stabilizer on lfexural strength, thermal stability and microstructure of Al2TiO5 ceramic were studied. Samples were characterized by means of thermal expansion coefifcient measuring instrument, tensile testing machine, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. The experimental results indicated that the properties of Al2TiO5 ceramic was best when the stabilizer content was 25wt%, the ifring temperature was 1450°C and the holding time was 3h. Al2TiO5 ceramic was 0.86×10-6 /°C in thermal expansion coefifcient, and decreased by 35.8%. Al2TiO5ceramic was 48.3MPa in lfexural strength, and increased by 36.9%.

  11. Broadband Electromagnetic Emission from PZT Ferroelectric Ceramics after Shock Loading

    Fiodoras ANISIMOVAS


    Full Text Available It was experimentally registered pulsed electromagnetic (EM radiation in frequency range higher than television one using wideband horns with coaxial and waveguide outputs. The EM radiation was received during shock loading of lead zirconate titanate (PZT ceramics cylinders in conventional piezoelectric ignition mechanisms. Digital oscilloscope allows registering whole series of EM pulses and each pulse from the series transmitted from horn antenna of (1 – 18 GHz operating band frequencies. There is (1 – 4 ms delay between the shock and the first pulse of the series. Duration of the series is about (3 – 4 ms. The PZT cylinders were cleaved along their axes and the surfaces formed in the process were investigated by scanning electron microscope. It was concluded that from electrical point of view PZT ceramics contain interacting subsystems. It was found that EM radiation spectrum of pulse detected by waveguide detector heads has harmonics reaching 80 GHz. Presence of harmonics higher than 20 GHz indicates on radiation due to deceleration of electrons emitted during the switching. The EM pulses in the series appear randomly and have different amplitudes which partly confirmed thesis on independent switching dynamics of small volumes governed by a local electric field.DOI:

  12. Sintering of Lead-Free Piezoelectric Sodium Potassium Niobate Ceramics

    Barbara Malič


    Full Text Available The potassium sodium niobate, K0.5Na0.5NbO3, solid solution (KNN is considered as one of the most promising, environment-friendly, lead-free candidates to replace highly efficient, lead-based piezoelectrics. Since the first reports of KNN, it has been recognized that obtaining phase-pure materials with a high density and a uniform, fine-grained microstructure is a major challenge. For this reason the present paper reviews the different methods for consolidating KNN ceramics. The difficulties involved in the solid-state synthesis of KNN powder, i.e., obtaining phase purity, the stoichiometry of the perovskite phase, and the chemical homogeneity, are discussed. The solid-state sintering of stoichiometric KNN is characterized by poor densification and an extremely narrow sintering-temperature range, which is close to the solidus temperature. A study of the initial sintering stage revealed that coarsening of the microstructure without densification contributes to a reduction of the driving force for sintering. The influences of the (K + Na/Nb molar ratio, the presence of a liquid phase, chemical modifications (doping, complex solid solutions and different atmospheres (i.e., defect chemistry on the sintering are discussed. Special sintering techniques, such as pressure-assisted sintering and spark-plasma sintering, can be effective methods for enhancing the density of KNN ceramics. The sintering behavior of KNN is compared to that of a representative piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT.

  13. Broadband Electromagnetic Emission from PZT Ferroelectric Ceramics after Shock Loading

    Fiodoras ANISIMOVAS


    Full Text Available It was experimentally registered pulsed electromagnetic (EM radiation in frequency range higher than television one using wideband horns with coaxial and waveguide outputs. The EM radiation was received during shock loading of lead zirconate titanate (PZT ceramics cylinders in conventional piezoelectric ignition mechanisms. Digital oscilloscope allows registering whole series of EM pulses and each pulse from the series transmitted from horn antenna of (1 – 18 GHz operating band frequencies. There is (1 – 4 ms delay between the shock and the first pulse of the series. Duration of the series is about (3 – 4 ms. The PZT cylinders were cleaved along their axes and the surfaces formed in the process were investigated by scanning electron microscope. It was concluded that from electrical point of view PZT ceramics contain interacting subsystems. It was found that EM radiation spectrum of pulse detected by waveguide detector heads has harmonics reaching 80 GHz. Presence of harmonics higher than 20 GHz indicates on radiation due to deceleration of electrons emitted during the switching. The EM pulses in the series appear randomly and have different amplitudes which partly confirmed thesis on independent switching dynamics of small volumes governed by a local electric field.DOI:

  14. Temperature dependence dielectric properties of modified barium titanate-PVB composites

    Joshi, N. J.; Rakshit, P. B.; Grewal, G. S.; Shrinet, V.; Pratap, A.


    In this work, attempts are made to prepare ceramic polymer-composite followed by characterization of dielectric properties. The Barium Titanate ceramic powders are synthesized using the hydrothermal process. Silane treatment is carried out on Barium Titanate powder to increase its compatibility with polymer, followed with preparation of ceramic-polymer composite. Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) is used as matrix for preparation of the composites and the concentration of Barium Titanate is increased from 60 to 90 wt%. Dielectric properties such as volume resistivity, dielectric constant, dissipation factor are evaluated. Results indicate that the dielectric constant and dissipation factor vary between 52 to 120 and 0.01 to 0.07; respectively as the relative ratio of polymer and silane modified Barium Titanate is varied. Specifically, at 90 wt% of silane modified Barium Titanate, the highest dielectric constant of 123 along with dissipation factor of 0.07 is obtained.

  15. Effect on the grain size of single-mode microwave sintered NiCuZn ferrite and zinc titanate dielectric resonator ceramics.

    Sirugudu, Roopas Kiran; Vemuri, Rama Krishna Murthy; Venkatachalam, Subramanian; Gopalakrishnan, Anisha; Budaraju, Srinivasa Murty


    Microwave sintering of materials significantly depends on dielectric, magnetic and conductive Losses. Samples with high dielectric and magnetic loss such as ferrites could be sintered easily. But low dielectric loss material such as dielectric resonators (paraelectrics) finds difficulty in generation of heat during microwave interaction. Microwave sintering of materials of these two classes helps in understanding the variation in dielectric and magnetic characteristics with respect to the change in grain size. High-energy ball milled Ni0.6Cu0.2Zn0.2Fe1.98O4-delta and ZnTiO3 are sintered in conventional and microwave methods and characterized for respective dielectric and magnetic characteristics. The grain size variation with higher copper content is also observed with conventional and microwave sintering. The grain size in microwave sintered Ni0.6Cu0.2Zn0.2Fe1.98O4-delta is found to be much small and uniform in comparison with conventional sintered sample. However, the grain size of microwave sintered sample is almost equal to that of conventional sintered sample of Ni0.3Cu0.5Zn0.2Fe1.98O4-delta. In contrast to these high dielectric and magnetic loss ferrites, the paraelectric materials are observed to sinter in presence of microwaves. Although microwave sintered zinc titanate sample showed finer and uniform grains with respect to conventional samples, the dielectric characteristics of microwave sintered sample are found to be less than that of conventional sample. Low dielectric constant is attributed to the low density. Smaller grain size is found to be responsible for low quality factor and the presence of small percentage of TiO2 is observed to achieve the temperature stable resonant frequency.

  16. Effect of domain structure on the mechanical and piezoelectric properties of lead-free alkali niobate ceramics

    Martin, Alexander; Kakimoto, Ken-ichi


    Load-bearing applications, such as actuators, require sufficient mechanical properties to guarantee long lifetime and reliability. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics show relatively low mechanical strength which decreases after applying an electric field. Thus far, evaluations of the mechanical properties have not been the focus in the case of alkali niobate-based (NKN) ceramics. For this purpose, differently poled Lix(Na0.5K0.5)1-xNbO3 ceramics have been observed by means of 3-point bending tests. Best results were achieved with Li0.02Na0.49K0.49NbO3, with a flexural strength of 115 MPa in unpoled state. This value was maximized at a 90° domain switching fraction η of about 20% to 134 MPa. Other compositions showed similar behavior, which led to the idea that domain switching can be used to enhance the mechanical properties of NKN ceramics. Internal stresses induced via domain reorientation might be the cause of this phenomenon and will be examined in this study.

  17. Maximising electro-mechanical response by minimising grain-scale strain heterogeneity in phase-change actuator ceramics

    Oddershede, Jette; Hossain, Mohammad Jahangir; Daniels, John E.


    Phase-change actuator ceramics directly couple electrical and mechanical energies through an electric-field-induced phase transformation. These materials are promising for the replacement of the most common electro-mechanical ceramic, lead zirconate titanate, which has environmental concerns. Here, we show that by compositional modification, we reduce the grain-scale heterogeneity of the electro-mechanical response by 40%. In the materials investigated, this leads to an increase in the achievable electric-field-induced strain of the bulk ceramic of 45%. Compositions of (100-x)Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-(x)BaTiO3, which initially possess a pseudo-cubic symmetry, can be tuned to undergo phase transformations to combined lower symmetry phases, thus decreasing the anisotropy of the transformation strain. Further, modelling of transformation strains of individual grains shows that minimum grain-scale strain heterogeneity can be achieved by precise control of the lattice distortions and orientation distributions of the induced phases. The current results can be used to guide the design of next generation high-strain electro-mechanical ceramic actuator materials.

  18. Dielectric properties of doped titanates of transition metals in the millimeter-wavelength range

    Rinkevich, A. B.; Perov, D. V.; Kuznetsov, E. A.; Pakhomov, Ya. A.; Ryabkov, Yu. I.


    Dielectric properties of ceramic titanates of nickel, cobalt, and manganese and their isomorphically substituted solid solutions are studied. Iron and magnesium are used as dopants. Original methods for solid-state synthesis of titanates allow variations in the dispersity of products. The structure and phase composition of products are analyzed. Microwave measurements of permittivity are performed in a frequency interval of 12-38 GHz. Real and imaginary parts of the permittivities of titanates are determined.

  19. Effects of doping, cation stoichiometry, and the processing conditions on the dielectric properties of high-K calcium copper titanate ceramics

    Kwon, Seunghwa

    Since its discovery, the anomalous dielectric behavior of CaCu3 Ti4O12 (CCTO) has drawn a great deal of attention for many possible applications in electronic devices. The origin of the giant dielectric constant in CCTO was explained via an internal barrier layer capacitor model, and it has been reported that the dielectric properties of CCTO are sensitive to its microstructure which depends upon the processing conditions. To further explore its unusual dielectric phenomena, the current study focuses on the process-property-structure relationship of the high-K CCTO via doping, cation non-stoichiometry, and sintering conditions. A variety of CCTO pellets were obtained by utilizing the different processing parameters via conventional solid-state synthesis methods. For the doping study, three types of dopants were selected with the variation of doping concentration. The study of undoped CCTO ceramics was carried out by the modification of the CuO and TiO2 content in CCTO to create the stoichiometric formula CaCu3+xTi4+yO12 (x = -0.06, 0, -0.06; y = 0.08, 0, -0.08). Different processing factors including heating and cooling rates, sintering temperature, and sintering time were applied for the study of stoichiometric CCTO. X-ray diffraction, dielectric measurements, impedance spectroscopy, thermal analysis, and electron microprobe analysis were used to determine the existence of CuO and Cu2O secondary phases, dielectric constant and loss tangent, electrical resistivity of grains and boundaries, decomposition reactions, and the microstructural changes of CCTO ceramics. It was revealed that the doping method improved the dielectric constant and loss tangent. The similar improvement in dielectric properties was also found in the Cu-deficient and Ti-deficient CCTO. The measurement and characterization results of stoichiometric CCTO clearly indicated that the dielectric properties, evolution of secondary phases, and microstructures were strongly dependent upon the processing

  20. Titan Aerial Daughtercraft Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Saturn's giant moon Titan has become one of the most fascinating bodies in the Solar System. Titan is the richest laboratory in the solar system for studying...

  1. Modelling of the measured longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient of single ceramic fibres with annular electrodes

    Pientschke, Christoph; Steinhausen, Ralf; Kern, Sabine; Beige, Horst


    A method for the measurement of the longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient d33 of single ceramic fibres with diameters 100-500 µm was recently developed. The voltage was applied using annular electrodes and the resulting displacement was measured by a capacitive method. In this paper, a number of calculations regarding the field distribution and the resulting piezoelectric displacement are presented for a typical lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic. Provided that the fibres are ideally poled in the longitudinal direction, they can be modelled using the finite element method taking into account linear constitutive equations. The deviation of the measured and the actual d33 was modelled for a broad range of heights and diameters of the fibres and different electrode dimensions. The electric field distribution was analysed for typical examples and the influence of the mechanical stress on the measured d33 was studied. For sufficiently long and thin fibres the field distribution of the electric field is quite uniform and the d33 can be measured with high accuracy. Moreover, it was shown that for such fibres the measured piezoelectric coefficient d33 is determined by no other material parameter of the ceramics. The found trends of preferable geometries for the measurement can apparently be transferred to other piezoceramics.

  2. Piezoelectric ceramic thick films deposited on silicon substrates by screen printing

    Yao, Kui; He, Xujiang; Xu, Yuan; Chen, Meima


    Screen-printing processes offer advantages in producing directly patterned and integrated piezoelectric elements, and fill an important technological gap between thin film and bulk ceramics. However, several existing problems in the screen-printed piezoelectric thick films, such as the poor reliability and the required high sintering temperature, are significantly limiting their applications. In this work, lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic films of 30 μm in thickness were deposited on Pt-coated silicon substrates by the screen-printing process, in which the ceramic pastes were prepared through a chemical liquid-phase doping approach. Porous thick films with good adhesion were formed on the substrates at a temperature of 925°C. Stable out-of-plane piezoelectric vibration of the thick films was observed with a laser scanning vibrometer (LSV), and the piezoelectric dilatation magnitude was determined accordingly. Our piezoelectric measurements through the areal displacement detection with LSV exhibited distinct advantages for piezoelectric film characterization, including high reliability, high efficiency, and comprehensive information. The longitudinal piezoelectric coefficients of the thick films were calculated from the measured dilatation data through a numerical simulation. High piezoelectric voltage constants were obtained due to the very low dielectric constant of the porous thick films. The application potentials of our screen-printed thick films as integrated piezoelectric sensors are discussed.

  3. Ceria and strontium titanate based electrodes


    A ceramic anode structure obtainable by a process comprising the steps of: (a) providing a slurry by dispersing a powder of an electronically conductive phase and by adding a binder to the dispersion, in which said powder is selected from the group consisting of niobium-doped strontium titanate, ......) with the precursor solution of step (c),(e) subjecting the resulting structure of step (d) to calcination, and (f) conducting steps (d)-(e) at least once....

  4. The Climate of Titan

    Mitchell, Jonathan L.; Lora, Juan M.


    Over the past decade, the Cassini-Huygens mission to the Saturn system has revolutionized our understanding of Titan and its climate. Veiled in a thick organic haze, Titan's visible appearance belies an active, seasonal weather cycle operating in the lower atmosphere. Here we review the climate of Titan, as gleaned from observations and models. Titan's cold surface temperatures (˜90 K) allow methane to form clouds and precipitation analogously to Earth's hydrologic cycle. Because of Titan's slow rotation and small size, its atmospheric circulation falls into a regime resembling Earth's tropics, with weak horizontal temperature gradients. A general overview of how Titan's atmosphere responds to seasonal forcing is provided by estimating a number of climate-related timescales. Titan lacks a global ocean, but methane is cold-trapped at the poles in large seas, and models indicate that weak baroclinic storms form at the boundary of Titan's wet and dry regions. Titan's saturated troposphere is a substantial reservoir of methane, supplied by deep convection from the summer poles. A significant seasonal cycle, first revealed by observations of clouds, causes Titan's convergence zone to migrate deep into the summer hemispheres, but its connection to polar convection remains undetermined. Models suggest that downwelling of air at the winter pole communicates upper-level radiative cooling, reducing the stability of the middle troposphere and priming the atmosphere for spring and summer storms when sunlight returns to Titan's lakes. Despite great gains in our understanding of Titan, many challenges remain. The greatest mystery is how Titan is able to retain an abundance of atmospheric methane with only limited surface liquids, while methane is being irreversibly destroyed by photochemistry. A related mystery is how Titan is able to hide all the ethane that is produced in this process. Future studies will need to consider the interactions between Titan's atmosphere, surface

  5. Hydrogen diffusion in Zircon

    Ingrin, Jannick; Zhang, Peipei


    Hydrogen mobility in gem quality zircon single crystals from Madagascar was investigated through H-D exchange experiments. Thin slices were annealed in a horizontal furnace flushed with a gas mixture of Ar/D2(10%) under ambient pressure between 900 ° C to 1150 ° C. FTIR analyses were performed on oriented slices before and after each annealing run. H diffusion along [100] and [010] follow the same diffusion law D = D0exp[-E /RT], with log D0 = 2.24 ± 1.57 (in m2/s) and E = 374 ± 39 kJ/mol. H diffusion along [001] follows a slightly more rapid diffusion law, with log D0 = 1.11 ± 0.22 (in m2/s) and E = 334 ± 49 kJ/mol. H diffusion in zircon has much higher activation energy and slower diffusivity than other NAMs below 1150 ° C even iron-poor garnets which are known to be among the slowest (Blanchard and Ingrin, 2004; Kurka et al. 2005). During H-D exchange zircon incorporates also deuterium. This hydration reaction involves uranium reduction as it is shown from the exchange of U5+ and U4+ characteristic bands in the near infrared region during annealing. It is the first time that a hydration reaction U5+ + OH- = U4+ + O2- + 1/2H2, is experimentally reported. The kinetics of deuterium incorporation is slightly slower than hydrogen diffusion, suggesting that the reaction is limited by hydrogen mobility. Hydrogen isotopic memory of zircon is higher than other NAMs. Zircons will be moderately retentive of H signatures at mid-crustal metamorphic temperatures. At 500 ° C, a zircon with a radius of 300 μm would retain its H isotopic signature over more than a million years. However, a zircon is unable to retain this information for geologically significant times under high-grade metamorphism unless the grain size is large enough. Refrences Blanchard, M. and Ingrin, J. (2004) Hydrogen diffusion in Dora Maira pyrope. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 31, 593-605. Kurka, A., Blanchard, M. and Ingrin, J. (2005) Kinetics of hydrogen extraction and deuteration in

  6. Crystallographic changes in lead zirconate titanate due to neutron irradiation

    Alexandra Henriques


    Full Text Available Piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials are useful as the active element in non-destructive monitoring devices for high-radiation areas. Here, crystallographic structural refinement (i.e., the Rietveld method is used to quantify the type and extent of structural changes in PbZr0.5Ti0.5O3 after exposure to a 1 MeV equivalent neutron fluence of 1.7 × 1015 neutrons/cm2. The results show a measurable decrease in the occupancy of Pb and O due to irradiation, with O vacancies in the tetragonal phase being created preferentially on one of the two O sites. The results demonstrate a method by which the effects of radiation on crystallographic structure may be investigated.

  7. Analysis on Equilibrium Shape of Nano-precipitations at Grain Boundaries in Bismuth Doped Strontium Titanate Ceramics%铋掺杂钛酸锶陶瓷晶界纳米颗粒的平衡形状分析

    邢娟娟; 顾辉


    利用透射电子显微镜对铋掺杂钛酸锶陶瓷晶界结构进行表征,在某些晶界处观测到不连续分布的纳米颗粒,尺寸为十几至一百多纳米,形状各有迥异.能谱分析结果表明这些纳米颗粒为金属铋.采用Cahn-Hoffmanξ矢量构建模型可以把晶界纳米颗粒形状定性地描述为相邻晶粒内两个独立平衡形状(Wulff形状)在晶界处的交集,两个平衡形状中心间的距离与晶界能相当.晶界纳米颗粒的平衡形状与两个独立平衡Wulff形状本身特征、相邻两侧晶粒的晶体学取向、晶界能和晶界的倾转以及颗粒本身尺寸等因素相关.%Grain boundary structures in Bi-doped strontium titanate ceramics were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM). Discontinuous nano-precipitations (NPs), whose sizes ranged from ten to over one hundred nanometers, were observed aligning along some grain boundaries. The composition of NP was detected as pure bismuth by spatial difference energy dispersive X-ray spectra (EDXS) method. Different shapes with facets were possessed by the NPs, indicating the anisotropy of NPs. The Cahn-Hoffman ζ-vector construction based on anisotropic surfaces was successfully applied to qualitatively describe the equilibrium shape of NP, which can be regarded as the intersection of two Wulff shapes at the grain boundaries. The distance between the two Wulff shapes centers is equal to the grain boundary energy. The Wulff shape itself, orientation of neighboring grains, grain boundary energy and grain boundary twist are considered as the important factors to affect the equilibrium shape of NP. Besides these, the size of NP will also influence the faceting of NP. This work is helpful to deepen the understanding of the microstructure evolvement during the sintering.

  8. Predicting the effective response of bulk polycrystalline ferroelectric ceramics via improved spectral phase field methods

    Vidyasagar, A.; Tan, W. L.; Kochmann, D. M.


    Understanding the electromechanical response of bulk polycrystalline ferroelectric ceramics requires scale-bridging approaches. Recent advances in fast numerical methods to compute the homogenized mechanical response of materials with heterogeneous microstructure have enabled the solution of hitherto intractable systems. In particular, the use of a Fourier-based spectral method as opposed to the traditional finite element method has gained significant interest in the homogenization of periodic microstructures. Here, we solve the periodic, electro-mechanically-coupled boundary value problem at the mesoscale of polycrystalline ferroelectrics in order to extract the effective response of barium titanate (BaTiO3) and lead zirconate titanate (PZT) under applied electric fields. Results include the effective electric hysteresis and the associated butterfly curve of strain vs. electric field for mean stress-free electric loading. Computational predictions of the 3D polycrystalline response show convincing agreement with our experimental electric cycling and strain hysteresis data for PZT-5A. In addition to microstructure-dependent effective physics, we also show how finite-difference-based approximations in the spectral solution scheme significantly reduce instability and ringing phenomena associated with spectral techniques and lead to spatial convergence with h-refinement, which have been major challenges when modeling high-contrast systems such as polycrystals.

  9. Lithium ceramics: sol-gel preparation and tritium release; Ceramiques lithiees: elaboration sol-gel et relachement du tritium

    Renoult, O.


    Ceramics based on lithium aluminate (LiA1O{sub 2}), lithium zirconate (Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}) and lithium titanate (Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}) are candidates as tritium breeder blanket materials for forthcoming nuclear fusion reactors. Lithium silico-aluminate Li{sub 4+x}A1{sub 4-3x}Si{sub 2x}O{sub 8} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0,25) powders were synthetized from alkoxyde-hydroxyde sol-gel route. By direct sintering at 850-1100 deg C (without prior calcination), ceramics with controlled stoichiometry and homogenous microstructure were obtained. We have also prepared, using a comparable method, Li{sub 2}Zr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, x = 0,1 et x = 1) materials. All these ceramics, with different microstructures and compositions, have been tested in out-of-reactor experiments. Concerning lithium aluminate microporous ceramics, the silicon substitution leads to a significant improvement of the tritrium release. Classical models taking into account independent surface mechanisms are not able to describe correctly the observed tritium release kinetics. We show, using a simple model, that the release kinetics is in fact limited by an intergranular diffusion followed by a desorption. The delay in tritium release, which occurs when the ceramic compacity increases, is explained in terms of an enhancement of the ionic T{sup +} diffusion path length. The energy required for desorption includes a leading term independent of hydrogen contained in the sweep gas. This term is attributed to the limiting recombination step of T{sup +} in molecular species HTO. For similar microstructures, the facility of tritium release for the different studied materials is explained by three properties: the crystal structure of the ceramic, the acidity of oxides and finally the presence of electronic non-stoichiometric defects. (author). 89 refs., 50 figs., 2 tabs., 1 annexe.

  10. A new generation of more pH stable reversed phases prepared by silanization of zirconized silica.

    Silva, César R; Airoldi, Claudio; Collins, Kenneth E; Collins, Carol H


    To further extend our studies in the search for reversed phases with enhanced durability at high pH, zirconized silica has now been explored as an alternative support. The synthesis of the new stationary phases involves silanization of a zirconium-modified silica support with a C(18) trifunctional silane, followed by endcapping. The chromatographic properties of the C(18) phases based on zirconized silica are similar to their titanized silica counterparts. Accelerated high pH stability tests, using phosphate mobile phases and elevated temperature, have shown that the zirconized silica phases have promising advantages not only over similarly prepared non-metalized phases but also over titanized silica C(18) phases.

  11. Advanced processing of lead titanate-polyimide composites for high temperature piezoelectric sensing

    Khanbareh, H.; Hegde, M.; Zwaag, S. van der; Groen, W.A.


    High performance polymer-ceramic composites are presented as promising candidates for high temperature piezoelectric sensing applications. lead-titanate (PT) ceramic particulate is incorporated into a polyetherimide polymer matrix, (PEI) at a specific volume fraction of 20% in the forms of 0-3 and q

  12. Titan Saturn System Mission

    Reh, Kim R.


    Titan is a high priority for exploration, as recommended by NASA's 2006 Solar System Exploration (SSE) Roadmap. NASA's 2003 National Research Council (NRC) Decadal Survey and ESA's Cosmic Vision Program Themes. Recent revolutionary Cassini-Huygens discoveries have dramatically escalated interest in Titan as the next scientific target in the outer solar system. This study demonstrates that an exciting Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) that explores two worlds of intense astrobiological interest can be initiated now as a single NASA/ESA collaboration.

  13. Structural Characterization of Natural and Processed Zircons with X-Rays and Nuclear Techniques

    Laura C. Damonte


    Full Text Available In ceramic industry, zircon sand is widely used in different applications because zirconia plays a role as common opacifying constituent. In particular, it is used as a basic component of glazes applied to ceramic tiles and sanitary ware as well as an opacifier in unglazed bulk porcelain stoneware. Natural zircon sands are the major source of zirconium minerals for industrial applications. In this paper, long, medium, and short range studies were conducted on zirconium minerals originated from Australia, South Africa, and United States of America using conventional and less conventional techniques (i.e., X-Ray Diffraction (XRD, Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS, and Perturbed Angular Correlations (PAC in order to reveal the type and the extension of the regions that constitute the metamict state of zircon sands and the modifications therein produced as a consequence of the industrial milling process and the thermal treatment in the production line. Additionally, HPGe gamma-ray spectroscopy confirms the occurrence of significant levels of natural radioactivity responsible for metamictization in the investigated zircon samples. Results from XRD, PALS, and PAC analysis confirm that the metamict state of zircon is a dispersion of submicron disordered domains in a crystalline matrix of zircon.

  14. Synthesis of barium-zinc-titanate ceramics

    Obradović N.


    Full Text Available Mixtures of BaCO3, ZnO and TiO2 powders, with molar ratio of 1:2:4, were mechanically activated for 20, 40 and minutes in a planetary ball mill. The resulting powders were compacted into pellets and isothermally sintered at 1250°C for 2h with a heating rate of 10°C/min. X-ray diffraction analysis of obtained powders and sintered samples was performed in order to investigate changes of the phase composition. The microstructure of sintered samples was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The photoacoustic phase and amplitude spectra of sintered samples were measured as a function of the laser beam modulating frequency using a transmission detection configuration. Fitting of experimental data enabled determination of photoacoustic properties including thermal diffusivity. Based on the results obtained correlation between thermal diffusivity and experimental conditions, as well the samples microstructure characteristics, was discussed.

  15. Demonstrating the potential of yttrium-doped barium zirconate electrolyte for high-performance fuel cells

    Bae, Kiho; Jang, Dong Young; Choi, Hyung Jong; Kim, Donghwan; Hong, Jongsup; Kim, Byung-Kook; Lee, Jong-Ho; Son, Ji-Won; Shim, Joon Hyung


    In reducing the high operating temperatures (>=800 °C) of solid-oxide fuel cells, use of protonic ceramics as an alternative electrolyte material is attractive due to their high conductivity and low activation energy in a low-temperature regime (fuel cells. However, poor sinterability of yttrium-doped barium zirconate discourages its fabrication as a thin-film electrolyte and integration on porous anode supports, both of which are essential to achieve high performance. Here we fabricate a protonic-ceramic fuel cell using a thin-film-deposited yttrium-doped barium zirconate electrolyte with no impeding grain boundaries owing to the columnar structure tightly integrated with nanogranular cathode and nanoporous anode supports, which to the best of our knowledge exhibits a record high-power output of up to an order of magnitude higher than those of other reported barium zirconate-based fuel cells.

  16. Ultra high strain properties of lanthanum substituted PZT electro-ceramics prepared via mechanical activation

    Kumar, Ajeet, E-mail: [Ceramics and Composites Group, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500058 (India); School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046 (India); Bhanu Prasad, V.V., E-mail: [Ceramics and Composites Group, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500058 (India); James Raju, K.C., E-mail: [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046 (India); James, A.R., E-mail: [Ceramics and Composites Group, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500058 (India)


    Highlights: • PLZT comparable with PMN–PT and their hot-pressed counterparts synthesized. • HEM applied for ceramic preparation at reduced sintering temperature. • Strain value (0.27%) comparable to previous reported values for PLZT 8/60/40. • The electric field induced (strain) hysteresis loss was also found to be very less. - Abstract: Substitution of lanthanum at the A sites of perovskite lead zirconate titanate ceramics shows an improvement in the structural and electrical properties. (Pb{sub 0.92}La{sub 0.08})(Zr{sub 0.60}Ti{sub 0.40})O{sub 3} (PLZT 8/60/40) was prepared using high energy mechano-chemical milling. The effect of milling on the microstructure and electrical properties of PLZT 8/60/40 has been studied. X-ray diffraction shows the phase formation after milling itself. TEM was used to measure the particle size. The SEM image of the sintered pellet shows a dense microstructure and the average grain size was found to be <1.5 μm. Electrical properties of the ceramics were characterized. Piezoelectric charge coefficient (d{sub 33}) was found to be 561 pC/N. Resonance studies were performed on poled ceramics and the electromechanical coupling factor was calculated by the resonance method. The PLZT 8/60/40 composition showed a well saturated and uniform P–E hysteresis loop with remanent polarization (P{sub r}) of 33.29 μC/cm{sup 2} and a coercive field (E{sub c}) of 10.57 kV/cm. Electric field induced strain (S–E loop) shows a value of ∼0.27% with minimum loss.

  17. Electrospinning of Ceramic Solid Electrolyte Nanowires for Lithium-Ion Batteries with Enhanced Ionic Conductivity

    Yang, Ting

    Solid electrolytes have great potential to address the safety issues of Li-ion batteries, but better synthesis methods are still required for ceramics electrolytes such as lithium lanthanum titanate (LLTO) and lithium lanthanum zirconate (LLZO). Pellets made from ceramic nanopowders using conventional sintering can be porous due to the agglomeration of nanoparticles (NPs). Electrospinning is a simple and versatile technique for preparing oxide ceramic nanowires (NWs) and was used to prepare electrospun LLTO and LLZO NWs. Pellets prepared from the electrospun LLTO NWs had higher density, less void space, and higher Li+ conductivity compared to those comprised of LLTO prepared with conventional sol-gel methods, which demonstrated the potential that electrospinning can provide towards improving the properties of sol-gel derived ceramics. Cubic phase LLZO was stabilized at room temperature in the form of electrospun NWs without extrinsic dopants. Bulk LLZO with tetragonal structure was transformed to the cubic phase using particle size reduction via ball milling. Heating conditions that promoted particle coalescence and grain growth induced a transformation from the cubic to tetragonal phase in both types of nanostructured LLZO. Composite polymer solid electrolyte was fabricated using LLZO NWs as the filler and showed an improved ionic conductivity at room temperature. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies show that LLZO NWs partially modify the polymer matrix and create preferential pathways for Li+ conduction through the modified polymer regions. Doping did not have significant effect on improving the overall conductivity as the interfaces played a predominant role. By comparing fillers with different morphologies and intrinsic conductivities, it was found that both NW morphology and high intrinsic conductivity are desired.

  18. Demonstrating the potential of yttrium-doped barium zirconate electrolyte for high-performance fuel cells.

    Bae, Kiho; Jang, Dong Young; Choi, Hyung Jong; Kim, Donghwan; Hong, Jongsup; Kim, Byung-Kook; Lee, Jong-Ho; Son, Ji-Won; Shim, Joon Hyung


    In reducing the high operating temperatures (≥800 °C) of solid-oxide fuel cells, use of protonic ceramics as an alternative electrolyte material is attractive due to their high conductivity and low activation energy in a low-temperature regime (≤600 °C). Among many protonic ceramics, yttrium-doped barium zirconate has attracted attention due to its excellent chemical stability, which is the main issue in protonic-ceramic fuel cells. However, poor sinterability of yttrium-doped barium zirconate discourages its fabrication as a thin-film electrolyte and integration on porous anode supports, both of which are essential to achieve high performance. Here we fabricate a protonic-ceramic fuel cell using a thin-film-deposited yttrium-doped barium zirconate electrolyte with no impeding grain boundaries owing to the columnar structure tightly integrated with nanogranular cathode and nanoporous anode supports, which to the best of our knowledge exhibits a record high-power output of up to an order of magnitude higher than those of other reported barium zirconate-based fuel cells.

  19. Zircon Recycling in Arc Intrusions

    Miller, J.; Barth, A.; Matzel, J.; Wooden, J.; Burgess, S.


    Recycling of zircon has been well established in arc intrusions and arc volcanoes, but a better understanding of where and how zircons are recycled can help illuminate how arc magma systems are constructed. To that end, we are conducting age, trace element (including Ti-in-zircon temperatures; TzrnTi) and isotopic studies of zircons from the Late Cretaceous (95-85 Ma) Tuolumne Intrusive Suite (TIS) in the Sierra Nevada Batholith (CA). Within the TIS zircons inherited from ancient basement sources and/or distinctly older host rocks are uncommon, but recycled zircon antecrysts from earlier periods of TIS-related magmatism are common and conspicuous in the inner and two most voluminous units of the TIS, the Half Dome and Cathedral Peak Granodiorites. All TIS units have low bulk Zr ([Zr]825°C), [Zr] in the TIS is a factor of 2 to 3 lower than saturation values. Low [Zr] in TIS rocks might be attributed to a very limited supply of zircon in the source, by disequilibrium melting and rapid melt extraction [1], by melting reactions involving formation of other phases that can incorporate appreciable Zr [2], or by removal of zircon at an earlier stage of magma evolution. Based on a preliminary compilation of literature data, low [Zr] is common to Late Cretaceous N.A. Cordilleran granodioritic/tonalitic intrusions (typically Tzrnsat [3]. A corollary is that slightly older zircon antecrysts that are common in the inner units of the TIS could be considered inherited if they are derived from remelting of slightly older intrusions. Remelting at such low temperatures in the arc would require a source of external water. Refs: [1] Sawyer, J.Pet 32:701-738; [2] Fraser et al, Geology 25:607-610; [3] Harrison et al, Geology 35:635- 638

  20. Processing science of barium titanate

    Aygun, Seymen Murat

    barium titanate phase formation. The exhaust gases emitted during the firing of barium titanate films were monitored using a residual gas analyzer (RGA) to investigate the effects of ramp rate and oxygen partial pressure. The dielectric properties including capacitor yield were correlated to the RGA data and microstructure. This information was used to tailor a thermal profile to obtain the optimum dielectric response. A ramp rate of 20°C/min and a pO2 of 10-13 atm resulted in a permittivity of 1500, a loss tangent of 0.035 and a 90% capacitor yield in 0.5 mm dot capacitors. Yield values above 90% represent a significant advantage over preexisting reports and can be attributed to an improved ability to control final porosity. Finally, the dramatic enhancement in film density was demonstrated by understanding the processing science relationships between organic removal, crystallization, and densification in chemical solution deposition. The in situ gas analysis was used to develop an each-layer-fired approach that provides for effective organic removal, thus pore elimination, larger grain sizes, and superior densification. The combination of large grain size and high density enabled reproducing bulk-like dielectric properties in a thin film. A room temperature permittivity of 3000, a 5 muF/cm2 capacitance density, and a dielectric tunability of 15:1 were achieved. By combining the data sets generated in this thesis with those of comparable literature reports, we were able to broadly rationalize scaling effects in polycrystalline thin films. We show that the same models successfully applied to bulk ceramic systems are appropriate for thin films, and that models involving parasitic interfacial layers are not needed. Developing better models for scaling effects were made possible solely by advancing our ability to synthesize materials thus eliminating artifacts and extrinsic effects.

  1. The astrobiology of Titan

    Raulin, F.; Coll, P.; Cabane, M.; Hebrard, E.; Israel, G.; Nguyen, M.-J.; Szopa, C.; Gpcos Team

    Largest satellite of Saturn and the only satellite in the solar system having a dense atmosphere, Titan is one of the key planetary bodies for astrobiological studies, due to several aspects: Its analogies with planet Earth, in spite of much lower temperatures, The Cassini-Huygens data have largely confirmed the many analogies between Titan and our own planet. Both have similar vertical temperature profiles, (although much colder, of course, on Titan). Both have condensable and non condensable greenhouse gases in their atmosphere. Both are geologically very active. Furthermore, the data also suggest strongly the presence of a methane cycle on Titan analogous to the water cycle on Earth. The presence of an active organic chemistry, involving several of the key compounds of prebiotic chemistry. The recent data obtained from the Huygens instruments show that the organic matter in Titan low atmosphere (stratosphere and troposphere) is mainly concentrated in the aerosol particles. Because of the vertical temperature profile in this part of the atmosphere, most of the volatile organics are probably mainly condensed on the aerosol particles. The nucleus of these particles seems to be made of complex macromolecular organic matter, well mimicked in the laboratory by the "Titan's tholins". Now, laboratory tholins are known to release many organic compounds of biological interest, such as amino acids and purine and pyrimidine bases, when they are in contact with liquid water. Such hydrolysis may have occurred on the surface of Titan, in the bodies of liquid water which episodically may form on Titan's surface from meteoritic and cometary impacts. The formation of biologically interesting compounds may also occur in the deep water ocean, from the hydrolysis of complex organic material included in the chrondritic matter accreted during the formation of Titan. The possible emergence and persistence of Life on Titan 1 All ingredients which seems necessary for Life are present on

  2. Titan's organic chemistry

    Sagan, C.; Thompson, W. R.; Khare, B. N.


    Voyager discovered nine simple organic molecules in the atmosphere of Titan. Complex organic solids, called tholins, produced by irradiation of the simulated Titanian atmosphere, are consistent with measured properties of Titan from ultraviolet to microwave frequencies and are the likely main constituents of the observed red aerosols. The tholins contain many of the organic building blocks central to life on earth. At least 100-m, and possibly kms thicknesses of complex organics have been produced on Titan during the age of the solar system, and may exist today as submarine deposits beneath an extensive ocean of simple hydrocarbons.

  3. A multi-feature integration method for fatigue crack detection and crack length estimation in riveted lap joints using Lamb waves

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This paper presents an experimental study of damage detection and quantification in riveted lap joints. Embedded lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric (PZT) ceramic...

  4. Ceramics: Durability and radiation effects

    Ewing, R.C.; Lutze, W. [Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States); Weber, W.J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)


    At present, there are three seriously considered options for the disposition of excess weapons plutonium: (1) incorporation, partial burn-up and direct disposal of MOX-fuel; (2) vitrification with defense waste and disposal as glass {open_quotes}logs{close_quotes}; (3) deep borehole disposal. The first two options provide a safeguard due to the high activity of fission products in the irradiated fuel and the defense waste. The latter option has only been examined in a preliminary manner, and the exact form of the plutonium has not been identified. In this paper, we review the potential for the immobilization of plutonium in highly durable crystalline ceramics apatite, pyrochlore, zirconolite, monazite and zircon. Based on available data, we propose zircon as the preferred crystalline ceramic for the permanent disposition of excess weapons plutonium.

  5. Investigation of sintering kinetics of magnesium titanate

    Petrović V.V.


    Full Text Available Obtaining new materials including sintered electronic materials using different procedures is the consequence of long complex and expensive experimental work. However, the dynamics of expansive development of electronic devices requires fast development of new materials, especially sintered oxide materials. The recent rapid development of electronics is among other things due to development and improvement of new components based on titanate ceramics. Research in this work has included an experimental study of the synthesis of dielectric ceramics in the system MgCO3 - TiO2. Starting powders were mechanically activated by milling in a high energy planetary mill for different times. Samples were prepared for isothermal sintering at 1100ºC by dual pressing of powders into cylindrical samples in a hydraulic press.

  6. Clash of the Titans

    Subramaniam, Karthigeyan


    WebQuests and the 5E learning cycle are titans of the science classroom. These popular inquiry-based strategies are most often used as separate entities, but the author has discovered that using a combined WebQuest and 5E learning cycle format taps into the inherent power and potential of both strategies. In the lesson, "Clash of the Titans,"…

  7. The review of various synthesis methods of barium titanate with the enhanced dielectric properties

    More, S. P., E-mail: [MIT college of Engineering, Aurangabad (MS) India (India); Topare, R. J., E-mail: [Yogeshwari Mahavidyalaya, Ambajogai (MS) India (India)


    The Barium Titanate is a very well known dielectric ceramic belongs to perovskite structure. It has very wide applications in the field of electronic, electro ceramic, electromechanical and electro-optical applications. Barium Titanate has very high dielectric constant as well as low dielectric loss. Substituted dielectrics are one of the most important technological compounds in modern electro ceramics. Its electrical properties can be tuned flexibly by a simple substitution technique. This has encouraged researchers to select a typical cation to be substituted at cationic sites. In the present paper, the review of various synthesis methods of Barium Titanate compound with the effect of different dopants, the grain size on the dielectric properties at various temperatures is discussed.

  8. Is Titan Partially Differentiated?

    Mitri, G.; Pappalardo, R. T.; Stevenson, D. J.


    The recent measurement of the gravity coefficients from the Radio Doppler data of the Cassini spacecraft has improved our knowledge of the interior structure of Titan (Rappaport et al. 2008 AGU, P21A-1343). The measured gravity field of Titan is dominated by near hydrostatic quadrupole components. We have used the measured gravitational coefficients, thermal models and the hydrostatic equilibrium theory to derive Titan's interior structure. The axial moment of inertia gives us an indication of the degree of the interior differentiation. The inferred axial moment of inertia, calculated using the quadrupole gravitational coefficients and the Radau-Darwin approximation, indicates that Titan is partially differentiated. If Titan is partially differentiated then the interior must avoid melting of the ice during its evolution. This suggests a relatively late formation of Titan to avoid the presence of short-lived radioisotopes (Al-26). This also suggests the onset of convection after accretion to efficiently remove the heat from the interior. The outer layer is likely composed mainly of water in solid phase. Thermal modeling indicates that water could be present also in liquid phase forming a subsurface ocean between an outer ice I shell and a high pressure ice layer. Acknowledgments: This work was conducted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  9. Titan's surface and atmosphere

    Hayes, Alexander G.; Soderblom, Jason M.; Ádámkovics, Máté


    Since its arrival in late 2004, the NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn has revealed Titan to be a world that is both strange and familiar. Titan is the only extraterrestrial body known to support standing bodies of stable liquid on its surface and, along with Earth and early Mars, is one of three places in the Solar System known to have had an active hydrologic cycle. With atmospheric pressures of 1.5 bar and temperatures of 90-95 K at the surface, methane and ethane condense out of Titan's nitrogen-dominated atmosphere and flow as liquids on the surface. Despite vast differences in environmental conditions and materials from Earth, Titan's methane-based hydrologic cycle drives climatic and geologic processes which generate landforms that are strikingly similar to their terrestrial counterparts, including vast equatorial dunes, well-organized channel networks that route material through erosional and depositional landscapes, and lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbons. These similarities make Titan a natural laboratory for studying the processes that shape terrestrial landscapes and drive climates, probing extreme conditions impossible to recreate in earthbound laboratories. Titan's exotic environment ensures that even rudimentary measurements of atmospheric/surface interactions, such as wind-wave generation or aeolian dune development, provide valuable data to anchor physical models.

  10. Enhanced airglow at Titan

    Royer, Emilie; Esposito, Larry; Wahlund, Jan-Erik


    The Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) instrument made thousand of observations of Titan since its arrival in the Saturnian system in 2004, but only few of them have been analyzed yet. Using the imaging capability of UVIS combined to a big data analytics approach, we have been able to uncover an unexpected pattern in this observations: on several occasions the Titan airglow exhibits an enhanced brightness by approximately a factor of 2, generally combined with a lower altitude of the airglow emission peak. These events typically last from 10 to 30 minutes and are followed and preceded by an airglow of regular and expected level of brightness and altitude. Observations made by the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) instrument onboard Cassini allowed us to correlate the enhanced airglow observed on T-32 with an electron burst. The timing of the burst and the level of energetic electrons (1 keV) observed by CAPS correspond to a brighter and lower than typical airglow displayed on the UVIS data. Furthermore, during T-32 Titan was inside the Saturn's magnetosheath and thus more subject to bombardment by energetic particles. However, our analysis demonstrates that the presence of Titan inside the magnetosheath is not a necessary condition for the production of an enhanced airglow, as we detected other similar events while Titan was within Saturn's magnetosphere. The study presented here aims to a better understanding of the interactions of Titan's upper atmosphere with its direct environment.

  11. The TITAN reversed-field-pinch fusion reactor study


    This report discusses the following topics: overview of titan-2 design; titan-2 fusion-power-core engineering; titan-2 divertor engineering; titan-2 tritium systems; titan-2 safety design and radioactive-waste disposal; and titan-2 maintenance procedures.

  12. Witnessing Springtime on Titan

    Kohler, Susanna


    Have you ever wondered what springtime is like on Saturns largest moon, Titan? A team of researchers has analyzed a decade of data from the Cassini spacecraft to determine how Titans gradual progression through seasons has affected its temperatures.Observing the Saturn SystemThough Titan orbits Saturn once every ~16 days, it is Saturns ~30-year march around the Sun that sets Titans seasons: each traditional season on Titan spans roughly 7.5 years. Thus, when the Cassini spacecraft first arrived at Saturn in 2004 to study the giant planet and its ring system and moons, Titans northern hemisphere was in early winter. A decade later, the season in the northern hemisphere had advanced to late spring.A team scientists led by Donald Jennings (Goddard Space Flight Center) has now used data from the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) on board Cassini to analyze the evolution of Titans surface temperature between 2004 and 2014.Changing of SeasonsSurface brightness temperatures (with errors) on Titan are shown in blue for five time periods between 2004 and 2014. The location of maximum temperature migrates from 19S to 16N over the decade. Two climate models are also shown in green (high thermal inertia) and red (low thermal inertia). [Jennings et al. 2016]CIRS uses the decreased opacity of Titans atmosphere at 19 m to detect infrared emission from Titans surface at this wavelength. From this data, Jennings and collaborators determine Titans surface temperature for five time intervals between 2004 and 2014. They bin the data into 10 latitude bins that span from the south pole (90S) to the north pole (90N).The authors find that the maximum temperature on the moon stays stable over the ten-year period at 94 K, or a chilly -240F). But as time passes, the latitude with the warmest temperature shifts from 19S to 16N, marking the transition from early winter to late spring. Over the decade of monitoring, the surface temperature near the south pole decreased by ~2 K, and that

  13. Titan: Callisto With Weather?

    Moore, J. M.; Pappalardo, R. T.


    Instead of being endogenically active, Titan's interior may be cold and dead. Those landforms on Titan that are unambiguously identifiable can all be explained by exogenic processes (aeolian, fluvial, impact cratering, and mass wasting). At the scale of available imaging data, the surface is dominated by vast dune ergs and by fluvial erosion, transportation, and deposition. The sparse distribution of recognizable impact craters (themselves exogenic) is consistent with the presence of aeolian and fluvial activity sufficient to cover and or erode smaller craters, leaving only large ones. Previous suggestions of endogenically produced landforms have been, without exception, inconclusively identified. Features suggested to be cryovolcanic flows may be debris flows and other mass movements, facilitated by hydrocarbon-fluidized unconsolidated materials. Ganesa Macula has been suggested as a putative cryovolcanic dome, but it may simply be an impact structure that contains radar-dark dune or mass-wasted materials. Mountains, which are heavily modified by fluvial and mass wasting processes, could have formed as the scarps of large impact features and/or by slow contraction due to global cooling and freezing of an internal ammonia-water ocean, rather than by endogenically powered orogeny. A cold and inactive interior is consistent with an internal ammonia-water ocean, which has a peritectic temperature of 173K, easily obtained in Titan by radioactive decay alone in the absence of tidal heating. Titan's orbital eccentricity should have damped if its interior is warm and dissipative; instead, its high eccentricity can be ancient if the interior is assumed to be cold and non-dissipative. Indeed, it has been suggested that Titan may be non-hydrostatic, consistent with a thick ice shell and a cold and rigid interior. We suggest that the satellite most akin to Titan may be Callisto. Like Callisto, which may have formed relatively slowly in the outer circumjovian accretion disk

  14. Hydrostatic, uniaxial, and triaxial compression tests on unpoled "Chem-prep" PZT 95/5-2Nb ceramic within temperature range of -55 to 75 degrees C.

    Zeuch, David Henry; Montgomery, Stephen Tedford; Lee, Moo Yul; Hofer, John H.


    Sandia is currently developing a lead-zirconate-titanate ceramic 95/5-2Nb (or PNZT) from chemically prepared ('chem-prep') precursor powders. Previous PNZT ceramic was fabricated from the powders prepared using a 'mixed-oxide' process. The specimens of unpoled PNZT ceramic from batch HF803 were tested under hydrostatic, uniaxial, and constant stress difference loading conditions within the temperature range of -55 to 75 C and pressures to 500 MPa. The objective of this experimental study was to obtain mechanical properties and phase relationships so that the grain-scale modeling effort can develop and test its models and codes using realistic parameters. The stress-strain behavior of 'chem-prep' PNZT under different loading paths was found to be similar to that of 'mixed-oxide' PNZT. The phase transformation from ferroelectric to antiferroelectric occurs in unpoled ceramic with abrupt increase in volumetric strain of about 0.7 % when the maximum compressive stress, regardless of loading paths, equals the hydrostatic pressure at which the transformation otherwise takes place. The stress-volumetric strain relationship of the ceramic undergoing a phase transformation was analyzed quantitatively using a linear regression analysis. The pressure (P{sub T1}{sup H}) required for the onset of phase transformation with respect to temperature is represented by the best-fit line, P{sub T1}{sup H} (MPa) = 227 + 0.76 T (C). We also confirmed that increasing shear stress lowers the mean stress and the volumetric strain required to trigger phase transformation. At the lower bound (-55 C) of the tested temperature range, the phase transformation is permanent and irreversible. However, at the upper bound (75 C), the phase transformation is completely reversible as the stress causing phase transformation is removed.

  15. Matrix cracking and creep behavior of monolithic zircon and zircon silicon carbide fiber composites

    Anandakumar, Umashankar

    room temperature and elevated temperatures, and the validity of the various models of first matrix cracking behavior. In order to understand the creep behavior of composites, it is important to study the creep behavior of matrix, fiber, and composites under identical conditions to determine the role of various constituents. Creep studies were conducted in an inert atmosphere in four point bending and uniaxial tension modes on zircon and zircon silicon carbide fiber composites at four different temperatures of 1250°C, 1300°C, 1350°C, and 1400°C, and over the stress range of 10--200 MPa. The strain rate was measured as a function of the stress and temperature to determine the stress exponent and activation energy, and microstructural analysis was done on crept samples using scanning electron microscopy. The composites exhibited a much lower creep rate than the monolilth, indicating that the major portion of the creep load was carried by the fibers. In flexural mode, both zircon and composite samples exhibited bimodal creep behavior, with the stress exponent (n) increasing with increasing stress. For zircon, at lower-stresses n was in the range of 2.1--2.6 and increased to 7--7.9 at higher stresses. Microstructural studies showed that diffusional creep was the rate controlling mechanism at lower stresses, while the higher stress exponent observed at higher stresses, was due to linkage of cavities and damage accumulation resulting in a higher strain rate. In the case of composites, the stress exponent was ≈1 at lower stresses, and increased to 3--5 at higher stresses, indicating that diffusional creep (and grain boundary sliding) was rate controlling at lower stresses, and either creep cavitation and crack growth or dislocation creep was the rate controlling mechanism at higher stresses. Anomalous creep curves with strain jumps were observed for the first time during the creep of ceramic composites at lower temperatures and higher stresses. Microstructural studies

  16. Titan Polar Landscape Evolution

    Moore, Jeffrey M.


    With the ongoing Cassini-era observations and studies of Titan it is clear that the intensity and distribution of surface processes (particularly fluvial erosion by methane and Aeolian transport) has changed through time. Currently however, alternate hypotheses substantially differ among specific scenarios with respect to the effects of atmospheric evolution, seasonal changes, and endogenic processes. We have studied the evolution of Titan's polar region through a combination of analysis of imaging, elevation data, and geomorphic mapping, spatially explicit simulations of landform evolution, and quantitative comparison of the simulated landscapes with corresponding Titan morphology. We have quantitatively evaluated alternate scenarios for the landform evolution of Titan's polar terrain. The investigations have been guided by recent geomorphic mapping and topographic characterization of the polar regions that are used to frame hypotheses of process interactions, which have been evaluated using simulation modeling. Topographic information about Titan's polar region is be based on SAR-Topography and altimetry archived on PDS, SAR-based stereo radar-grammetry, radar-sounding lake depth measurements, and superposition relationships between geomorphologic map units, which we will use to create a generalized topographic map.

  17. The tides of Titan.

    Iess, Luciano; Jacobson, Robert A; Ducci, Marco; Stevenson, David J; Lunine, Jonathan I; Armstrong, John W; Asmar, Sami W; Racioppa, Paolo; Rappaport, Nicole J; Tortora, Paolo


    We have detected in Cassini spacecraft data the signature of the periodic tidal stresses within Titan, driven by the eccentricity (e = 0.028) of its 16-day orbit around Saturn. Precise measurements of the acceleration of Cassini during six close flybys between 2006 and 2011 have revealed that Titan responds to the variable tidal field exerted by Saturn with periodic changes of its quadrupole gravity, at about 4% of the static value. Two independent determinations of the corresponding degree-2 Love number yield k(2) = 0.589 ± 0.150 and k(2) = 0.637 ± 0.224 (2σ). Such a large response to the tidal field requires that Titan's interior be deformable over time scales of the orbital period, in a way that is consistent with a global ocean at depth.

  18. Models of Titan's Ionosphere

    Robertson, I. P.; Cravens, T. E.; Waite, J. H.; Wahlund, J.; Yelle, R. V.; Vuitton, V.; Coates, A.; Magee, B.; Gell, D. A.


    During the TA and T18 encounters with Titan, in situ measurements were made of Titan's atmosphere and ionosphere by several instruments on board the Cassini Orbiter, including the Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS), the Langmuir probe on the Cassini Radio and Plasma Wave Experiment (RPWS), and the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer Subsystem (CAPS). Both of these encounters were on the day as well as the night side of Titan. The model uses neutral densities measured by the INMS instrument and the electron temperature was measured by the RPWS instrument. The model also includes energetic electron fluxes measured by the CAPS instrument, which act as an important source of ionization on the night side. The modeled ion densities are compared with densities measured by INMS in its Open Source mode.

  19. Portfolio: Ceramics.

    Hardy, Jane; And Others


    Describes eight art activities using ceramics. Elementary students created ceramic tiles to depict ancient Egyptian and medieval European art, made ceramic cookie stamps, traced bisque plates on sketch paper, constructed clay room-tableaus, and designed clay relief masks. Secondary students pit-fired ceramic pots and designed ceramic Victorian…

  20. Portfolio: Ceramics.

    Hardy, Jane; And Others


    Describes eight art activities using ceramics. Elementary students created ceramic tiles to depict ancient Egyptian and medieval European art, made ceramic cookie stamps, traced bisque plates on sketch paper, constructed clay room-tableaus, and designed clay relief masks. Secondary students pit-fired ceramic pots and designed ceramic Victorian…

  1. Impact craters on Titan

    Wood, Charles A.; Lorenz, Ralph; Kirk, Randy; Lopes, Rosaly; Mitchell, Karl; Stofan, Ellen; ,


    Five certain impact craters and 44 additional nearly certain and probable ones have been identified on the 22% of Titan's surface imaged by Cassini's high-resolution radar through December 2007. The certain craters have morphologies similar to impact craters on rocky planets, as well as two with radar bright, jagged rims. The less certain craters often appear to be eroded versions of the certain ones. Titan's craters are modified by a variety of processes including fluvial erosion, mass wasting, burial by dunes and submergence in seas, but there is no compelling evidence of isostatic adjustments as on other icy moons, nor draping by thick atmospheric deposits. The paucity of craters implies that Titan's surface is quite young, but the modeled age depends on which published crater production rate is assumed. Using the model of Artemieva and Lunine (2005) suggests that craters with diameters smaller than about 35 km are younger than 200 million years old, and larger craters are older. Craters are not distributed uniformly; Xanadu has a crater density 2-9 times greater than the rest of Titan, and the density on equatorial dune areas is much lower than average. There is a small excess of craters on the leading hemisphere, and craters are deficient in the north polar region compared to the rest of the world. The youthful age of Titan overall, and the various erosional states of its likely impact craters, demonstrate that dynamic processes have destroyed most of the early history of the moon, and that multiple processes continue to strongly modify its surface. The existence of 24 possible impact craters with diameters less than 20 km appears consistent with the Ivanov, Basilevsky and Neukum (1997) model of the effectiveness of Titan's atmosphere in destroying most but not all small projectiles.

  2. Experimental study on separation of valuable refractory aggregate from investment casting ceramic shell waste

    Ji-gao Li; Yuan-cai Li; Shi-ming Tan


    In the present study, a processing technique for recycling investment casting ceramic shel waste was proposed to separate valuable refractory aggregate zircon sand. The microstructure and phase constituents of the shel waste and separation process were investigated. The results show that the characteristics of microstructure and phase constituents of the shel waste can meet the conditions for preferentialy separating zircon sand, and zircon sand can be separated by gravity separation on a shaking table. The separated zircon sand has good shape and high purity, and can be used for the production of castings and other applications.

  3. Experimental study on separation of valuable refractory aggregate from investment casting ceramic shell waste

    Ji-gao Li


    Full Text Available In the present study, a processing technique for recycling investment casting ceramic shell waste was proposed to separate valuable refractory aggregate zircon sand. The microstructure and phase constituents of the shell waste and separation process were investigated. The results show that the characteristics of microstructure and phase constituents of the shell waste can meet the conditions for preferentially separating zircon sand, and zircon sand can be separated by gravity separation on a shaking table. The separated zircon sand has good shape and high purity, and can be used for the production of castings and other applications.

  4. Lightning not detected on Titan

    Tretkoff, Ernie


    Scientists have speculated that lightning on Saturn's moon Titan could produce changes in atmospheric chemistry and could even spark production of organic compounds that could be precursors to the evolution of life, but so far there has been no conclusive detection of lightning on Titan. Extending previous searches for lightning on Titan, Fischer and Gurnett analyzed radio data up to the 72nd close flyby of Titan by the Cassini spacecraft. They found no evidence of lightning and concluded that if lightning occurs at all on Titan, it is probably a very rare event. (Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2011GL047316, 2011)

  5. Synthesis and characterization of nickel oxide doped barium strontium titanate ceramics Síntese e caracterização de cerâmicas de titanato de estrôncio e bário dopado com óxido de níquel

    M. Banerjee


    Full Text Available Barium strontium titanate (BST ceramics (Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 were synthesized by solid state sintering using barium carbonate, strontium carbonate and rutile as the precursor materials. The samples were doped with nickel oxide in different proportions. Different phases present in the sintered samples were determined from X-ray diffraction investigation and the distribution of different phases in the microstructure was assessed from scanning electron microscopy study. It was observed that the dielectric properties of BST were modified significantly with nickel oxide doping. These ceramics held promise for applications in tuned circuits.Cerâmicas de titanato de bário e estrôncio (TBS (Ba0,6Sr0,4TiO3 foram sintetizadas por sinterização do estado sólido usando carbonato de bário, carbonato de estrôncio e rutilo como materiais precursores. As amostras foram dopadas com diferentes proporções de óxido de níquel. Diferentes fases presentes nas amostras sinterizadas foram determinadas por difração de raios X e a distribuição de diferentes fases na microestrutura foi avaliada por microscopia eletrônica de varredura. Foi observado que as propriedades dielétricas do TBS foram modificadas significativamente com a dopagem do óxido de níquel. Essas cerâmicas são promissoras para aplicação em dispositivos.

  6. Synthesis of Pu-Doped Ceramic

    Anderson, E. B


    Plutonium-doped zircon containing about 10 wt% Pu was synthesized in this cooperative project between Russia and the United States conducted at the V. G. Khlopin Radium Institute. The sol-gel method was used for starting precursor preparation to provide complete mixing of initial components and to avoid dust formation inside the glove-box. The sol-gel process also gives interim Pu stabilization in the form of amorphous zirconium hydrosilicate (AZHS), which is a result of gel solidification. AZHS is a solid and relatively durable material that can be easy converted into crystalline zircon by pressureless sintering, thus avoiding significant radioactive contamination of laboratory equipment. A methanol-aqueous solution of tetraethoxysilane Si(OC2H5)4, Pu-nitrate, and zirconil oxynitrate was prepared in final stoichiometry of zircon (Zr,Pu)SiO4 80 wt% + zirconia (Zr,Pu)O2 20 wt%. Gelation occurred after 90 hours at room temperature. AZHS with excess of zirconia 20 wt% was obtained as an interim calcine product and then it was converted into zircon/zirconia ceramic by sintering at 1490 to 1500°C in air for different time periods. The samples obtained were studied by SRD and ESEM methods. It was found that both zircon yield and zircon cell parameters that are correlated with Pu incorporation depend on sintering time.

  7. Texture and anisotropy of ferroelectric bismuth titanate

    Jones, Jacob Leo

    Ferroelectric bismuth titanate, Na0.5Bi4.5 Ti4O15, is a piezoelectric ceramic used as an electromechanical sensor in high temperature environments (T piezoelectric constant, d33, is relatively low in randomly oriented ceramics. Crystallographic texturing is often employed to increase the piezoelectric constant because the spontaneous polarization axes of the grains are better aligned. This research distinguishes between the crystallographic texture induced to the grains from tape casting and crystallographic texture induced to the ferroelectric domains from electrical poling. Novel quantitative approaches describe texture of both types independently using conventional and synchrotron X-ray sources as well as time-of-flight neutron diffraction with multiple detectors. Furthermore, methods are developed to describe the combined effect of a ferroelectric texture superimposed on a paraelectric texture. Texture of the paraelectric crystallographic axes was induced by novel processing approaches. An alternative to using plate-shaped template particles was developed utilizing calcined powder. Paraelectric texture develops from particle settling and strong surface energy anisotropy during sintering. The 00l textures induced from this process are on the order of two to four multiples of a random distribution. These textures create property anisotropies between the casting plane and normal directions of 6.4 and 5.7 in piezoelectric d33 constant and remanent polarization, respectively. Texture of the ferroelectric crystallographic axes was induced by electrical poling at different temperatures and in different orientations. Ceramics with an initial paraelectric texture can exhibit greater change in the domain volume fractions during electrical poling than randomly oriented ceramics. This is demonstrated by applying novel quantitative approaches to reflection X-ray spectra from many sample directions. Because orthorhombic Na0.5Bi 4.5Ti4O15 has two ferroelectric domains that

  8. Mechanical and microstructural behaviour of alumina-zirconia ceramic filaments for high temperature applications; Comportement mecanique et microstructure de filaments ceramiques alumine-zircone pour applications a haute temperature

    Poulon-Quintin, A


    This thesis is a contribution to the development and to the study of two-phase alumina-zirconia ceramic filaments resistant to creep and chemical and microstructural degradation. The materials studied are experimental two-phase filaments (diameter of few millimeters) with a fibrillary structure obtained by coextrusion of sol-gels or of powder pastes and a nanocrystalline fiber of thin diameter (11{mu}m) with a homogeneous structure. They have been respectively perfected and chosen for their very promising microstructures and compositions concerning the creep resistance. This study is concentrated on the mechanical characterization at high temperature of these materials and especially on the understanding of the deformation and rupture mechanisms in relation with the microstructural evolution. The commercial fiber (Nextel 650) is a {alpha} alumina (grain size {>=}0.1{mu}m) in which the grains of the second phase zirconia are dispersed in a homogeneous way in intra (5-10 nm) as in inter-granular (20-30 nm). After a heat treatment at temperatures superior to 1200 C, it can be noted a strong grains growth preferentially to the axis of the fiber. The tensile properties decrease to a considerable extent with high temperatures ({>=}1000 C). The creep behaviour has been determined between 1000 and 1300 C (value of 2.5 for the stress exponent and of 850 kJ/mol for the activation energy). The evolution of the microstructure to a long grains microstructure is favourable for the creep resistance. A comparison with other fibers of compositions near the Nextel 650 fiber show that the Nextel 650 fiber has interesting properties for being used at high temperatures (until 1200 C). The study of co-extruded alumina-zirconia filaments with a fibrillary structure has at first required those of filaments which composition are each of the phases obtained from pastes (powder-thermoplastics or sol-gels). The composition of each of the phases has been optimized in order to adapt the

  9. Order parameter and connectivity topology analysis of crystalline ceramics for nuclear waste immobilization.

    Archer, Adam; Foxhall, Henry R; Allan, Neil L; Gunn, David S D; Harding, John H; Todorov, Ilian T; Travis, Karl P; Purton, John A


    We apply bond order and topological methods to the problem of analysing the results of radiation damage cascade simulations in ceramics. Both modified Steinhardt local order and connectivity topology analysis techniques provide results that are both translationally and rotationally invariant and which do not rely on a particular choice of a reference structure. We illustrate the methods with new analyses of molecular dynamics simulations of single cascades in the pyrochlores Gd(2)Ti(2)O(7) and Gd(2)Zr(2)O(7) similar to those reported previously (Todorov et al 2006 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 18 2217). Results from the Steinhardt and topology analyses are consistent, while often providing complementary information, since the Steinhardt parameters are sensitive to changes in angular arrangement even when the overall topological connectivity is fixed. During the highly non-equilibrium conditions at the start of the cascade, both techniques reveal significant localized transient structural changes and variation in the cation connectivity. After a few picoseconds, the connectivity is largely fixed, while the order parameters continue to change. In the zirconate there is a shift to the anion disordered system while in the titanate there is substantial reversion and healing back to the parent pyrochlore structure.

  10. Order parameter and connectivity topology analysis of crystalline ceramics for nuclear waste immobilization

    Archer, Adam; Foxhall, Henry R.; Allan, Neil L.; Gunn, David S. D.; Harding, John H.; Todorov, Ilian T.; Travis, Karl P.; Purton, John A.


    We apply bond order and topological methods to the problem of analysing the results of radiation damage cascade simulations in ceramics. Both modified Steinhardt local order and connectivity topology analysis techniques provide results that are both translationally and rotationally invariant and which do not rely on a particular choice of a reference structure. We illustrate the methods with new analyses of molecular dynamics simulations of single cascades in the pyrochlores Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Zr2O7 similar to those reported previously (Todorov et al 2006 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 18 2217). Results from the Steinhardt and topology analyses are consistent, while often providing complementary information, since the Steinhardt parameters are sensitive to changes in angular arrangement even when the overall topological connectivity is fixed. During the highly non-equilibrium conditions at the start of the cascade, both techniques reveal significant localized transient structural changes and variation in the cation connectivity. After a few picoseconds, the connectivity is largely fixed, while the order parameters continue to change. In the zirconate there is a shift to the anion disordered system while in the titanate there is substantial reversion and healing back to the parent pyrochlore structure.

  11. Titanic Weather Forecasting


    New Detailed VLT Images of Saturn's Largest Moon Optimizing space missions Titan, the largest moon of Saturn was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens in 1655 and certainly deserves its name. With a diameter of no less than 5,150 km, it is larger than Mercury and twice as large as Pluto. It is unique in having a hazy atmosphere of nitrogen, methane and oily hydrocarbons. Although it was explored in some detail by the NASA Voyager missions, many aspects of the atmosphere and surface still remain unknown. Thus, the existence of seasonal or diurnal phenomena, the presence of clouds, the surface composition and topography are still under debate. There have even been speculations that some kind of primitive life (now possibly extinct) may be found on Titan. Titan is the main target of the NASA/ESA Cassini/Huygens mission, launched in 1997 and scheduled to arrive at Saturn on July 1, 2004. The ESA Huygens probe is designed to enter the atmosphere of Titan, and to descend by parachute to the surface. Ground-based observations are essential to optimize the return of this space mission, because they will complement the information gained from space and add confidence to the interpretation of the data. Hence, the advent of the adaptive optics system NAOS-CONICA (NACO) [1] in combination with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile now offers a unique opportunity to study the resolved disc of Titan with high sensitivity and increased spatial resolution. Adaptive Optics (AO) systems work by means of a computer-controlled deformable mirror that counteracts the image distortion induced by atmospheric turbulence. It is based on real-time optical corrections computed from image data obtained by a special camera at very high speed, many hundreds of times each second (see e.g. ESO Press Release 25/01 , ESO PR Photos 04a-c/02, ESO PR Photos 19a-c/02, ESO PR Photos 21a-c/02, ESO Press Release 17/02, and ESO Press Release 26/03 for earlier NACO

  12. Sinterização de cerâmicas à base de PZT em forno de microondas Microwave synthesis of PZT based ceramics

    M. V. Gelfuso


    Full Text Available Cerâmicas de titanato e zirconato de chumbo dopadas com neodímio foram sinterizadas em um forno de microondas de uso doméstico modificado. Neste tipo de aquecimento, a energia eletromagnética é transferida diretamente para o material, sendo convertida em calor pelo material cerâmico, reduzindo o tempo e energia durante o processamento. Desta forma, foram produzidos corpos cerâmicos com tempo de sinterização que variou até 30 min, a 1100 e 1200 ºC. As fases foram investigadas por meio de difratometria de raios X. Corpos cerâmicos com densidade de 95% da teórica foram obtidos com tempo de sinterização de 10 min em 1100 ºC, com uma taxa de aquecimento de 400 ºC/min. Para as cerâmicas com densidade superior a 90% da teórica foram medidos os valores de constante dielétrica e fator de perda.Ferroelectric ceramics based on lead zirconate titanate doped with neodymium were sintered using a modified microwave oven. In this process the energy is transferred directly to the material through the interaction between molecules of the material with the electromagnetic field. The microwave sintering process has an advantage to reduce the time and save energy. This type of process involves energy conversion, opposing to heat transfer. Ceramic parts were produced by thermal treatments at 1100 ºC and 1200 ºC up to 30 min. The formed crystalline phases were investigated by X-ray diffraction. Ceramic parts with densities above 95% of the theoretical density were produced in 10 min by heating at 1100 ºC, with heating rate of 400 ºC/min. Values of dielectric constant and loss factor of ceramics with density above 90%T.D. were determined.

  13. Effect of dielectrophoretic structuring on piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties of lead titanate-epoxy composites

    Khanbareh, H.; Zwaag, S. van der; Groen, W.A.


    Functional granular composites of lead titanate particles in an epoxy matrix prepared by dielectrophoresis show enhanced dielectric, piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties compared to 0-3 composites for different ceramic volume content from 10% to 50%. Two structuring parameters, the interparticl

  14. Effect of zirconia type on its bond strength with different veneer ceramics

    M.N. Aboushelib; C.J. Kleverlaan; A.J. Feilzer


    Purpose: The bond strength between veneer ceramic and the zirconia framework is the weakest component in the layered structure. This bond was proven to be sensitive to the surface finish of the framework material and to the type of the veneer ceramic and its method of application. New colored zircon

  15. Morphology and geochemistry of zircon: a case study on zircon from the microgranitoid enclaves

    汪相; KIENAST; Jean-Robert


    There are three types of zircon (i.e. Zircon A, Zircon B and Zircon C) in the microgranitoid enclaves from the Qingtian granite. Zircon A is of the smallest Ipr, Ipy and Iel values with the largest range of variations; Zircon C is of the largest Ipr, Ipy and Iel values with the smallest range of variations; and Zircon B is intermediate among the three types. The microprobe analysis of zircon demonstrates that the contents of trace elements (Hf, U, Y, Th) increase progressively with larger and larger variation from Zircon A through Zircon B to Zircon C. These characters snggest that the three types of zircon in the enclaves may have formed successively during the cooling process of enclave magma, corresponding to different sites along with the intrusion of enclave magma. Because of positive correlations of the UO2/HfO2 ratio with Ipr, the ThO2/Y2O3 ratio with Ipy, and the UO2/(ThO2 + Y2O3) ratio with Iel, it is suggested that the variation in zircon typology is caused

  16. Structural and functional characterization of barium zirconium titanate / epoxy composites

    Filiberto González Garcia


    Full Text Available The dielectric behavior of composite materials (barium zirconium titanate / epoxy system was analyzed as a function of ceramic concentration. Structure and morphologic behavior of the composites was investigated by X-ray Diffraction (XRD, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM analyses. Composites were prepared by mixing the components and pouring them into suitable moulds. It was demonstrated that the amount of inorganic phase affects the morphology of the presented composites. XRD revealed the presence of a single phase while Raman scattering confirmed structural transitions as a function of ceramic concentration. Changes in the ceramic concentration affected Raman modes and the distribution of particles along into in epoxy matrix. Dielectric permittivity and dielectric losses were influenced by filler concentration.

  17. Titan's global geologic processes

    Malaska, Michael; Lopes, Rosaly M. C.; Schoenfeld, Ashley; Birch, Samuel; Hayes, Alexander; Williams, David A.; Solomonidou, Anezina; Janssen, Michael A.; Le Gall, Alice; Soderblom, Jason M.; Neish, Catherine; Turtle, Elizabeth P.; Cassini RADAR Team


    We have mapped the Cassini SAR imaged areas of Saturn's moon Titan in order to determine the geological properties that modify the surface [1]. We used the SAR dataset for mapping, but incorporated data from radiometry, VIMS, ISS, and SARTopo for terrain unit determination. This work extends our analyses of the mid-latitude/equatorial Afekan Crater region [2] and in the southern and northern polar regions [3]. We placed Titan terrains into six broad terrain classes: craters, mountain/hummocky, labyrinth, plains, dunes, and lakes. We also extended the fluvial mapping done by Burr et al. [4], and defined areas as potential cryovolcanic features [5]. We found that hummocky/mountainous and labyrinth areas are the oldest units on Titan, and that lakes and dunes are among the youngest. Plains units are the largest unit in terms of surface area, followed by the dunes unit. Radiometry data suggest that most of Titan's surface is covered in high-emissivity materials, consistent with organic materials, with only minor exposures of low-emissivity materials that are consistent with water ice, primarily in the mountain and hummocky areas and crater rims and ejecta [6, 7]. From examination of terrain orientation, we find that landscape evolution in the mid-latitude and equatorial regions is driven by aeolian processes, while polar landscapes are shaped by fluvial, lacrustine, and possibly dissolution or volatilization processes involving cycling organic materials [3, 8]. Although important in deciphering Titan's terrain evolution, impact processes play a very minor role in the modification of Titan's landscape [9]. We find no evidence for large-scale aqueous cryovolcanic deposits.References: [1] Lopes, R.M.C. et al. (2010) Icarus, 205, 540–558. [2] Malaska, M.J. et al. (2016) Icarus, 270, 130–161. [3] Birch et al., in revision. [4] Burr et al. (2013) GSA Bulletin 125, 299–321. [5] Lopes et al. JGR: Planets, 118, 1–20. [6] Janssen et al., (2009) Icarus, 200, 222–239. [7

  18. Microwave Dielectric Properties of Ceria Composite Lanthanum Sodium Titanate Dielectric Ceramics%氧化铈复合钛酸镧钠介质陶瓷的微波介电性能



    Complex microwave dielectric ceramics (1 -x) (Na0.5La0.5 )TiO3+xCeO2 + 1%CuO were prepared by solid-state reaction method. The relation for sintering temperature, microstructure and microwave dielectric properties of the ceramics were studied. The results show that the ceramics with dielectric constant εr of 35. 9. quality factor of 11 300 GHz and temperature coefficient τf of 98. 0 × 10-5℃-1 were obtained when sintering temperature was 1 400℃ and x = 0. 8. By appropriately adjusted the x value, and a zero τf value could be achieved. When x was 0. 9 and sintering temperature was 1 400℃ . a microwave dielectric ceramic with εr of 32. 0. Qf of 8 240 GHz and τf of 6. 7×10 -6 ℃-1 was obtained.%采用固相合成法制备了(1-x)(Na0.3 La0.5)TiO3+xCeO2+1%CuO复合微波介质陶瓷,研究了烧结温度、微观结构和微波介电性能之间的关系.结果表明:当x=0.8,烧结温度为1 400 C时,可获得介电常数εr为35.9、品质因数Qf为11 300 GHz、谐振频率温度系数τf为98.O×10-6 ℃-1的微波介质陶瓷;通过调节体系中的x值可获得接近于0的τf,当x=0.9、烧结温度为1 400 C时,可获得εr为32.O、Qf为8 240 GHz、τf为6.7×10-6 C-1的微波介质陶瓷.

  19. Study of barium bismuth titanate prepared by mechanochemical synthesis

    Lazarević Z.Ž.


    Full Text Available Barium-bismuth titanate, BaBi4Ti4O15 (BBT, a member of Aurivillius bismuth-based layer-structure perovskites, was prepared from stoichiometric amounts of barium titanate and bismuth titanate obtained via mechanochemical synthesis. Mechanochemical synthesis was performed in air atmosphere in a planetary ball mill. The reaction mechanism of BaBi4Ti4O15 and the preparation and characteristics of BBT ceramic powders were studied using XRD, Raman spectroscopy, particle analysis and SEM. The Bi-layered perovskite structure of BaBi4Ti4O15 ceramic forms at 1100 °C for 4 h without a pre-calcination step. The microstructure of BaBi4Ti4O15 exhibits plate-like grains typical for the Bi-layered structured material and spherical and polygonal grains. The Ba2+ addition leads to changes in the microstructure development, particularly in the change of the average grain size.

  20. Organic chemistry on Titan

    Chang, S.; Scattergood, T.; Aronowitz, S.; Flores, J.


    Features taken from various models of Titan's atmosphere are combined in a working composite model that provides environmental constraints within which different pathways for organic chemical synthesis are determined. Experimental results and theoretical modeling suggest that the organic chemistry of the satellite is dominated by two processes: photochemistry and energetic particle bombardment. Photochemical reactions of CH4 in the upper atmosphere can account for the presence of C2 hydrocarbons. Reactions initiated at various levels of the atmosphere by cosmic rays, Saturn 'wind', and solar wind particle bombardment of a CH4-N2 atmospheric mixture can account for the UV-visible absorbing stratospheric haze, the reddish appearance of the satellite, and some of the C2 hydrocarbons. In the lower atmosphere photochemical processes will be important if surface temperatures are sufficiently high for gaseous NH3 to exist. It is concluded that the surface of Titan may contain ancient or recent organic matter (or both) produced in the atmosphere.

  1. Titan's Eccentricity Tides

    Iess, L.; Jacobson, R.; Ducci, M.; Stevenson, D. J.; Lunine, J. I.; Armstrong, J. W.; Asmar, S.; Racioppa, P.; Rappaport, N. J.; Tortora, P.


    The large eccentricity (e=0.03) of Titan's orbit causes significant variations in the tidal field from Saturn and induces periodic stresses in the satellite body at the orbital period (about 16 days). Peak-to-peak variations of the tidal field (from pericenter to apocenter) are about 18% (6e). If Titan hosts a liquid layer (such as an internal ocean), the gravity field would exhibit significant periodic variations. The response of the body to fast variations of the external, perturbing field is controlled by the Love numbers, defined for each spherical harmonic as the ratio between the perturbed and perturbing potential. For Titan the largest effect is by far on the quadrupole field, and the corresponding Love number is indicated by k2 (assumed to be identical for all degree 2 harmonics). Models of Titan's interior generally envisage a core made up of silicates, surrounded by a layer of high pressure ice, possibly a liquid water or water-ammonia ocean, and an ice-I outer shell, with variations associated with the dehydration state of the core or the presence of mixed rock-ice layers. Previous analysis of Titan's tidal response [1] shows that k2 depends crucially on the presence or absence of an internal ocean. k2 was found to vary from about 0.03 for a purely rocky interior to 0.48 for a rigid rocky core surrounded by an ocean and a thin (20 km) ice shell. A large k2 entails changes in the satellite's quadrupole coefficients by a few percent, enough to be detected by accurate range rate measurements of the Cassini spacecraft. So far, of the many Cassini's flybys of Titan, six were used for gravity measurements. During gravity flybys the spacecraft is tracked from the antennas of NASA's Deep Space Network using microwave links at X- and Ka-band frequencies. A state-of-the-art instrumentation enables range rate measurements accurate to 10-50 micron/s at integration times of 60 s. The first four flybys provided the static gravity field and the moment of inertia factor

  2. Simulations of Titan's paleoclimate

    Lora, Juan M; Russell, Joellen L; Hayes, Alexander G


    We investigate the effects of varying Saturn's orbit on the atmospheric circulation and surface methane distribution of Titan. Using a new general circulation model of Titan's atmosphere, we simulate its climate under four characteristic configurations of orbital parameters that correspond to snapshots over the past 42 kyr, capturing the amplitude range of long-period cyclic variations in eccentricity and longitude of perihelion. The model, which covers pressures from the surface to 0.5 mbar, reproduces the present-day temperature profile and tropospheric superrotation. In all four simulations, the atmosphere efficiently transports methane poleward, drying out the low- and mid-latitudes, indicating that these regions have been desert-like for at least tens of thousands of years. Though circulation patterns are not significantly different, the amount of surface methane that builds up over either pole strongly depends on the insolation distribution; in the present-day, methane builds up preferentially in the no...

  3. Landscape Evolution of Titan

    Moore, Jeffrey


    Titan may have acquired its massive atmosphere relatively recently in solar system history. The warming sun may have been key to generating Titan's atmosphere over time, starting from a thin atmosphere with condensed surface volatiles like Triton, with increased luminosity releasing methane, and then large amounts of nitrogen (perhaps suddenly), into the atmosphere. This thick atmosphere, initially with much more methane than at present, resulted in global fluvial erosion that has over time retreated towards the poles with the removal of methane from the atmosphere. Basement rock, as manifested by bright, rough, ridges, scarps, crenulated blocks, or aligned massifs, mostly appears within 30 degrees of the equator. This landscape was intensely eroded by fluvial processes as evidenced by numerous valley systems, fan-like depositional features and regularly-spaced ridges (crenulated terrain). Much of this bedrock landscape, however, is mantled by dunes, suggesting that fluvial erosion no longer dominates in equatorial regions. High midlatitude regions on Titan exhibit dissected sedimentary plains at a number of localities, suggesting deposition (perhaps by sediment eroded from equatorial regions) followed by erosion. The polar regions are mainly dominated by deposits of fluvial and lacustrine sediment. Fluvial processes are active in polar areas as evidenced by alkane lakes and occasional cloud cover.

  4. Titan's gravity: An update

    Durante, D.; Iess, L.; Racioppa, P.; Armstrong, J. W.; Lunine, J. I.; Stevenson, D. J.; Tortora, P.


    Since its arrival at Saturn in 2004, Cassini performed nine flybys devoted to the determination of Titan's gravity field and its tidal variations. The last gravity flyby of the mission (T122) took place on Aug. 10, 2016. We will present an updated gravity solution, based on all available data. These include also an additional flyby (T110, March 2015, primarily devoted to the imaging Titan's north polar lakes) carried out with the low gain antenna. This flyby was particularly valuable because closest approach occurred at high latitude (75°N), over an area not previously sampled. Published gravity results (Iess et al., 2012) indicated that Titan is subject to large eccentricity tides in response to Saturn's time varying forcing field. The magnitude of the response quadrupole field, controlled by the Love number k2, was used to infer the existence of an internal ocean. The new gravity field determination provides a better estimate of k2, to a level of a few percent. In addition to a full 3x3 field, the new solution includes also higher degree and order harmonic coefficients (such as J4) and offers an improved map of gravity anomalies. The updated geoid and its associated uncertainty could be used to refine the gravity-altimetry correlative analysis and for improved interpretation of radar altimetric data.

  5. Low temperature sensing behavior of upconversion luminescence in Er3+/Yb3+ codoped PLZT transparent ceramic

    Feng, Zhuohong; Lin, Lin; Wang, ZheZhe; Zheng, Zhiqiang


    In this paper, low temperature sensing characteristic of upconversion luminescence in Er3+/Yb3+ codoped lead-lanthanum zirconate-titanate ferroelectric ceramics (PLZT) was investigated by fluorescence intensity ratios (FIRs). The upconversion emissions at 539 nm, 564 nm and 666 nm were observed from 10 K to 320 K by exciting at 980 nm. These emissions were assigned to the transitions 2H11/2→4I15/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2, and 4F9/2→4I15/2, respectively. The temperature dependent emission intensities of upconversion luminescence were analyzed, from which the thermal excitation processes among the three levels system of 2H11/2, 4S3/2 and 4F9/2 were discovered. Based on this, the FIRs of 539 nm to 666 nm, 539 nm to 564 nm are studied, and the variation trends of them agree with the Boltzmann distribution of thermal coupled in the temperature range of 140-320 K. The temperature sensitivity of intensity ratio of 539 nm to 666 nm is 21.84×10-4 K-1 at 320 K, which is about 4 times than that of 539 nm to 564 nm. The temperature sensing performance can be improved by high valued ΔE of thermal coupled levels (TCLs). This paper shows that 2H11/2 and 4F9/2 of Er3+ are TCLs in PLZT, and the upconversion luminescence of Er3+/Yb3+ codoped PLZT transparent ceramic have a potential application in low temperature sensing above 140 K.

  6. Evaluation of resin adhesion to zirconia ceramic using some organosilanes

    Matinlinna, Jukka P.; Heikkinen, Mo; Ozcan, Mutlu; Lassila, Lippo V. J.; Vallittu, Pekka K.


    Objectives. This study evaluated and compared the effect of three trialkoxysilane coupling agents on the bond strength of a Bis-GMA-based unfilled resin and a dimethacrylate-based resin composite luting cement to a zirconia ceramics (Procera(R) AllZircon, Nobel Biocare, Goteborg, Sweden). Methods. S

  7. Evaluating the Paleomagnetic Potential of Zircons

    Fu, R. R.; Lima, E. A.; Weiss, B. P.; Glenn, D. R.; Kehayias, P.; Walsworth, R. L.


    Because zircon crystals commonly display high natural U/Pb ratios and excellent resistance to weathering, paleomagnetic data collected from zircons potentially enjoy the benefits of excellent age controls and minimal remagnetization from infiltrating fluids. We present rock magnetic and paleomagnetic experiments on two sets of zircons with contrasting geologic histories to determine the viability of zircons as paleomagnetic recorders. First, we characterize primary zircons from the Bishop Tuff, a pyroclastic deposit formed at 767±1 ka in a magnetic field of 43±3 µT. Magnetic field maps with ~10 µm resolution obtained with the nitrogen vacancy (NV) diamond magnetometer indicate that most ferromagnetic sources are situated within zircon interiors, suggesting a primary origin (Fig. 1A). Stepwise thermal demagnetization reveals well-defined components of magnetization blocked in most samples up to 580˚C, indicating the dominance of magnetite, which is the expected primary phase. The intensity of natural remanent magnetization (NRM) is typically 10-12 Am2. Ongoing Thellier-Thellier dual heating experiments will evaluate the accuracy of recovered paleointensities. Second, we study Hadean and Archean detrital zircons from the Jack Hills. In contrast to the Bishop Tuff samples, magnetic microscopy and stepwise thermal demagnetization demonstrate that the remanent magnetization of >80% of Jack Hills zircon are carried exclusively by secondary hematite situated on grain surfaces (Fig. 1B). NRM intensities range between 10-15 and 10-12 Am2 and decrease by a factor of several upon chemical removal of secondary hematite. Our analyses reveal a diversity of ferromagnetic mineralogies and distribution in natural zircons. While some zircon populations carry reliable paleomagnetic information, others are dominated by secondary ferromagnetic phases. Without the application of high-resolution magnetic microscopy techniques to identify the main ferromagnetic carrier, it is

  8. Barium titanate nanoparticles: promising multitasking vectors in nanomedicine

    Graziana Genchi, Giada; Marino, Attilio; Rocca, Antonella; Mattoli, Virgilio; Ciofani, Gianni


    Ceramic materials based on perovskite-like oxides have traditionally been the object of intense interest for their applicability in electrical and electronic devices. Due to its high dielectric constant and piezoelectric features, barium titanate (BaTiO3) is probably one of the most studied compounds of this family. Recently, an increasing number of studies have been focused on the exploitation of barium titanate nanoparticles (BTNPs) in the biomedical field, owing to the high biocompatibility of BTNPs and their peculiar non-linear optical properties that have encouraged their use as nanocarriers for drug delivery and as label-free imaging probes. In this review, we summarize all the recent findings about these ‘smart’ nanoparticles, including the latest, most promising potential as nanotransducers for cell stimulation.

  9. Thermoluminescence of zircon : a kinetic model

    Turkin, AA; van Es, HJ; Vainshtein, DI; den Hartog, HW


    The mineral zircon, ZrSiO4, belongs to a class of promising materials for geochronometry by means of thermoluminescence (TL) dating. The development of a reliable and reproducible method for TL dating with zircon requires detailed knowledge of the processes taking place during exposure to ionizing

  10. Mineral zircon : A novel thermoluminescence geochronometer

    Van Es, HJ; Vainshtein, DI; De Meijer, RJ; Den Hartog, HW; Donoghue, JF; Rozendaal, A


    Mineral zircon contains trace amounts (typically 10-1000 ppm) of the alpha-emitters uranium and thorium, which irradiate this mineral internally. This outstanding feature of zircon turns out to be extremely useful when this mineral is applied as a thermoluminescence (TL) dating medium, because the b

  11. Titan's atmosphere from DISR

    West, Robert

    This abstract distills information about Titan's atmosphere described in detail in a paper by M. G. Tomasko, L. Doose, S. Engel, L. E. Dafoe, R. West, M. Lemmon, E. Karkoschka and C. See, ‘A model of Titan's aerosols based on measurements made inside the atmosphere', Planetary and Space Sciences, in press, 2008. The Descent Imager Spectral Radiometer (DISR) observed Titan's sky and surface during the descent of the Huygens Probe in January, 2005. Measurements were made over the altitude range 160 Km to the surface near latitude -10 degrees. The DISR instrument package included several components to measure the radiation state as a function of altitude. These include upward and downward-looking visible and near-infrared spectrometers covering the wavelength range 450 to 1600 nm, an ultraviolet photometer, a solar aureole camera with polarizers, and a sun sensor. Measurements were made at a variety of azimuthal angles relative to the sun azimuth. Due to unanticipated behavior of the probe (reverse spin and high-amplitude, chaotic tip and tilt) the retrieval process has required more effort than was planned and the total science return is less than expected. Nevertheless the data yielded unsurpassed and unique information which constrain the optical and physical properties of the photochemical haze aerosols and condensate particles. The principal findings are (1) between 80 Km and 160 Km the photochemical haze is well mixed with the gas with a scale height of about 65 Km, (2) between 80 Km and the surface the particle optical depth is a linear function of altitude with a break in slope near 30 Km altitude, (3) optical properties of the haze do not depend much on altitude above 80 Km although more recent work by Tomasko and colleagues suggest a gradient in the stratosphere; below 80 Km there are changes in optical behavior which suggest that condensation plays a role, (4) the data confirm previous results which proposed a particle structure of aggregates of small

  12. Grenville Zircon Fertility, Baby Boom, and Baby Boom Echo; Natural Bias in the Detrital Zircon Record

    Moecher, D. P.; Samson, S. D.


    Grenville-aged (~1150-1050 Ma) granitoids of eastern Laurentia exposed in Appalachian basement massifs are as much as 20 times more Zr-rich and much more fertile for crystallizing zircon compared to Paleozoic Laurentian granitoids of the Eastern Blue Ridge, Inner Piedmont, and Carolina terranes. Erosion of Grenville source rocks generates disproportionately large numbers and/or sizes of detrital zircon compared to less fertile magmatic sources. The latter are essentially undetectable by standard detrital zircon provenance methods (SHRIMP or LA-ICP-MS analysis of magmatic cores of >100 micron grains). Grenvillian zircon fertility biased the Neoproterozoic to Recent detrital record as a result of: (1) zircon durability and insolubility in aqueous fluids means detrital zircons eroded from Grenville basement terranes are recycled during repeated orogenesis; (2) inertness of zircon below upper amphibolite facies (onset of anatexis), and high Zr resulting from concentration of detrital zircon in sedimentary protoliths, means dominantly metasedimentary terranes will fail to generate sufficient new zircon corresponding in age to the time of accretion of those terranes to Laurentia. Zircon growth under incipient anatectic conditions generates new zircon as overgrowths on detrital magmatic cores; overgrowths are often too thin to analyze by ion or laser beam. In this case, metasedimentary terranes may be rendered essentially undetectable. New `magmatic' zircon may be generated with greater degrees of anatexis, but might be inferred to be of plutonic, not metamorphic, parentage. Grenville modes dominate detrital zircon age distributions for: Laurentian Neoproterozoic rift basins; Neoproterozoic to Lower Ordovician passive margin sequences; Appalachian Paleozoic syn-orogenic clastic sequences; Appalachian metasedimentary terranes; and modern rivers. The latter is surprising since Grenville terranes comprise baby boom' that echoed through later orogenies. The natural Grenville

  13. Acetylene on Titan

    Singh, Sandeep; McCord, Thomas B.; Combe, Jean-Philippe; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Cornet, Thomas; Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Clark, Roger Nelson; Maltagliati, Luca; Chevrier, Vincent


    Saturn's moon Titan possesses a thick atmosphere that is mainly composed of N2 (98%), CH4 (2 % overall, but 4.9% close to the surface) and less than 1% of minor species, mostly hydrocarbons [1]. A dissociation of N2 and CH4 forms complex hydrocarbons in the atmsophere and acetylene (C2H2) and ethane (C2H6) are produced most abundently. Since years, C2H2 has been speculated to exist on the surface of Titan based on its high production rate in the stratosphere predicted by photochemical models [2,3] and from its detection as trace gas sublimated/evaporated from the surface after the landing of the Huygens probe by the Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GCMS) [1]. Here we show evidence of acetylene (C2H2) on the surface of Titan by detecting absorption bands at 1.55 µm and 4.93 µm using Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) [4] at equatorial areas of eastern Shangri-La, and Fensal-Aztlan/Quivira.An anti-correlation of absorption band strength with albedo indicates greater concentrations of C2H2 in the dark terrains, such as sand dunes and near the Huygens landing site. The specific location of the C2H2 detections suggests that C2H2 is mobilized by surface processes, such as surface weathering by liquids through dissolution/evaporation processes.References:[1]Niemann et al., Nature 438, 779-784 (2005).[2]Lavvas et al., Planetary and Space Science 56, 67 - 99 (2008).[3]Lavvas et al., Planetary and Space Science 56, 27 - 66 (2008).[4] Brown et al., The Cassini-Huygens Mission 111-168 (Springer, 2004).

  14. Solidification of simulated actinides by natural zircon

    YANG Jian-Wen; LUO Shang-Geng


    Natural zircon was used as precursor material to produce a zircon waste form bearing 20wt% simulated actinides (Nd2O3 and UO2) through a solid state reaction by a typical synroc fabrication process. The fabricated zircon waste form has relatively good physical properties (density 5.09g/cm3, open porosity 4.0%, Vickers hardness 715kg/mm2). The XRD, SEM/EDS and TEM/EDS analyses indicate that there are zircon phases containing waste elements formed through the reaction. The chemical durability and radiation stability are determined by the MCC-1method and heavy ion irradiation; the results show that the zircon waste form is highly leach resistance and relatively stable under irradiation (amorphous dose 0.7dpa). From this study, the method of using a natural mineral to solidify radioactive waste has proven to be feasible.

  15. Titan Airship Surveyor

    Kerzhanovich, V.; Yavrouian, A.; Cutts, J.; Colozza, A.; Fairbrother, D.


    Saturn's moon Titan is considered to be one of the prime candidates for studying prebiotic materials - the substances that precede the formation of life but have disappeared from the Earth as a result of the evolution of life. A unique combination of a dense, predominantly nitrogen, atmosphere (more than four times that of the Earth), low gravity (six times less than on the Earth) and small temperature variations makes Titan the almost ideal planet for studies with lighter-than-air aerial platforms (aerobots). Moreover, since methane clouds and photochemical haze obscure the surface, low-altitude aerial platforms are the only practical means that can provide global mapping of the Titan surface at visible and infrared wavelengths. One major challenge in Titan exploration is the extremely cold atmosphere (approx. 90 K). However, current material technology the capability to operate aerobots at these very low temperatures. A second challenge is the remoteness from the Sun (10 AU) that makes the nuclear (radioisotopic) energy the only practical source of power. A third challenge is remoteness from the Earth (approx. 10 AU, two-way light-time approx. 160 min) which imposes restrictions on data rates and makes impractical any meaningful real-time control. A small-size airship (approx. 25 cu m) can carry a payload approximately 100 kg. A Stirling engine coupled to a radioisotope heat source would be the prime choice for producing both mechanical and electrical power for sensing, control, and communications. The cold atmospheric temperature makes Stirling machines especially effective. With the radioisotope power source the airship may fly with speed approximately 5 m/s for a year or more providing an excellent platform for in situ atmosphere measurements and a high-resolution remote sensing with unlimited access on a global scale. In a station-keeping mode the airship can be used for in situ studies on the surface by winching down an instrument package. Floating above the

  16. The Tides of Titan

    Iess, L.; Jacobson, R.; Ducci, M.; Stevenson, D. J.; Lunine, J. I.; Armstrong, J. W.; Asmar, S.; Racioppa, P.; Rappaport, N. J.; Tortora, P.


    Titan has long been thought to host a subsurface water ocean. A liquid water or water-ammonia layer underneath the outer icy shell was invoked to explain the Voyager and Cassini observations of abundant methane (an easily dissociated species) in the atmosphere of the satellite. Given the paucity of surface hydrocarbon reservoirs, the atmospheric methane must be supplied by the interior, and an ocean can both provide a large storage volume and facilitate the outgassing from the deeper layers of the satellite to the surface. Huygens probe observations of a Schumann-like resonance point to the presence of an electrically conductive layer at a depth of 50-100 km, which has been interpreted to be the top of an ammonia-doped ocean [1]. Cassini gravity observations provide stronger evidence of the existence of such subsurface ocean. By combining precise measurements of the spacecraft range rate during six flybys, suitably distributed along Titan's orbit (three near pericenter, two near apocenter one near quadrature), we have been able to determine the k2 Love number to be k2 = 0.589±0.150 and k2 = 0.637±0.224 in two independent so-lutions (quoted uncertainties are 2-sigma) [2]. Such a large value indicates that Titan is highly deformable over time scales of days, as one would expect if a global ocean were hidden beneath the outer icy shell. The inclusion of time-variable gravity in the solution provided also a more reliable estimate of the static field, including an updated long-wavelength geoid. We discuss the methods adopted in our solutions and some implications of our results for the interior structure of Titan, and outline the expected improvements from the additional gravity flybys before the end of mission in 2017. [1] C. Beghin, C. Sotin, M. Hamelin, Comptes Rendue Geoscience, 342, 425 (2010). [2] L. Iess, R.A. Jacobson, M. Ducci, D.J. Stevenson, J.I. Lunine, J.W. Armstrong, S.W. Asmar, P. Racioppa, N.J. Rappaport, P. Tortora, Science, 337, 457 (2012).

  17. Titan Science Return Quantification

    Weisbin, Charles R.; Lincoln, William


    Each proposal for a NASA mission concept includes a Science Traceability Matrix (STM), intended to show that what is being proposed would contribute to satisfying one or more of the agency's top-level science goals. But the information traditionally provided cannot be used directly to quantitatively compare anticipated science return. We added numerical elements to NASA's STM and developed a software tool to process the data. We then applied this methodology to evaluate a group of competing concepts for a proposed mission to Saturn's moon, Titan.

  18. On Ceramics.

    School Arts, 1982


    Presents four ceramics activities for secondary-level art classes. Included are directions for primitive kiln construction and glaze making. Two ceramics design activities are described in which students make bizarrely-shaped lidded jars, feet, and footwear. (AM)

  19. Dielectric properties of piezoelectric 3–0 composites of lithium ferrite/barium titanate

    P Sarah; S V Suryanarayana


    Piezoelectric 3–0 composite ceramics are prepared from a mixture of barium titanate and lithium ferrite phase constituents. Dielectric properties of composites are affected by a number of parameters that include electrical properties, size, shape and amount of constituent phases. The frequency dependent measurements can provide additional insight into mechanisms controlling electrical response. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant plots of lithium ferrite/barium titanate composites will be given and the relevance of trends seen in them will be discussed. Connectivity in composites developed is studied.

  20. Touchdown on Titan

    Morring, Frank, Jr.


    Europe's Huygens probe is on target for a Dec. 25 separation from the Cassini Saturn orbiter that has carried it like a baby for more than seven years. The probe will spend three weeks coasting to a plunge into Titan's thick atmosphere on the morning of Jan. 14. If all goes as planned, the 349-kg. Huygens will spend more than 2 hr. descending by parachute to the mysterious surface of the planet-sized moon, and hopefully devote yet more time to broadcasting data after it lands. Before the day is over, Huygens is programmed to beam about 30 megabytes of data - including some 1,100 images-back to Earth through Cassini, a trip that will take some 75 min. to complete over the 1- billion-km. distance that separates the two planets. Within that data should be answers to questions that date back to 1655, when Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens found the moon with a homemade telescope and named it for the family of giants the ancient Greeks believed once ruled the earth. In the Solar System, there is no other world like Titan, with a nitrogen and methane atmospheric and a cold, hidden surface darker than Earth under the full Moon.

  1. Namibian Analogs To Titan Dunes

    Wall, Stephen D.; Lopes, R.; Kirk, R.; Stofan, E.; Farr, T.; Van der Ploeg, P.; Lorenz, R.; Radebaugh, J.


    Titan's equatorial dunes, observed in Cassini SAR, have been described as longitudinal, similar to longitudinal dunes in the Namib sand sea in southern Africa. Their "Y” junctions and the way they divert around topography are used as evidence of equatorial wind flow direction. In two instances of such diversion they exhibit overlying or crosshatched patterns in two distinct directions that have been interpreted as a transition to transverse dunes. Here we describe field observations of the Namibian dunes and these comparisons, we present images of the dunes from terrestrial SAR missions, and we discuss implications to both the Titan dunes and the wind regime that created them. Selected portions of the Namibian dunes resemble Titan's dunes in peak-to-peak distance and length. They are morphologically similar to Titan, and specific superficial analogs are common, but they also differ. For example, when Titan dunes encounter topography they either terminate abruptly, "climb” the upslope, or divert around; only the latter behavior is seen in remote sensing images of Namibia. Namib linear dunes do transition to transverse as they divert, but at considerably smaller wavelength, while at Titan the wavelengths are of the same scale. Crosshatching of similar-wavelength dunes does occur in Namibia, but not near obstacles. Many additional aeolian features that are seen at Namibia such as star dunes, serpentine ridges and scours have not been detected on Titan, although they might be below the Cassini SAR's 300-m resolution. These similarities and differences allow us to explore mechanisms of Titan dune formation, in some cases giving us clues as to what larger scale evidence to look for in SAR images. Viewed at similar resolution, they provide interesting comparisons with the Titan dunes, both in likeness and differences. A part of this work was carried out at JPL under contract with NASA.

  2. Development of low-expansion ceramics with strength retention to elevated temperatures. Final report

    Hirschfeld, D.A.; Brown, J.J. Jr. [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, VA (United States)


    The development of advanced engines has resulted in the need for new ceramic compositions which exhibit thermo-mechanical properties suitable for the engine environment, e.g., low thermal expansion, stability to 1,200 C, and thermal shock resistance. To meet these goals, a two phase research program was instituted. In the first phase, new oxide ceramics were identified in the AlPO{sub 4}-{beta}-eucryptite, {beta}-cristobalite, mullite and zircon systems. This research focused on screening and property characterization of ceramics in the four systems. The most promising compositions in the AlPO{sub 4}-{beta}-eucryptite and zircon systems were then further evaluated and developed in the second phase with the goal of being ready for prototype testing in actual engines. Of the compositions, calcium magnesium zirconium phosphate (zircon system) exhibits the most desirable properties and is presently being developed for commercialization.

  3. Barium titanate nanocomposite capacitor FY09 year end report.

    Stevens, Tyler E.; DiAntonio, Christopher Brian; Yang, Pin; Chavez, Tom P.; Winter, Michael R.; Monson, Todd C.; Roesler, Alexander William; Fellows, Benjamin D.


    This late start RTBF project started the development of barium titanate (BTO)/glass nanocomposite capacitors for future and emerging energy storage applications. The long term goal of this work is to decrease the size, weight, and cost of ceramic capacitors while increasing their reliability. Ceramic-based nanocomposites have the potential to yield materials with enhanced permittivity, breakdown strength (BDS), and reduced strain, which can increase the energy density of capacitors and increase their shot life. Composites of BTO in glass will limit grain growth during device fabrication (preserving nanoparticle grain size and enhanced properties), resulting in devices with improved density, permittivity, BDS, and shot life. BTO will eliminate the issues associated with Pb toxicity and volatility as well as the variation in energy storage vs. temperature of PZT based devices. During the last six months of FY09 this work focused on developing syntheses for BTO nanoparticles and firing profiles for sintering BTO/glass composite capacitors.

  4. Seasonal Changes in Titan's Meteorology

    Turtle, E. P.; DelGenio, A. D.; Barbara, J. M.; Perry, J. E.; Schaller, E. L.; McEwen, A. S.; West, R. A.; Ray, T. L.


    The Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem has observed Titan for 1/4 Titan year, and we report here the first evidence of seasonal shifts in preferred locations of tropospheric methane clouds. South \\polar convective cloud activity, common in late southern summer, has become rare. North \\polar and northern mid \\latitude clouds appeared during the approach to the northern spring equinox in August 2009. Recent observations have shown extensive cloud systems at low latitudes. In contrast, southern mid \\latitude and subtropical clouds have appeared sporadically throughout the mission, exhibiting little seasonality to date. These differences in behavior suggest that Titan s clouds, and thus its general circulation, are influenced by both the rapid temperature response of a low \\thermal \\inertia surface and the much longer radiative timescale of Titan s cold thick troposphere. North \\polar clouds are often seen near lakes and seas, suggesting that local increases in methane concentration and/or lifting generated by surface roughness gradients may promote cloud formation. Citation

  5. Titan's greenhouse and antigreenhouse effects

    Mckay, Christopher P.; Pollack, James B.; Courtin, Regis


    Thermal mechanisms active in Titan's atmosphere are discussed in a brief review of data obtained during the Voyager I flyby in 1980. Particular attention is given to the greenhouse effect (GHE) produced by atmospheric H2, N2, and CH4; this GHE is stronger than that on earth, with CH4 and H2 playing roles similar to those of H2O and CO2 on earth. Also active on Titan is an antigreenhouse effect, in which dark-brown and orange organic aerosols block incoming solar light while allowing IR radiation from the Titan surface to escape. The combination of GHE and anti-GHE leads to a surface temperature about 12 C higher than it would be if Titan had no atmosphere.

  6. Advanced methodology for measuring the extensive elastic compliance and mechanical loss directly in k31 mode piezoelectric ceramic plates

    Majzoubi, Maryam; Shekhani, Husain N.; Bansal, Anushka; Hennig, Eberhard; Scholehwar, Timo; Uchino, Kenji


    Dielectric, elastic, and piezoelectric constants, and their corresponding losses are defined under constant conditions of two categories; namely, intensive (i.e., E, electric field or T, stress), and extensive (i.e., D, dielectric displacement or x, strain) ones. So far, only the intensive parameters and losses could be measured directly in a k31 mode sample. Their corresponding extensive parameters could be calculated indirectly using the coupling factor and "K" matrix. However, the extensive loss parameters, calculated through this indirect method, could have large uncertainty, due to the error propagation in calculation. In order to overcome this issue, extensive losses should be measured separately from the measurable intensive ones in lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) k31 mode rectangular plate ceramics. We propose a new mechanical-excitation methodology, using a non-destructive testing approach by means of a partial electrode configuration, instead of the conventional full electrode configuration. For this purpose, a non-electrode sample was prepared, where the electrode covered only 10% of the top and bottom surfaces at the center to actuate the whole sample, and also monitor the responding vibration. The admittance spectrum of this sample, corresponds to PZT properties under dielectric displacement D constant condition. Furthermore, ceramics with partial-electrodes were also prepared to create short and open circuit boundary conditions, attributing to resonance and anti-resonance modes. In the proposed way, we were able to measure both intensive and extensive elastic compliances and mechanical losses directly for the first time. The accuracy of this new method is compared with the conventional measurements by use of indirect calculations. The preliminary results (by neglecting the 10% actuator part difference at this point) were obtained, which were in good agreements (less than 3% difference) with the previous indirect method.

  7. Dielectric silicone elastomers with mixed ceramic nanoparticles

    Stiubianu, George, E-mail: [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Aleea Gr. Ghica Voda 41A, Iasi 700487 (Romania); Bele, Adrian; Cazacu, Maria; Racles, Carmen; Vlad, Stelian [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Aleea Gr. Ghica Voda 41A, Iasi 700487 (Romania); Ignat, Mircea [National R& D Institute for Electrical Engineering ICPE-CA Bucharest, Splaiul Unirii 313, District 3, Bucharest 030138 (Romania)


    Highlights: • Composite ceramics nanoparticles (MCN) with zirconium dioxide and lead zirconate. • Dielectric elastomer films wDith PDMS matrix and MCN as dielectric filler. • Hydrophobic character—water resistant and good flexibility specific to siloxanes. • Increased value of dielectric constant with the content of MCN in dielectric films. • Increased energy output from uniaxial deformation of the dielectric elastomer films. - Abstract: A ceramic material consisting in a zirconium dioxide-lead zirconate mixture has been obtained by precipitation method, its composition being proved by wide angle X-ray powder diffraction and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The average diameter of the ceramic particles ranged between 50 and 100 nm, as revealed by transmission electron microscopy images. These were surface treated and used as filler for a high molecular mass polydimethylsiloxane-α,ω-diol (Mn = 450,000) prepared in laboratory, the resulted composites being further processed as films and crosslinked. A condensation procedure, unusual for polydimethylsiloxane having such high molecular mass, with a trifunctional silane was approached for the crosslinking. The effect of filler content on electrical and mechanical properties of the resulted materials was studied and it was found that the dielectric permittivity of nanocomposites increased in line with the concentration of ceramic nanoparticles.

  8. Study on the Rare Earth Element and Lead Titanate Doping in Lead Magnesium Niobate Ceramics%铌镁酸铅陶瓷的稀土元素及钛酸铅互掺改性研究

    李惠琴; 刘敬松


    本文采用了铌铁矿法,研究了稀土元素及钛酸铅(PT)的掺入对铌镁酸铅(PMN)铁电陶瓷的介电性能及拉曼行为的影响.分别掺入Y2O3 、Sin2O3、La2O3稀土氧化物后,PMN的介电常数峰值(εm)有所下降,而掺人PT后εm有所上升.稀土元素的掺人使相转变温度(Tm)朝远离居里点的低温方向移动,室温下的介电损耗值减小,介电常数频率稳定性得到增强.PT的掺入使Tm朝接近居里点的高温方向移动.拉曼光谱研究表明稀土元素、PT的掺人影响了PMN陶瓷的B位有序度,导致其介电性变化.%The columbite route was used in this work, and the influences of the addition of rare earth elements and PbTiO3 (PT) on the dielectric properties and Raman behavior of Pb( Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 (PMN) ceramics were investigated. When Y2O3, Sm2O3 and La2O3 were added into PMN, the maximum of dielectric constant (εm) decreased. While PT was added, εm increased. The doping of rare earth elements resulted that the temperature of phase transition ( Tm) moves to lower temperature far away the Curie point and dissipation factor at room temperature decreased, and the frequency dependence of dielectric constant get stabilized. The addition of PT moved Tm to higher temperature near the Curie point. The Raman investigation on the influence of rare earth elements and PT addition revealed that the change of chemical degree of B-site resulted in the dielectric property change.

  9. Life on Titan

    Potashko, Oleksandr

    Volcanoes engender life on heavenly bodies; they are pacemakers of life. All planets during their period of formation pass through volcanism hence - all planets and their satellites pass through the life. Tracks of life If we want to find tracks of life - most promising places are places with volcanic activity, current or past. In the case of just-in-time volcanic activity we have 100% probability to find a life. Therefore the most perspective “search for life” are Enceladus, Io and comets, further would be Venus, Jupiter’s satellites, Saturn’s satellites and first of all - Titan. Titan has atmosphere. It might be result of high volcanic activity - from one side, from other side atmosphere is a necessary condition development life from procaryota to eucaryota. Existence of a planet means that all its elements after hydrogen formed just there inside a planet. The forming of the elements leads to the formation of mineral and organic substances and further to the organic life. Development of the life depends upon many factors, e.g. the distance from star/s. The intensity of the processes of the element formation is inversely to the distance from the star. Therefore we may suppose that the intensity of the life in Mercury was very high. Hence we may detect tracks of life in Mercury, particularly near volcanoes. The distance from the star is only one parameter and now Titan looks very active - mainly due to interior reason. Its atmosphere compounds are analogous to comet tail compounds. Their collation may lead to interesting result as progress occurs at one of them. Volcanic activity is as a source of life origin as well a reason for a death of life. It depends upon the thickness of planet crust. In the case of small thickness of a crust the probability is high that volcanoes may destroy a life on a planet - like Noachian deluge. Destroying of the life under volcano influences doesn’t lead to full dead. As result we would have periodic Noachian deluge or

  10. The TITAN reversed-field-pinch fusion reactor study


    This report discusses research on the titan-1 fusion power core. The major topics covered are: titan-1 fusion-power-core engineering; titan-1 divertor engineering; titan-1 tritium systems; titan-1 safety design and radioactive-waste disposal; and titan-1 maintenance procedures.

  11. Ceramic joining

    Loehman, R.E. [Sandia National Lab., Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    This paper describes the relation between reactions at ceramic-metal interfaces and the development of strong interfacial bonds in ceramic joining. Studies on a number of systems are described, including silicon nitrides, aluminium nitrides, mullite, and aluminium oxides. Joints can be weakened by stresses such as thermal expansion mismatch. Ceramic joining is used in a variety of applications such as solid oxide fuel cells.

  12. Ceramic Processing



    Ceramics represent a unique class of materials that are distinguished from common metals and plastics by their: (1) high hardness, stiffness, and good wear properties (i.e., abrasion resistance); (2) ability to withstand high temperatures (i.e., refractoriness); (3) chemical durability; and (4) electrical properties that allow them to be electrical insulators, semiconductors, or ionic conductors. Ceramics can be broken down into two general categories, traditional and advanced ceramics. Traditional ceramics include common household products such as clay pots, tiles, pipe, and bricks, porcelain china, sinks, and electrical insulators, and thermally insulating refractory bricks for ovens and fireplaces. Advanced ceramics, also referred to as ''high-tech'' ceramics, include products such as spark plug bodies, piston rings, catalyst supports, and water pump seals for automobiles, thermally insulating tiles for the space shuttle, sodium vapor lamp tubes in streetlights, and the capacitors, resistors, transducers, and varistors in the solid-state electronics we use daily. The major differences between traditional and advanced ceramics are in the processing tolerances and cost. Traditional ceramics are manufactured with inexpensive raw materials, are relatively tolerant of minor process deviations, and are relatively inexpensive. Advanced ceramics are typically made with more refined raw materials and processing to optimize a given property or combination of properties (e.g., mechanical, electrical, dielectric, optical, thermal, physical, and/or magnetic) for a given application. Advanced ceramics generally have improved performance and reliability over traditional ceramics, but are typically more expensive. Additionally, advanced ceramics are typically more sensitive to the chemical and physical defects present in the starting raw materials, or those that are introduced during manufacturing.

  13. Thermal Conductivity of Composites of Beryllia and Lithium Titanate

    Rath, B. N.; Ghanwat, S. J.; Kaity, Santu; Danani, Chandan; Kulkarni, R. V.; Alur, V. D.; Sathiyamoorthy, D.; Anantharaman, S.


    The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power for energy purposes. Wide varieties of solid breeders and multiplier materials have been proposed for fusion blankets. Beryllium and lithium titanate (Li2TiO3) have been accepted as neutron multiplier and breeder materials, respectively. However, swelling of beryllium due to helium and tritium permeation through metallic beryllium and low thermal conductivity of lithium titanate have caused serious limitations when ITER is in the demo version. It has been well established that BeO due its highest thermal conductivity among the known ceramics, low neutron absorption cross section, and high neutron reflection cross section is a good neutron multiplier. In the present investigation, a novel ceramic single compound of BeO-Li2TiO3 was synthesized, keeping the BeO content to Li2TiO3 in the volume ratio of 80:20, 75:25, 65:35, and 55:45 with the aim of maintaining the tritium breeding ratio as more than one, and characterized for phases present by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy.

  14. Residual strain scanning of alumina-based ceramic composites by neutron diffraction

    Ruiz-Hervias, J.; Bruno, G.; Bueno, S.; Gurauskis, J.; Baudín, C.; Fan, K. Y.


    Residual strain profiles were measured by neutron diffraction in alumina-aluminum titanate ceramic composites sintered at two different temperatures, namely 1450 and 1550°C. The results show that irrespective of the direction and the sintering temperature, the obtained profiles are almost flat, with very similar results for both temperatures. In addition, the results demonstrate that the alumina is in compression whereas the aluminium titanate is subjected to tensile residual stresses.

  15. Electron Emission And Beam Generation Using Ferroelectric Cathodes (electron Beam Generation, Lead Lanthanum Zicronate Titanate, High Power Traveling Wave Tube Amplfier)

    Flechtner, D D


    In 1989, researchers at CERN published the discovery of significant electron emission (1– 100 A/cm2) from Lead- Lanthanum-Zirconate-Titanate (PLZT). The publication of these results led to international interest in ferroelectric cathodes studies for use in pulsed power devices. At Cornell University in 1991, experiments with Lead-Zirconate-Titanate (PZT) compositions were begun to study the feasibility of using this ferroelectric material as a cathode in the electron gun section of High Power Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier Experiments. Current-voltage characteristics were documented for diode voltages ranging from 50– 500,000 V with anode cathode gaps of.5– 6 cm. A linear current-voltage relation was found for voltages less than 50 kV. For diode voltages ≥ 200 kV, a typical Child-Langmuir V3/2 dependence was observed...

  16. Zirconium titanate: stability and thermal expansion; Titanato de circonio: estabilidad termodinamica y expansion termica

    Lopez-Lopez, E.; Moreno, R.; Baudin, C.


    Zirconium titanate is a well known compound in the field of electro ceramics, although it has also been used in catalyst and sensors applications. The crystallographic thermal expansion anisotropy of this compound makes it a potential candidate as constituent of structural components. In general, to assure the structural integrity and microstructural homogeneity of a ceramic piece, relatively low cooling rates from the fabrication temperature are required. This requirement is essential for zirconium titanate because thermal expansion as well as phase distribution is affected by small variations in the composition and cooling rate. This work reviews the available data on the phase equilibrium relationships in the systems ZrO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The main discrepancies as well as the possible origins of them are discussed. Additionally, the crystallographic thermal expansion data in the current literature are reviewed. (Author) 56 refs.

  17. Cerâmicas ferroelétricas transparentes de PLZT e PLMN-PT: processamento e propriedades PLZT and PLMN-PT transparent ferroelectric ceramics: processing and properties

    I. A. Santos


    Full Text Available Cerâmicas ferroelétricas transparentes têm sido largamente empregadas em dispositivos ópticos e eletro-ópticos. Neste trabalho apresentamos recentes progressos alcançados pelo GCFerr/DF-UFSCar na obtenção de cerâmicas ferroelétricas transparentes, obtidas por prensagem uniaxial a quente. São apresentados resultados de caracterizações microestrutural, estrutural, óptica, dielétrica, piroelétrica, eletro-óptica, eletrostrictiva e ferroelétrica, em cerâmicas de titanato zirconato de chumbo modificado com lantânio (PLZT e niobato de magnésio e chumbo - titanato de chumbo modificado com lantânio (PLMN-PT. Os resultados obtidos revelaram uma microestrutura homogênea, altos valores de densidade e ausência de fases segregadas para as cerâmicas de ambas composições. Conseqüentemente, altos valores de transmitância foram observados para as regiões visível e infravermelho próximo. As medidas elétricas também apresentaram excelentes resultados, quando comparados à literatura, demonstrando a alta qualidade das amostras obtidas.Transparent ferroelectric ceramics have been extensively employed in optical and electrooptical devices. The recent progresses achieved by the GCFerr/DF - UFSCar in the production of the transparent ferroelectric ceramics, through uniaxial hot-pressing technique, are presented. The physical property characterization, as microstructural, structural, optical, dielectrical, pyroelectric, electro-optical, electrostrictive and ferroelectric are reported for lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT and lanthanum modified lead magnesium niobate - lead titanate (PLMN-PT ceramics. The results revealed a homogeneous microstructure, high densities and absence of second phases for the ceramics of both compositions. Consequently, high optical transmittance was found in the visible and infrared range. The electrical measurements also presented excellent results when compared to those reported in the

  18. Planetary science: Stormy origins of Titan's dunes

    Newman, Claire


    Titan's equatorial dunes seem to move in the opposite direction to the prevailing easterly winds. Infrequent methane storms at Titan's low latitudes may briefly couple surface winds to fast westerlies above, dominating the net movement of sand.

  19. Titan Montgolfiere Terrestrial Test Bed Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — With the Titan Saturn System Mission, NASA is proposing to send a Montgolfiere balloon to probe the atmosphere of Titan. To better plan this mission and create a...

  20. Titan Montgolfiere Terrestrial Test Bed Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — With the Titan Saturn System Mission, NASA is proposing to send a Montgolfiere balloon to probe the atmosphere of Titan. In order to better plan this mission and...

  1. In Vitro Comparison of the Bond Strength between Ceramic Repair Systems and Ceramic Materials and Evaluation of the Wettability.

    Kocaağaoğlu, Hasan; Manav, Taha; Albayrak, Haydar


    When fracture of an all-ceramic restoration occurs, it can be necessary to repair without removing the restoration. Although there are many studies about the repair of metal-ceramic restorations, there are few about all-ceramic restorations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the shear bond strength between ceramic repair systems and esthetic core materials and to evaluate the wettability of all-ceramic core materials. Disk-like specimens (N = 90) made of three dental ceramic infrastructure materials (zirconia ceramic, alumina ceramic, glass ceramic) were polished with silicon carbide paper, prepared for bonding (abrasion with 30 μm diamond rotary cutting instrument). Thirty specimens of each infrastructure were obtained. Each infrastructure group was divided into three subgroups; they were bonded using 3 repair systems: Bisco Intraoral Repair Kit, Cimara & Cimara Zircon Repair System, and Clearfil Repair System. After 1200 thermocycles, shear bond strength was measured in a universal testing machine at a 0.5 mm/min crosshead speed. In addition, the contact angle values of the infrastructures after surface treatments were examined for wettability. Data were analyzed by using ANOVA and Tukey post hoc tests. Although there were no significant differences among the repair systems (p > 0.05) in the glass ceramic and zirconia groups, a significant difference was found among the repair systems in alumina infrastructure (p 0.05); however, a statistically significant difference was found among the repair systems (p < 0.05). No difference was found among the infrastructures and repair systems in terms of contact angle values. Cimara & Cimara Zircon Repair System had higher bond strength values than the other repair systems. Although no difference was found among the infrastructures and repair systems, contact wettability angle was decreased by surface treatments compared with polished surfaces. © 2015 by the American College of Prosthodontists.

  2. Organic chemistry on Titan: Surface interactions

    Thompson, W. Reid; Sagan, Carl


    The interaction of Titan's organic sediments with the surface (solubility in nonpolar fluids) is discussed. How Titan's sediments can be exposed to an aqueous medium for short, but perhaps significant, periods of time is also discussed. Interactions with hydrocarbons and with volcanic magmas are considered. The alteration of Titan's organic sediments over geologic time by the impacts of meteorites and comets is discussed.

  3. Structure of Titan's evaporites

    Cordier, D.; Cornet, T.; Barnes, J. W.; MacKenzie, S. M.; Le Bahers, T.; Nna-Mvondo, D.; Rannou, P.; Ferreira, A. G.


    Numerous geological features that could be evaporitic in origin have been identified on the surface of Titan. Although they seem to be water-ice poor, their main properties - chemical composition, thickness, stratification - are essentially unknown. In this paper, which follows on a previous one focusing on the surface composition (Cordier, D., Barnes, J.W., Ferreira, A.G. [2013b]. Icarus 226(2),1431-1437), we provide some answers to these questions derived from a new model. This model, based on the up-to-date thermodynamic theory known as "PC-SAFT", has been validated with available laboratory measurements and specifically developed for our purpose. 1-D models confirm the possibility of an acetylene and/or butane enriched central layer of evaporitic deposit. The estimated thickness of this acetylene-butane layer could explain the strong RADAR brightness of the evaporites. The 2-D computations indicate an accumulation of poorly soluble species at the deposit's margin. Among these species, HCN or aerosols similar to tholins could play a dominant role. Our model predicts the existence of chemically trimodal "bathtub rings" which is consistent with what it is observed at the south polar lake Ontario Lacus. This work also provides plausible explanations to the lack of evaporites in the south polar region and to the high radar reflectivity of dry lakebeds.

  4. Large Particle Titanate Sorbents

    Taylor-Pashow, K. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    This research project was aimed at developing a synthesis technique for producing large particle size monosodium titanate (MST) to benefit high level waste (HLW) processing at the Savannah River Site (SRS). Two applications were targeted, first increasing the size of the powdered MST used in batch contact processing to improve the filtration performance of the material, and second preparing a form of MST suitable for deployment in a column configuration. Increasing the particle size should lead to improvements in filtration flux, and decreased frequency of filter cleaning leading to improved throughput. Deployment of MST in a column configuration would allow for movement from a batch process to a more continuous process. Modifications to the typical MST synthesis led to an increase in the average particle size. Filtration testing on dead-end filters showed improved filtration rates with the larger particle material; however, no improvement in filtration rate was realized on a crossflow filter. In order to produce materials suitable for column deployment several approaches were examined. First, attempts were made to coat zirconium oxide microspheres (196 µm) with a layer of MST. This proved largely unsuccessful. An alternate approach was then taken synthesizing a porous monolith of MST which could be used as a column. Several parameters were tested, and conditions were found that were able to produce a continuous structure versus an agglomeration of particles. This monolith material showed Sr uptake comparable to that of previously evaluated samples of engineered MST in batch contact testing.

  5. Structure of Titan's evaporites

    Cordier, D; Barnes, J W; MacKenzie, S M; Bahers, T Le; Nna-Mvondo, D; Rannou, P; Ferreira, A G


    Numerous geological features that could be evaporitic in origin have been identified on the surface of Titan. Although they seem to be water-ice poor, their main properties -chemical composition, thickness, stratification- are essentially unknown. In this paper, which follows on a previous one focusing on the surface composition (Cordier et al., 2013), we provide some answers to these questions derived from a new model. This model, based on the up-to-date thermodynamic theory known as "PC-SAFT", has been validated with available laboratory measurements and specifically developed for our purpose. 1-D models confirm the possibility of an acetylene and/or butane enriched central layer of evaporitic deposit. The estimated thickness of this acetylene-butane layer could explain the strong RADAR brightness of the evaporites. The 2-D computations indicate an accumulation of poorly soluble species at the deposit's margin. Among these species, HCN or aerosols similar to tholins could play a dominant role. Our model pre...

  6. [Ceramic posts].

    Mainjot, Amélie; Legros, Caroline; Vanheusden, Alain


    As a result of ceramics and all-ceram technologies development esthetic inlay core and abutments flooded the market. Their tooth-colored appearance enhances restoration biomimetism principally on the marginal gingiva area. This article reviews indications and types of cores designed for natural teeth and implants.

  7. A new equilibrium form of zircon crystal

    WANG; Xiang


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  8. Ceramic Methyltrioxorhenium

    Herrmann, R; Eickerling, G; Helbig, C; Hauf, C; Miller, R; Mayr, F; Krug von Nidda, H A; Scheidt, E W; Scherer, W; Herrmann, Rudolf; Troester, Klaus; Eickerling, Georg; Helbig, Christian; Hauf, Christoph; Miller, Robert; Mayr, Franz; Nidda, Hans-Albrecht Krug von; Scheidt, Ernst-Wilhelm; Scherer, Wolfgang


    The metal oxide polymeric methyltrioxorhenium [(CH3)xReO3] is an unique epresentative of a layered inherent conducting organometallic polymer which adopts the structural motifs of classical perovskites in two dimensions (2D) in form of methyl-deficient, corner-sharing ReO5(CH3) octahedra. In order to improve the characteristics of polymeric methyltrioxorhenium with respect to its physical properties and potential usage as an inherentconducting polymer we tried to optimise the synthetic routes of polymeric modifications of 1 to obtain a sintered ceramic material, denoted ceramic MTO. Ceramic MTO formed in a solvent-free synthesis via auto-polymerisation and subsequent sintering processing displays clearly different mechanical and physical properties from polymeric MTO synthesised in aqueous solution. Ceramic MTO is shown to display activated Re-C and Re=O bonds relative to MTO. These electronic and structural characteristics of ceramic MTO are also reflected by a different chemical reactivity compared with its...

  9. The Effect of Firing Temperatures on Phase Evolution, Microstructure, and Electrical Properties of Ba(Zr0.05Ti0.95O3 Ceramics Prepared via Combustion Technique

    Chittakorn KORNPHOM


    Full Text Available In this work, the effects of calcination temperature (900 ºC – 1200 ºC for 2 h – 6 h and sintering temperature (1350 ºC – 1550 ºC for 2 h on phase evolution, microstructure and electrical properties of barium zirconate titanate Ba(Zr0.05Ti0.95O3 (BZT ceramics fabricated through the combustion technique were investigated. Glycine was used as fuel to reduce the reaction temperature. It was found that a single perovskite phase of BZT powders was observed from the sample calcined at 925 ºC for 6 h, which was lower than the solid state reaction technique ~275 ºC. The purity phase of an orthorhombic structure was observed in all ceramic samples. The average particle size (190 nm – 420 nm and the average grain size (2.9 mm – 41.4 mm increased with increased firing temperatures. The maximum theoretical density of ~96.8 % was obtained from the sample sintered at 1450 ºC for 2 h. The dielectric constant at room temperature (Tr and the dielectric constant at Curie temperature (Tc increased with increased sintering temperatures up to 1450 ºC and decreased thereafter. The dielectric properties corresponded to the obtained densities. The remnant polarization (Pr of the BZT ceramic (using the coercive electric field of 20 kV/cm increased with increasing sintering temperature. DOI:

  10. Charged particles in Titan's ionosphere

    Tripathi, Sachchida


    Charged particles in Titan's ionosphere Marykutty Michael1, Sachchida Nand Tripathi1,2,3, Pratima Arya1 1Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur 2Oak Ridge Associated Universities 3NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Observations by two instruments onboard the Cassini spacecraft, Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) and CAssini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS), revealed the existence of heavy hydrocarbon and nitrile species with masses of several thousand atomic mass units at altitudes of 950 - 1400 km in the atmosphere of Titan (Waite et al., 2007; Crary et al., 2009). Though these particles were believed to be molecules, they are most likely aerosols formed by the clumping of smaller molecules (Waite et al., 2009). These particles were estimated to have a density of 10-3 kg m-3 and a size of up to 256 nm. The existence of very heavy ions has also been observed by the CAPS components with a mass by charge ratio of up to 10000 (Coates et al., 2007, 2009; Sittler et al., 2009). The goal of this paper is to find out whether the so called heavy ions (or charged particles) are generated by the charge transfer of ions and electrons to the particles. The charging of these particles has been studied by using the charge balance equations that include positive ions, negative ions, electrons, neutral and charged particles. Information on the most abundant ion clusters are obtained from Vuitton et al., (2009) and Wilson and Atreya, (2004). Mass by charge ratio thus calculated will be compared with those observed by Coates et al. (2007). References: Coates AJ, et al., Discovery of heavy negative ions in Titan's ionosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34:L22103, 2007. Coates AJ, et al., Heavy negative ions in titan's ionosphere: altitude and latitude dependence. Planet. Space Sci., doi:10.1016/j.pss.2009.05.009, 2009. Crary F.J., et al., Heavy ions, temperatures and winds in titan's ionosphere: Combined cassini caps and inms observations. Planet. Space Sci., doi:10.1016/j.pss.2009.09.006, 2009

  11. Ion cyclotron waves at Titan

    Russell, C. T.; Wei, H. Y.; Cowee, M. M.; Neubauer, F. M.; Dougherty, M. K.


    During the interaction of Titan's thick atmosphere with the ambient plasma, it was expected that ion cyclotron waves would be generated by the free energy of the highly anisotropic velocity distribution of the freshly ionized atmospheric particles created in the interaction. However, ion cyclotron waves are rarely observed near Titan, due to the long growth times of waves associated with the major ion species from Titan's ionosphere, such as CH4+ and N2+. In the over 100 Titan flybys obtained by Cassini to date, there are only two wave events, for just a few minutes during T63 flyby and for tens of minutes during T98 flyby. These waves occur near the gyrofrequencies of proton and singly ionized molecular hydrogen. They are left-handed, elliptically polarized, and propagate nearly parallel to the field lines. Hybrid simulations are performed to understand the wave growth under various conditions in the Titan environment. The simulations using the plasma and field conditions during T63 show that pickup protons with densities ranging from 0.01 cm-3 to 0.02 cm-3 and singly ionized molecular hydrogens with densities ranging from 0.015 cm-3 to 0.25 cm-3 can drive ion cyclotron waves with amplitudes of ~0.02 nT and of ~0.04 nT within appropriate growth times at Titan, respectively. Since the T98 waves were seen farther upstream than the T63 waves, it is possible that the instability was stronger and grew faster on T98 than T63.

  12. Radiation damage in zircon and monazite

    Meldrum, A.; Boatner, L.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Solid state Div.; Weber, W.J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Ewing, R.C. [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences


    Monazite and zircon respond differently to ion irradiation and to thermal and irradiation-enhanced annealing. The damage process (i.e., elastic interactions leading to amorphization) in radioactive minerals (metamictization) is basically the same as for the ion-beam-irradiated samples with the exception of the dose rate which is much lower in the case of natural samples. The crystalline-to-metamict transition in natural samples with different degrees of damage, from almost fully crystalline to completely metamict, is compared to the sequence of microstructures observed for ion-beam-irradiated monazite and zircon. The damage accumulation process, representing the competing effects of radiation-induced structural disorder and subsequent annealing mechanisms (irradiation-enhanced and thermal) occurs at much higher temperatures for zircon than for monazite. The amorphization dose, expressed as displacements per atom, is considerably higher in the natural samples, and the atomic-scale process leading to metamictization appears to develop differently. Ion-beam-induced amorphization data were used to calculate the {alpha}-decay-event dose required for amorphization in terms of a critical radionuclide concentration, i.e., the concentration above which a sample of a given age will become metamict at a specific temperature. This equation was applied to estimate the reliability of U-Pb ages, to provide a qualitative estimate of the thermal history of high-U natural zircons, and to predict whether actinide-bearing zircon or monazite nuclear waste forms will become amorphous (metamict) over long timescales.

  13. Jurassic zircons from the Southwest Indian Ridge

    Cheng, Hao; Zhou, Huaiyang; Yang, Qunhui; Zhang, Lingmin; Ji, Fuwu; Dick, Henry


    The existence of ancient rocks in present mid-ocean ridges have long been observed but received less attention. Here we report the discovery of zircons with both reasonably young ages of about 5 Ma and abnormally old ages of approximate 180 Ma from two evolved gabbroic rocks that were dredged from the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) in the Gallieni fracture zone. U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotope analyses of zircons were made using ion probe and conventional laser abrasion directly in petrographic thin sections. Young zircons and their host oxide gabbro have positive Hf isotope compositions (ɛHf = +15.7-+12.4), suggesting a highly depleted mantle beneath the SWIR. The spread ɛHf values (from-2.3 to-4.5) of abnormally old zircons, together with the unradiogenic Nd-Hf isotope of the host quartz diorite, appears to suggest an ancient juvenile magmatism along the rifting margin of the southern Gondwana prior to the opening of the Indian Ocean. A convincing explanation for the origin of the unusually old zircons is yet to surface, however, an update of the theory of plate tectonics would be expected with continuing discovery of ancient rocks in the mid-oceanic ridges and abyssal ocean basins.

  14. Jurassic zircons from the Southwest Indian Ridge.

    Cheng, Hao; Zhou, Huaiyang; Yang, Qunhui; Zhang, Lingmin; Ji, Fuwu; Dick, Henry


    The existence of ancient rocks in present mid-ocean ridges have long been observed but received less attention. Here we report the discovery of zircons with both reasonably young ages of about 5 Ma and abnormally old ages of approximate 180 Ma from two evolved gabbroic rocks that were dredged from the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) in the Gallieni fracture zone. U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotope analyses of zircons were made using ion probe and conventional laser abrasion directly in petrographic thin sections. Young zircons and their host oxide gabbro have positive Hf isotope compositions (εHf = +15.7-+12.4), suggesting a highly depleted mantle beneath the SWIR. The spread εHf values (from-2.3 to-4.5) of abnormally old zircons, together with the unradiogenic Nd-Hf isotope of the host quartz diorite, appears to suggest an ancient juvenile magmatism along the rifting margin of the southern Gondwana prior to the opening of the Indian Ocean. A convincing explanation for the origin of the unusually old zircons is yet to surface, however, an update of the theory of plate tectonics would be expected with continuing discovery of ancient rocks in the mid-oceanic ridges and abyssal ocean basins.

  15. Liquid-Phase Processing of Barium Titanate Thin Films

    Harris, David Thomas

    Processing of thin films introduces strict limits on the thermal budget due to substrate stability and thermal expansion mismatch stresses. Barium titanate serves as a model system for the difficulty in producing high quality thin films because of sensitivity to stress, scale, and crystal quality. Thermal budget restriction leads to reduced crystal quality, density, and grain growth, depressing ferroelectric and nonlinear dielectric properties. Processing of barium titanate is typically performed at temperatures hundreds of degrees above compatibility with metalized substrates. In particular integration with silicon and other low thermal expansion substrates is desirable for reductions in costs and wider availability of technologies. In bulk metal and ceramic systems, sintering behavior has been encouraged by the addition of a liquid forming second phase, improving kinetics and promoting densification and grain growth at lower temperatures. This approach is also widespread in the multilayer ceramic capacitor industry. However only limited exploration of flux processing with refractory thin films has been performed despite offering improved dielectric properties for barium titanate films at lower temperatures. This dissertation explores physical vapor deposition of barium titanate thin films with addition of liquid forming fluxes. Flux systems studied include BaO-B2O3, Bi2O3-BaB2O 4, BaO-V2O5, CuO-BaO-B2O3, and BaO-B2O3 modified by Al, Si, V, and Li. Additions of BaO-B2O3 leads to densification and an increase in average grain size from 50 nm to over 300 nm after annealing at 900 °C. The ability to tune permittivity of the material improved from 20% to 70%. Development of high quality films enables engineering of ferroelectric phase stability using residual thermal expansion mismatch in polycrystalline films. The observed shifts to TC match thermodynamic calculations, expected strain from the thermal expansion coefficients, as well as x-ray diffract measurements

  16. Tunable ferroelectric meta-material phase shifter embedded inside low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC)

    Tork, Hossam S.

    This dissertation describes electrically tunable microwave devices utilizing low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) and thick film via filled with the ferroelectric materials barium strontium titanate (BST) and barium zirconate titanate (BZT). Tunable ferroelectric capacitors, zero meta-material phase shifters, and tunable meta-material phase shifters are presented. Microwave phase shifters have many applications in microwave devices. They are essential components for active and passive phased array antennas and their most common use is in scanning phased array antennas. They are used in synthetic aperture radars (SAR), low earth orbit (LEO) communication satellites, collision warning radars, and intelligent vehicle highway systems (IVHS), in addition to various other applications. Tunable ferroelectric materials have been investigated, since they offer the possibility of lowering the total cost of phased arrays. Two of the most promising ferroelectric materials in microwave applications are BST and BZT. The proposed design and implementation in this research introduce new types of tunable meta-material phase shifters embedded inside LTCC, which use BST and BZT as capacitive tunable dielectric material controlled by changing the applied voltage. This phase shifter has the advantages of meta-material structures, which produce little phase error and compensation while having the simultaneous advantage of using LTCC technology for embedding passive components that improve signal integrity (several signal lines, power planes, and ground planes) by using different processes like via filling, screen printing, laminating and firing that can be produced in compact sizes at a low cost. The via filling technique was used to build tunable BST, BZT ferroelectric material capacitors to control phase shift. Finally, The use of the proposed ferroelectric meta-material phase shifter improves phase shifter performance by reducing insertion loss in both transmitting and receiving

  17. Crystalline ceramics: Waste forms for the disposal of weapons plutonium

    Ewing, R.C.; Lutze, W. [New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Weber, W.J. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)


    At present, there are three seriously considered options for the disposition of excess weapons plutonium: (i) incorporation, partial burn-up and direct disposal of MOX-fuel; (ii) vitrification with defense waste and disposal as glass ``logs``; (iii) deep borehole disposal (National Academy of Sciences Report, 1994). The first two options provide a safeguard due to the high activity of fission products in the irradiated fuel and the defense waste. The latter option has only been examined in a preliminary manner, and the exact form of the plutonium has not been identified. In this paper, we review the potential for the immobilization of plutonium in highly durable crystalline ceramics apatite, pyrochlore, monazite and zircon. Based on available data, we propose zircon as the preferred crystalline ceramic for the permanent disposition of excess weapons plutonium.

  18. Extinct 244Pu in Ancient Zircons

    Turner, Grenville; Harrison, T. Mark; Holland, Greg; Mojzsis, Stephen J.; Gilmour, Jamie


    We have found evidence, in the form of fissiogenic xenon isotopes, for in situ decay of 244Pu in individual 4.1- to 4.2-billion-year-old zircons from the Jack Hills region of Western Australia. Because of its short half-life, 82 million years, 244Pu was extinct within 600 million years of Earth's formation. Detrital zircons are the only known relics to have survived from this period, and a study of their Pu geochemistry will allow us to date ancient metamorphic events and determine the terrestrial Pu/U ratio for comparison with the solar ratio.

  19. Organic chemistry in Titan's atmosphere

    Scattergood, T.


    Laboratory photochemical simulations and other types of chemical simulations are discussed. The chemistry of methane, which is the major known constituent of Titan's atmosphere was examined with stress on what can be learned from photochemistry and particle irradiation. The composition of dust that comprises the haze layer was determined. Isotope fractionation in planetary atmospheres is also discussed.

  20. Possible temperate lakes on Titan

    Vixie, Graham; Barnes, Jason W.; Jackson, Brian; Rodriguez, Sébastien; Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Sotin, Christophe; MacKenzie, Shannon; Wilson, Paul


    We analyze southern mid-latitude albedo-dark features on Titan observed by Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). In exploring the nature of these features we consider their morphology, albedo, and specular reflectivity. We suggest that they represent candidates for potential temperate lakes. The presence of lakes at the mid-latitudes would indicate that surface liquid can accumulate and remain stable away from Titan's poles. Candidate lakes were identified by looking for possible shorelines with lacustrine morphology. Then, we applied an atmospheric correction that empirically solved for their surface albedo. Finally, we looked for a specular reflection of the sky in the identified candidates. Using this prescription, we find two candidates that remain as potential temperature lakes. If candidate features do represent temperate lakes on Titan, they have implications for formation mechanisms such as clouds and rainfall or, in low elevation areas, percolation and subsurface flow. Clouds were observed near candidate lake locations on the T66 flyby and this latitude band showed many clouds during southern summer. Our techniques can be applied to areas of Titan that lack RADAR coverage to search for mid- and low-latitude lakes in the future.

  1. Titan Aeromony and Climate Workshop

    Bézard, Bruno; Lavvas, Panayotis; Rannou, Pascal; Sotin, Christophe; Strobel, Darrell; West, Robert A.; Yelle, Roger


    The observations of the Cassini spacecraft since 2004 revealed that Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, has an active climate cycle with a cloud cover related to the large scale atmospheric circulation, lakes of methane and hyrdrocarbons with variable depth, a dried fluvial system witnessing a past wetter climate, dunes, and deep changes in the weather and atmospheric structure as Titan went through the North Spring equinox. Moreover, the upper atmosphere is now considered the cradle of complex chemistry leading to aerosol formation, as well as the manifestation place of atmospheric waves. However, as the Cassini mission comes to its end, many fundamental questions remain unresolved... The objective of the workshop is to bring together international experts from different fields of Titan's research in order to have an overview of the current understanding, and to determine the remaining salient scientific issues and the actions that could be implemented to address them. PhD students and post-doc researchers are welcomed to present their studies. This conference aims to be a brainstorming event leaving abundant time for discussion during oral and poster presentations. Main Topics: - Atmospheric seasonal cycles and coupling with dynamics. - Composition and photochemistry of the atmosphere. - Formation and evolution of aerosols and their role in the atmosphere. - Spectroscopy, optical properties, and radiative transfer modeling of the atmosphere. - Surface composition, liquid reservoirs and interaction with atmosphere. - Evolution of the atmosphere. - Titan after Cassini, open questions and the path forward.

  2. Engineering ceramics

    Bengisu, Murat


    This is a comprehensive book applying especially to junior and senior engineering students pursuing Materials Science/ Engineering, Ceramic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering degrees. It is also a reference book for other disciplines such as Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Important properties of most engineering ceramics are given in detailed tables. Many current and possible applications of engineering ceramics are described, which can be used as a guide for materials selection and for potential future research. While covering all relevant information regarding raw materials, processing properties, characterization and applications of engineering ceramics, the book also summarizes most recent innovations and developments in this field as a result of extensive literature search.

  3. Natural radioactivity in imported ceramic tiles used in Serbia

    Marija M. Janković


    Full Text Available Ceramic tiles are one of the commonly used decorative building materials. Body of ceramic tiles is a mixture of different raw materials including clays, quartz materials and feldspat, and may be glazed or left unglazed. Due to the presence of zircon in the glaze, ceramic tiles can show natural radioactivity concentration significantly higher than the average values for building materials. This study presents a summary of results obtained by a survey which was consisted of measurements of activity concentrations of natural radionuclides in imported ceramic tile samples used in Serbia using a gamma spectrometer with HPGe detector. Based on the obtained concentrations, gamma index, radium equivalent activity, the indoor absorbed dose rate and the corresponding annual effective dose were evaluated to assess the potential radiological hazard associated with these building materials.

  4. Application of Actuator of Lead Zirconate Titanate Piezoelectric Ceramics in Aerospace Adaptive Truss Structure%锆钛酸铅压电陶瓷主动元件在航天自适应桁架结构中的应用

    段勇; 何麟书



  5. Structural Ceramics Database

    SRD 30 NIST Structural Ceramics Database (Web, free access)   The NIST Structural Ceramics Database (WebSCD) provides evaluated materials property data for a wide range of advanced ceramics known variously as structural ceramics, engineering ceramics, and fine ceramics.

  6. 77 FR 59690 - Titan Resources International, Corp.; Order of Suspension of Trading


    ... COMMISSION Titan Resources International, Corp.; Order of Suspension of Trading September 26, 2012. It... concerning the securities of Titan Resources International, Corp. (``Titan''). Titan is a Wyoming corporation... releases and other public statements concerning Titan's business operations and financial condition....

  7. Polarization recovery in lead zirconate titanate thin films deposited on nanosheets-buffered Si (001

    Anuj Chopra


    Full Text Available Fatigue behavior of Pb(Zr,TiO3 (PZT films is one of the deterrent factors that limits the use of these films in technological applications. Thus, understanding and minimization of the fatigue behavior is highly beneficial for fabricating reliable devices using PZT films. We have investigated the fatigue behavior of preferentially oriented PZT films deposited on nanosheets-buffered Si substrates using LaNiO3 bottom and top electrodes. The films show fatigue of up to 10% at 100 kHz, whereas no fatigue has been observed at 1 MHz. This frequency dependence of the fatigue behavior is found to be in accordance with Dawber–Scott fatigue model that explains the origin of the fatigue as migration of oxygen vacancies. Interestingly, a partial recovery of remnant polarization up to ∼97% of the maximum value is observed after 4×109 cycles which can be further extended to full recovery by increasing the applied electric field. This full recovery is qualitatively explained using kinetic approach as a manifestation of depinning of domains walls. The understanding of the fatigue behavior and polarization recovery that is explained in this paper can be highly useful in developing more reliable PZT devices.

  8. BaPbO3 perovskite electrode for lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric thin films

    Luo, Yih-Rong; Wu, Jenn-Ming


    BaPbO3 (BPO) films were prepared by rf-magnetron sputtering at temperatures as low as 350 °C. These films possessed low electrical resistivity of 1.4×10-3 Ω cm, which is appropriate for electrodes. The BPO electrode has an advantage over a Pt electrode in that it lowers the crystallization temperature of Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 (PZT) films from 600 to 550 °C. The coercive fields of the PZT films deposited on a BPO/Pt electrode are significantly lower than those deposited on the Pt electrode, but the remanent polarization remained essentially unchanged. The BPO electrode also improved the fatigue resistance and decreased the leakage current of the PZT films deposited.

  9. Defect enhanced optic and electro-optic properties of lead zirconate titanate thin films

    M. M. Zhu


    Full Text Available Pb(Zr1-xTixO3 (PZT thin films near phase morphotropic phase boundary were deposited on (Pb0.86La0.14TiO3-coated glass by radio frequency sputtering. A retrieved analysis shows that the lattice parameters of the as-grown PZT thin films were similar to that of monoclinic PZT structure. Moreover, the PZT thin films possessed refractive index as high as 2.504 in TE model and 2.431 in TM model. The as-grown PZT thin film had one strong absorption peak at 632.6 nm, which attributed to lead deficiency by quantitative XPS analysis. From the attractive properties achieved, electro-optic and photovoltaic characteristic of the films were carried out.

  10. Domain pinning near a single-grain boundary in tetragonal and rhombohedral lead zirconate titanate films

    Marincel, D. M.; Zhang, H. R.; Britson, J.; Belianinov, A.; Jesse, S.; Kalinin, S. V.; Chen, L. Q.; Rainforth, W. M.; Reaney, I. M.; Randall, C. A.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.


    The interaction of grain boundaries with ferroelectric domain walls strongly influences the extrinsic contribution to piezoelectric activity in Pb Zr1 -x,TixO3 (PZT), ubiquitous in modern transducers and actuators. However, the fundamental understanding of these phenomena has been limited by complex mechanisms originating from the interplay of atomic-level domain wall pinning, collective domain wall dynamics, and emergent mesoscopic behavior. This contribution utilizes engineered grain boundaries created by depositing epitaxial PZT films with various Zr:Ti ratios onto 24° tilt SrTi O3 bicrystals. The nonlinear piezoelectric response and surface domain structure across the boundary are investigated using piezoresponse force microscopy while the cross-sectional domain structure is studied using transmission electron microscopy. The grain boundary reduces domain wall motion over a width of 800 ±70 nm for PZT 45:55 and 450 ±30 nm for PZT 52:48. Phase field modeling provides an understanding of the elastic and electric fields associated with the grain boundary and local domain configurations. This study demonstrates that complex mesoscopic behaviors can be explored to complement atomic-level pictures of the material system.

  11. Phase field simulation of domain switching dynamics in multiaxial lead zirconate titanate thin films

    Britson, Jason

    The defining characteristic of ferroelectric materials is their ability to be switched between energetically equivalent polarization states. This behavior has led to an interest in ferroelectrics for a wide range of bulk and thin film applications such as mechanical actuators and ferroelectric random access memory devices. Ferroelectric switching depends on domain wall motion, however, and is critically influenced by the existence of defects such as dislocations and preexisting domains. Domain wall motion in thin film applications can be controlled by individual local defects due to the reduced length scale of the system. This dissertation describes the impact of preexisting ferroelastic domains and misfits dislocations in coherent (001)-oriented Pb(Zr0.2,Ti0.8)O3 (PZT) thin films on the switching response and domain structure. A phase field model based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory that accounts for the electrostatic and mechanical interactions is used to describe domain structures in ferroelectric PZT thin films. To solve the governing equations a semi-implicit Fourier-Spectral scheme is developed that accommodates boundary conditions appropriate to the thin film geometry. Errors are reduced in the solutions at the film edges through extensions to the model developed to correct the Fourier transform around stationary discontinuities at the thin film edges. This correction is shown to result in increased accuracy of the phase field model needed to appropriately describe dynamic switching responses in the thin film. Investigation of switching around preexisting ferroelastic domains showed these defects are strong obstacles to switching in PZT thin films. Directly above the ferroelastic domain the magnitude of the required nucleation bias underneath a tip-like electrode was found to be elevated compared to the required bias far from the domain. Locally both the piezoelectric and dielectric responses of the thin film were found to be suppressed, which is in agreement with previously reported experimental results. Modeling results also showed that built in electric fields and long range strains around the ferroelastic domains were responsible for the observed property changes. During switching embedded ferroelastic domains were shown to arrest 180° ferroelectric switching by forming partially stabilized charged 90° domain walls in which the local bound charge was accommodated by substantial broadening of the domain wall. This led to the charged interface remaining stable over a modest range of applied biases and necessitated a larger switching bias than required far from the ferroelastic domain. This result may explain previously observed experimental difficulty poling PZT thin films around ferroelastic domain structures. Ferroelastic domains were then modeled around misfit dislocations in coherent thin films to better quantify interactions between two common types of elastic defects. Isolated misfit dislocations relieving compressive strain in the thin film were found to locally stabilize ferroelastic domains due to the creation of in-plane tensile stresses around the dislocations. Ferroelastic domains in thinner films extended completely to the free surface of the thin film, while in films with larger thicknesses only small, wedge-shaped domains were observed. The transition between the two domain structures with film thickness is shown to be well reproduced with transmission electron microscopy results. Calculations of the total free energy and its derivatives in the system show the transition has the characteristics of a first order transition at the critical thickness. These results show how dislocations may stabilize the wide range of observed domain structures based on the local stress environment around the dislocation. Dynamic responses of ferroelastic domains around dislocations were found to be reduced through elastic interactions. Inclusions of dislocations near the substrate interface reduced both the real part of the dielectric response and the loss tangent, indicating misfit dislocations are strong pinning centers in thin films. A method to separate the domain wall and lattice contributions to the total response is proposed and used to show that the reduction in response is due to decreases in the domain wall mobility around the dislocations caused by the local nonuniform stress state. This provides insight into the causes of reduced responses in ferroelectric thin films that is then used to demonstrate a film geometry that maximizes the local dielectric response in the system. This work provides insight into switching in ferroelectric thin films around specific common elastic defects and provides a basis for investigating the impact of other classes of defects that are difficult to isolate and study experimentally. For instance, point defects such as oxygen vacancies around moving domain walls could be more easily studied with phase field models. Further, phase field modeling creates a method to quantitatively rank the impact of various defect types on ferroelectric switching. By studying common defects, efforts to produce high quality devices by minimizing defect concentration can be focused on eliminating the most critical defects.

  12. A kinetic model of zircon thermoluminescence

    Turkin, A.A.; Es, H.J. van; Vainshtein, D.I.; Hartog, H.W. den

    A kinetic model of zircon thermoluminescence (TL) has been constructed to simulate the processes and stages relevant to thermoluminescent dating such as: filling of electron and hole traps during the excitation stage both for natural and laboratory irradiation; the time dependence of fading after

  13. Radiation stability test on multiphase glass ceramic and crystalline ceramic waste forms

    Tang, Ming; Kossoy, Anna; Jarvinen, Gordon; Crum, Jarrod; Turo, Laura; Riley, Brian; Brinkman, Kyle; Fox, Kevin; Amoroso, Jake; Marra, James


    A radiation stability study was performed on glass ceramic and crystalline ceramic waste forms. These materials are candidate host materials for immobilizing alkali/alkaline earth (Cs/Sr-CS) + lanthanide (LN) + transition metal (TM) fission product waste streams from nuclear fuel reprocessing. In this study, glass ceramics were fabricated using a borosilicate glass as a matrix in which to incorporate CS/LN/TM combined waste streams. The major phases in these multiphase materials are powellite, oxyaptite, pollucite, celsian, and durable residual glass phases. Al2O3 and TiO2 were combined with these waste components to produce multiphase crystalline ceramics containing hollandite-type phases, perovskites, pyrochlores and other minor metal titanate phases. For the radiation stability test, selected glass ceramic and crystalline ceramic samples were exposed to different irradiation environments including low fluxes of high-energy (∼1-5 MeV) protons and alpha particles generated by an ion accelerator, high fluxes of low-energy (hundreds of keV) krypton particles generated by an ion implanter, and in-situ electron irradiations in a transmission electron microscope. These irradiation experiments were performed to simulate self-radiation effects in a waste form. Ion irradiation-induced microstructural modifications were examined using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Our preliminary results reveal different radiation tolerance in different crystalline phases under various radiation damage environments. However, their stability may be rate dependent which may limit the waste loading that can be achieved.

  14. Synthesis, characterization and electric evaluation of barium zirconate doped with trivalent lanthanides; Sintesis, caracterizacion y evaluacion electrica de circonatos de bario dopados con lantanidos trivalentes

    Gerena, O. A.; Carda, J. B.; Beltran, H.; Cordoncillo, E.; Valencia, J. S.


    Barium zirconate is an oxidic material having perovskite structure that exhibits high chemical stability in both oxidizing and reducing environments, such as in the presence of water and carbon dioxide, its conductivity has led to consider it as a electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cell finding good results, with the limitation of operating at temperatures above 800 degree centigrade. Several researchers have proposed that it is possible to improve their electrical conductivity by changes in chemical composition, particularly for doping with trivalent cations that replace the zirconium in B site of perovskite. In this study, barium zirconate was synthesized by the amorphous citrate method to examine the possibility of obtaining in more favorable conditions than those made by the conventional method of synthesis (ceramic method or solid state reaction) conditions are synthesized. Barium zirconate doped with europium, gadolinium, holmium, lanthanum, neodymium and praseodymium was prepared, the present phase identified cation was verified by X-ray diffraction (XRD), the electrical properties were examined by impedance spectroscopy (IS) at temperatures between 480 and 680 degree centigrade in order to evaluate its potential use as a fuel cell electrolyte in solid oxide. The contributions of this research has focused on the synthesis method, in the production of ceramic powders of barium zirconate at temperatures lower than those required by the ceramic method, in obtaining chemical, structural, morphological and electrical information of material synthesized. The desired phase synthesis conditions set found, also, a significant increase is seen in the solid conductivity of doped lanthanum, holmium and europium zirconate of barium in relation to the material without doping. (Author)

  15. Sources of Pressure in Titan's Plasma Environment

    Achilleos, N; Bertucci, C; Guio, P; Romanelli, N; Sergis, N


    In order to analyze varying plasma conditions upstream of Titan, we have combined a physical model of Saturn's plasmadisk with a geometrical model of the oscillating current sheet. During modeled oscillation phases where Titan is furthest from the current sheet, the main sources of plasma pressure in the near-Titan space are the magnetic pressure and, for disturbed conditions, the hot plasma pressure. When Titan is at the center of the sheet, the main source is the dynamic pressure associated with Saturn's cold, subcorotating plasma. Total pressure at Titan (dynamic plus thermal plus magnetic) typically increases by a factor of five as the current sheet center is approached. The predicted incident plasma flow direction deviates from the orbital plane of Titan by < 10 deg. These results suggest a correlation between the location of magnetic pressure maxima and the oscillation phase of the plasmasheet.

  16. Obtaining and electrical characterization of silicone/barium titanate composite for variable capacitor applications; Obtencao e caracterizacao eletrica de composito silicone/titanato de bario para aplicacoes em capacitor variavel

    Vieira, D.A.; Souza, P.S.S.; Souza, C.P., E-mail: [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil). Centro de Energias Alternativas e Renovaveis. Departamento de Engenharia Eletrica; Menezes, P.C.F. [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), Campina Grande, PB (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais


    Silicone/barium titanate composites are excellent candidates for applications in the production of electronics components. In this work, silicone/barium titanate composite was obtained for the production of capacitors with variable dielectric distance. The mixture of composite (20% of barium titanate) was performed in a mixer with stem type propellers, at room temperature for 20 minutes. The cure was held in vacuum kiln. After obtaining the composite, was mounted a parallel plate capacitor, using composite as dielectric. The composite obtained was subjected to x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and capacitive electrical test. The DRX confirms the presence of ceramic charge in composite with the presence of broad peaks of barium titanate and micrographs show the barium titanate particles dispersed in polymer matrix. The capacitance of the sample was approximately 28,7pF. (author)

  17. Moisture in multilayer ceramic capacitors

    Donahoe, Daniel Noel

    When both precious metal electrode and base metal electrode (BME) capacitors were subjected to autoclave (120°C/100% RH) testing, it was found that the precious metal capacitors aged according to a well known aging mechanism (less than 3% from their starting values), but the BME capacitors degraded to below the -30% criterion at 500 hours of exposure. The reasons for this new failure mechanism are complex, and there were two theories that were hypothesized. The first was that there could be oxidation or corrosion of the nickel plates. The other hypothesis was that the loss of capacitance was due to molecular changes in the barium titanate. This thesis presents the evaluation of these hypotheses and the physics of the degradation mechanism. It is concluded by proof by elimination that there are molecular changes in the barium titanate. Furthermore, the continuous reduction in capacitor size makes the newer base metal electrode capacitors more vulnerable to moisture degradation than the older generation precious metal capacitors. In addition, standard humidity life testing, such as JESD-22 THB and HAST, will likely not uncover this problem. Therefore, poor reliability due to degradation of base metal electrode multilayer ceramic capacitors may catch manufacturers and consumers by surprise.

  18. Titan Montgolfiere Buoyancy Modulation System Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Titan is ideally suited for balloon exploration due to its low gravity and dense atmosphere. Current NASA mission architectures baseline Montgolfiere balloon...

  19. Nitrogen fractionation in Titan's aerosols

    Carrasco, Nathalie; Kuga, Maia; Marty, Bernard; Fleury, Benjamin; Marrocchi, Yves


    A strong nitrogen fractionation is found by Cassini in Titan's atmosphere with the detection of 15N-rich HCN relative to N2. Photodissociation of N2 associated or not to self-shielding might involve 15N-rich radicals prone to incorporation into forming organics. However the isotopic composition is only available for very simple gaseous N-bearing compounds, and the propagation and conservation of such a large N-isotopic fractionation upon polymerization is actually out of reach with the instruments onboard Cassini. We will therefore present a first laboratory investigation of the possible enrichment in the solid organic aerosols. We will also discuss the space instrumention required in the future to answer this pending issue on Titan.

  20. JPRS Report, Science & Technology, Japan, Fine Ceramics Industry Basic Issues Forum


    substrate material, and phosphates for use as bioceramic materials; and such structural materials as zirconia, silicon 26 carbide, and silicon nitride. R&D...communications equipment, and for bioceramics materials in the medical equipment field. And while R&D has yet to get underway, it is hoped that fine ceramics...Lion Corporation Bioceramic dental crowns Ishihara Pharmaceuticals Aluminum titanate machinable

  1. Titan from Cassini-Huygens

    Brown, Robert H; Waite, J. Hunter


    This book reviews our current knowledge of Saturn's largest moon Titan featuring the latest results obtained by the Cassini-Huygens mission. A global author team addresses Titan’s origin and evolution, internal structure, surface geology, the atmosphere and ionosphere as well as magnetospheric interactions. The book closes with an outlook beyond the Cassini-Huygens mission. Colorfully illustrated, this book will serve as a reference to researchers as well as an introduction for students.

  2. Order-disorder correlation on local structure and photo-electrical properties of La3+ ion modified BZT ceramics

    Ghosh, S. K.; Ganguly, M.; Rout, S. K.; Sinha, T. P.


    Rare earth lanthanum (La) doped barium zirconate titanate, Ba1 - x La2 x/3Zr0.3Ti0.7O3 (BLZT) ceramics, with x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08 and 0.10 were prepared using solid state reaction route. Structural characterizations of the materials were done by using X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The Rietveld refinement technique employed to investigate the details of the crystal structure revealed a single phase cubic perovskite structure for all the compositions, belonging to the space group Pm-3m. Raman spectroscopy was used to probe the order-disorder correlation in local symmetry and it was verified that the presence of disorder in cubic structure is increased due to La3+ ion substitution at A-site. In addition, the signature of relaxor behavior and diffuse types of phase transition can be detected by monitoring the relative intensity of Raman features. Room temperature photo-electronic properties were investigated by using ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Heterovalent doping (La3+) is accompanied by creation of ionic defects to maintain the charge neutrality; as a result the intermediate energy levels are formed within the band gap. These intermediate energy levels play a significant role in electronic band transitions in higher La concentration, x ≥ 0.08; enhancing the self-trapping mechanism leads to slightly decreasing in band gap values and shifting the PL emission spectra towards violet-blue regions. The temperature dependence of the dielectric constant was investigated and relaxor type of phase transition was observed in the material. The degree of relaxor behavior was enhanced with increase in La3+ ion concentration.

  3. The Crystal Structure of Lanthanide Zirconates

    Clements, Richard; Kennedy, Brendan; Ling, Christopher; Stampfl, Anton P. J.


    The lanthanide zirconates of composition Ln2Zr2O7 (Ln = La-Gd) are of interest for use in inert matrix fuels and nuclear wasteforms. The series undergoes a pyrochlore to fluorite phase transition as a function of the Ln atomic radii. The phase transition has been attributed to disordering of both the cation and the anion [1]. We have undertaken a synthesis of the lanthanide zirconate series Ln2Zr2O7 (Ln = La-Gd), Ln0.2Zr0.8O1.9 (Ln = Tb-Yb) and NdxHo2-xZr2O7 (0ANSTO's new high resolution powder diffractometer Echidna, in order to obtain accurate data on atomic displacement parameters and O 48f position across the series. These results will be presented, along with details of the analysis and synthetic techniques used.

  4. The crystallization age of eucrite zircon.

    Srinivasan, G; Whitehouse, M J; Weber, I; Yamaguchi, A


    Eucrites are a group of meteorites that represent the first planetary igneous activity following metal-silicate differentiation on an early planetesimal, similar to Asteroid 4 Vesta, and, thus, help date geophysical processes occurring on such bodies in the early solar system. Using the short-lived radionuclide (182)Hf as a relative chronometer, we demonstrate that eucrite zircon crystallized quickly within 6.8 million years of metal-silicate differentiation. This implies that mantle differentiation on the eucrite parent body occurred during a period when internal heat from the decay of (26)Al and (60)Fe was still available. Later metamorphism of eucrites took place at least 8.9 million years after the zircons crystallized and was likely caused by heating from impacts, or by burial under hot material excavated by impacts, rather than from lava flows. Thus, the timing of eucrite formation and of mantle differentiation is constrained.

  5. Ceramic Seal.

    Smartt, Heidi A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Romero, Juan A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Custer, Joyce Olsen [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hymel, Ross W. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Krementz, Dan [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Gobin, Derek [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Harpring, Larry [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Martinez-Rodriguez, Michael [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Varble, Don [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); DiMaio, Jeff [Tetramer Technologies, Pendleton, SC (United States); Hudson, Stephen [Tetramer Technologies, Pendleton, SC (United States)


    Containment/Surveillance (C/S) measures are critical to any verification regime in order to maintain Continuity of Knowledge (CoK). The Ceramic Seal project is research into the next generation technologies to advance C/S, in particular improving security and efficiency. The Ceramic Seal is a small form factor loop seal with improved tamper-indication including a frangible seal body, tamper planes, external coatings, and electronic monitoring of the seal body integrity. It improves efficiency through a self-securing wire and in-situ verification with a handheld reader. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), under sponsorship from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D), have previously designed and have now fabricated and tested Ceramic Seals. Tests have occurred at both SNL and SRNL, with different types of tests occurring at each facility. This interim report will describe the Ceramic Seal prototype, the design and development of a handheld standalone reader and an interface to a data acquisition system, fabrication of the seals, and results of initial testing.

  6. Preparation of Parium Titanates With Different Particle Size Distribution Using Modified Pechini Method

    Ahmed Jaafer Abed AL-Jabar


    Full Text Available Barium titanates is one of the most important ceramics that are widely used in the electronic industry because of its high dielectric constant, its ferroelectricity, and its piezoelectric properties. In the current study, five different batches of barium titanate powders were prepared by modifiedpechini method using the barium chloride and the titanium chloride as a starting materials in order to obtain different particle size distributions.SEM, TGA, DTA, XRD, FTIR, and other techniques have been used to characterize the prepared samples.XRD results suggested that the synthesized BaTiO3has a tetragonal phase.SEM images of the prepared samples reveala polyhedron shapes, on average, also it show that there are markedinfluence of the reactant concentration on the average size of the grains,where the samples prepared from higher solution concentration tend to possess larger grain size compared to that prepared from low concentration.

  7. Analysis of isothermal sintering of zinc-titanate doped with MgO

    Obradović N.


    Full Text Available The aim of this work was analysis of isothermal sintering of zinc titanate ceramics doped with MgO obtained by mechanical activation. Mixtures of ZnO, TiO2 and MgO (0, 1.25 and 2.5% were mechanically activated 15 minutes in a planetary ball mill. The powders obtained were pressed under different pressures and the results were fitted with a phenomenological compacting equation. Isothermal sintering was performed in air for 120 minutes at four different temperatures. Structural characterization of ZnO-TiO2-MgO system after milling was performed at room temperature using XRPD measurements. DTA measurements showed different activation energies for pure and doped ZnO-TiO2 systems. Thus addition of MgO stabilizes the crystal structure of zinc titanate.

  8. Formation and corrosion of a 410 SS/ceramic composite

    Chen, X.; Ebert, W. L.; Indacochea, J. E.


    This study addressed the possible use of alloy/ceramic composite waste forms to immobilize metallic and oxide waste streams generated during the electrochemical reprocessing of spent reactor fuel using a single waste form. A representative composite material was made to evaluate the microstructure and corrosion behavior at alloy/ceramic interfaces by reacting 410 stainless steel with Zr, Mo, and a mixture of lanthanide oxides. Essentially all of the available Zr reacted with lanthanide oxides to generate lanthanide zirconates, which combined with the unreacted lanthanide oxides to form a porous ceramic network that filled with alloy to produce a composite puck. Alloy present in excess of the pore volume of the ceramic generated a metal bead on top of the puck. The alloys in the composite and forming the bead were both mixtures of martensite grains and ferrite grains bearing carbide precipitates; FeCrMo intermetallic phases also precipitated at ferrite grain boundaries within the composite puck. Micrometer-thick regions of ferrite surrounding the carbides were sensitized and corroded preferentially in electrochemical tests. The lanthanide oxides dissolved chemically, but the lanthanide zirconates did not dissolve and are suitable host phases. The presence of oxide phases did not affect corrosion of the neighboring alloy phases.

  9. Formation and corrosion of a 410 SS/ceramic composite

    Chen, X.; Ebert, W. L.; Indacochea, J. E.


    This study evaluates the possible use of alloy/ceramic composite waste forms to immobilize metallic and oxide waste streams generated during the electrochemical reprocessing of spent reactor fuel in a single waste form. A representative composite material AOC410 was made to evaluate the microstructure and corrosion behavior at alloy/ceramic interfaces by reacting 410 stainless steel with Zr, Mo, and a mixture of lanthanide oxides. Essentially all of the Zr reacted with lanthanide oxides to form lanthanide zirconate, which combined with the remaining lanthanide oxides to form a porous ceramic network encapsulated by alloy as a composite puck. Excess alloy formed a metal bead on top of the composite. The alloys in the composite and bead were both mixture of martensite grains and ferrite grains with carbide precipitates. FeCrMo intermetallic phases also precipitated in the ferrite grains in the composite part. Ferrite surrounding carbides was sensitized and the least corrosion resistant in electrochemical corrosion tests conducted in an acidic brine electrolyte; ferrite neighboring martensite grains and intermetallics corroded galvanically. The lanthanide oxide domains dissolved chemically, but lanthanide zirconate domains did not dissolve. The presence of oxide phases did not affect corrosion of the neighboring alloy phases. These results suggest the longterm corrosion of a composite waste form can be evaluated by using separate material degradation models for the alloy and ceramic phases.

  10. Thermoluminescence of zircon: a kinetic model

    Turkin, A A; Vainshtein, D I; Hartog, H W D


    The mineral zircon, ZrSiO sub 4 , belongs to a class of promising materials for geochronometry by means of thermoluminescence (TL) dating. The development of a reliable and reproducible method for TL dating with zircon requires detailed knowledge of the processes taking place during exposure to ionizing radiation, long-term storage, annealing at moderate temperatures and heating at a constant rate (TL measurements). To understand these processes one needs a kinetic model of TL. This paper is devoted to the construction of such a model. The goal is to study the qualitative behaviour of the system and to determine the parameters and processes controlling TL phenomena of zircon. The model considers the following processes: (i) Filling of electron and hole traps at the excitation stage as a function of the dose rate and the dose for both (low dose rate) natural and (high dose rate) laboratory irradiation. (ii) Time dependence of TL fading in samples irradiated under laboratory conditions. (iii) Short time anneali...

  11. Size and shape of Saturn's moon Titan

    Zebker, Howard A.; Stiles, Bryan; Hensley, Scott; Lorenz, Ralph; Kirk, Randolph L.; Lunine, Jonathan


    Cassini observations show that Saturn's moon Titan is slightly oblate. A fourth-order spherical harmonic expansion yields north polar, south polar, and mean equatorial radii of 2574.32 ± 0.05 kilometers (km), 2574.36 ± 0.03 km, and 2574.91 ± 0.11 km, respectively; its mean radius is 2574.73 ± 0.09 km. Titan's shape approximates a hydrostatic, synchronously rotating triaxial ellipsoid but is best fit by such a body orbiting closer to Saturn than Titan presently does. Titan's lack of high relief implies that most—but not all—of the surface features observed with the Cassini imaging subsystem and synthetic aperture radar are uncorrelated with topography and elevation. Titan's depressed polar radii suggest that a constant geopotential hydrocarbon table could explain the confinement of the hydrocarbon lakes to high latitudes.

  12. The Lakes and Seas of Titan

    Hayes, Alexander G.


    Analogous to Earth's water cycle, Titan's methane-based hydrologic cycle supports standing bodies of liquid and drives processes that result in common morphologic features including dunes, channels, lakes, and seas. Like lakes on Earth and early Mars, Titan's lakes and seas preserve a record of its climate and surface evolution. Unlike on Earth, the volume of liquid exposed on Titan's surface is only a small fraction of the atmospheric reservoir. The volume and bulk composition of the seas can constrain the age and nature of atmospheric methane, as well as its interaction with surface reservoirs. Similarly, the morphology of lacustrine basins chronicles the history of the polar landscape over multiple temporal and spatial scales. The distribution of trace species, such as noble gases and higher-order hydrocarbons and nitriles, can address Titan's origin and the potential for both prebiotic and biotic processes. Accordingly, Titan's lakes and seas represent a compelling target for exploration.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of bismuth alkaline titanate powders

    Torres-Huerta, A.M., E-mail: [CICATA-Altamira, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Km. 14.5 Carretera Tampico Puerto Industrial Altamira, Altamira, Tamps. 89600 (Mexico); Dominguez-Crespo, M.A. [CICATA-Altamira, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Km. 14.5 Carretera Tampico Puerto Industrial Altamira, Altamira, Tamps. 89600 (Mexico); Hernandez-Perez, M.A. [ESIQIE, Metalurgia, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, D. F (Mexico); Garcia-Zaleta, D.S. [CICATA-Altamira, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Km. 14.5 Carretera Tampico Puerto Industrial Altamira, Altamira, Tamps. 89600 (Mexico); Brachetti-Sibaja, S.B. [CICATA-Altamira, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Km. 14.5 Carretera Tampico Puerto Industrial Altamira, Altamira, Tamps. 89600 (Mexico); Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Madero, Av. 1o. de Mayo esq. Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz s/n Col. Los Mangos C.P.89440 Cd. Madero Tamaulipas (Mexico)


    In this work, samples of bismuth alkaline titanate, (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub (2-x/2)}Bi{sub (x/6)}TiO{sub 3}, (x = 0.05-0.75) have been prepared by conventional ceramic technique and molten salts. Metal oxides or carbonates powders were used as starting raw materials. The crystalline phase of the synthesized powders was identified by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and particle morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Solid state reaction method was unsuccessful to obtain pellets. From XRD results, a rhombohedral structure was detected and the parameter lattice were estimated to be a = 5.5478 A and {alpha} = 59.48{sup o}. These parameters were used to refine the structure by Rietveld analysis. SEM results showed several morphologies. Apparently, bismuth is promoting the grain growth whose sizes vary from 30 nm to 180 nm It is expected that these materials can be utilized in practical applications as substitutes for lead zirconatetitanate (PZT)-based ceramics.

  14. Prediction of Dissociation Process of Ceramic Powder Materials under Plasma Heating Conditions

    WangBoyi; TianWendong


    A model of the thermal dissocition process has been developed for the numerical simulation of ceramic powder processing in a d.c. plasma reactor.The temperature histories of zircon grains were calculated based on this model.Comparisons were carried out to determine the effects of plasma gas (N2 and Ar),free stream temperature (6000-15000)K and Reynolds number (0.0-1.0) as well as particle diameter(20-200μm)on the zircon dissociation process.The influences of proper Nusselt numer correlation and variable transport properties were discussed in detail.

  15. This is Commercial Titan, Inc

    van Rensselaer, F. L.; Slovikoski, R. D.; Abels, T. C.


    Out of a quarter-century heritage of eminently successful expendable launch vehicle history with the U.S government, a commercial launch services enterprise which challenges the corporation as well as the competition has been launched within the Martin Marietta Corporation. This paper is an inside look at the philosophy, structure, and success of the new subsidiary, Commercial Titan, Inc., which is taking on its U.S. and foreign rocket-making competitors to win a share of the international communication satellite market as well as the U.S. government commercial launch services market.

  16. Repair bond strength of resin composite to a novel CAD/CAM hybrid ceramic using different repair systems.

    Elsaka, Shaymaa E


    This study evaluated the repair bond strength of a nanohybrid resin composite to a novel CAD/CAM hybrid ceramic based on four intraoral ceramic repair systems. Vita Enamic (VE) CAD/CAM hybrid ceramic was used in this study. Specimens were divided into five test groups according to the repair method performed on the ceramic surface: Gr C (No treatment; control); Gr CZ (Cimara Zircon); Gr PR (Porcelain Repair); Gr CR (Clearfil Repair); and Gr CS (CoJet system). Nanohybrid resin composite (GrandioSO) was packed onto treated ceramic surfaces for adhesion testing using microtensile bond strength test. Debonded specimens were examined with a stereomicroscope and SEM to determine the fracture mode. Data were analyzed using ANOVA and Tukey's HSD test. PR and CZ repair systems significantly enhanced the bond strength of nanohybrid resin composite to VE CAD/CAM hybrid ceramic when compared with the other tested repair systems.

  17. Solid Carbon Produced in an Inductively Coupled Plasma Torch with a Titan Like Atmosphere

    D. Vacher


    Full Text Available Solid carbon is deposited on the surfaces of an inductively coupled plasma torch operating with a Titan like atmosphere plasma gas. The frame of the initial research is the study of the radiative properties of plasma encountered around a spacecraft during its hypersonic entry in upper layers of planetary atmosphere. Deposition of carbon is observed not only on the quartz tube outside the inductor but also on the ceramic protection of the torch injector. Carbon exhibits two types of morphology more or less dense and it is analyzed by various analytic devices as MEB, SEM, TEM, EDS and Raman spectroscopy. The gathered carbon powder shows the presence of nanostructured particles.

  18. Chemical investigation of Titan and Triton tholins

    Mcdonald, Gene D.; Thompson, W. R.; Heinrich, Michael; Khare, Bishun N.; Sagan, Carl


    We report chromatographic and spectroscopic analyses of both Titan and Triton tholins, organic solids made from the plasma irradiation of 0.9:0.1 and 0.999:0.001 N2/CH4 gas mixtures, respectively. The lower CH4 mixing ratio leads to a nitrogen-richer tholin (N/C greater than 1), probably including nitrogen heterocyclic compounds. Unlike Titan tholin, bulk Triton tholin is poor in nitriles. From high-pressure liquid chromatography, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy, and molecular weight estimation by gel filtration chromatography, we conclude that (1) several H2O-soluble fractions, each with distinct UV and IR spectral signatures, are present, (2) these fractions are not identical in the two tholins, (3) the H2O-soluble fractions of Titan tholins do not contain significant amounts of nitriles, despite the major role of nitriles in bulk Titan tholin, and (4) the H2O-soluble fractions of both tholins are mainly molcules containing about 10 to 50 (C + N) atoms. We report yields of amino acids upon hydrolysis of Titan and Triton tholins. Titan tholin is largely insoluble in the putative hydrocarbon lakes or oceans on Titan, but can yield the H2O-soluble species investigated here upon contact with transient (e.g., impact-generated) liquid water.

  19. TEAM - Titan Exploration Atmospheric Microprobes

    Nixon, Conor; Esper, Jaime; Aslam, Shahid; Quilligan, Gerald


    The astrobiological potential of Titan's surface hydrocarbon liquids and probable interior water ocean has led to its inclusion as a destination in NASA's "Ocean Worlds" initiative, and near-term investigation of these regions is a high-level scientific goal. TEAM is a novel initiative to investigate the lake and sea environs using multiple dropsondes -scientific probes derived from an existing cubesat bus architecture (CAPE - the Cubesat Application for Planetary Exploration) developed at NASA GSFC. Each 3U probe will parachute to the surface, making atmospheric structure and composition measurements during the descent, and photographing the surface - land, shoreline and seas - in detail. TEAM probes offer a low-cost, high-return means to explore multiple areas on Titan, yielding crucial data about the condensing chemicals, haze and cloud layers, winds, and surface features of the lakes and seas. These microprobes may be included on a near-term New Frontiers class mission to the Saturn system as additional payload, bringing increased scientific return and conducting reconnaissance for future landing zones. In this presentation we describe the probe architecture, baseline payload, flight profile and the unique engineering and science data that can be returned.

  20. Phase relations and conductivity of Sr-zirconates and La-zirconates

    Poulsen, F.W.; Vanderpuil, N.


    The formation of the strontium zirconates SrZrO3, Sr4Zr3O10, Sr3Zr2O7 and Sr2ZrO4, and of the lanthanum zirconates La2Zr2O7 and La2-xYZr2O7 at 1450-degrees-C was investigated by x-ray powder diffraction and DTA. Three different routes of synthesis were tested. In the Sr-zirconate system, single...... phase orthorhombic SrZrO3 and somewhat impure, tetragonal Sr2ZrO4 were observed, whereas the formation of ordered Ruddlesden-Popper phases, SrnZrn-1O3n-2, where n = 4 and 3, could not be verified. The conductivity of La2Zr2O7 was 3.7 X 10(-6) S/cm at 750-degrees-C and 3.8 x 10(-5) S/cm at 1000-degrees......-C. The conductivity of the Sr-zirconates increases with increasing Sr/Zr ratio. Samples with a nominal composition corresponding to Sr2ZrO4 have a conductivity of 7.5 x 10(-5) and 5.9 x 10(-4) S/cm at 750 and 1000-degrees-C, respectively. For all samples one observes low activation energies for ionic conduction (0...

  1. Neutral Chemistry in Titan's Ionospheric Simulated Conditions

    Dubois, David; Carrasco, Nathalie; Petrucciani, Marie; Tigrine, Sarah; Vettier, Ludovic


    Titan's atmospheric gas phase chemistry leading to the formation of organic aerosols can be simulated in laboratory experiments. Typically, plasma reactors can be used to achieve Titan-like conditions. Such a discharge induces dissociation and ionization processes to the N2-CH4 mixture by electron impact. This faithfully reproduces the electron energy range of magnetospheric electrons entering Titan's atmosphere and can also approximate the solar UV input at Titan's ionosphere. In this context, it is deemed necessary to apply and exploit such a technique in order to better understand the chemical reactivity occurring in Titan-like conditions.In the present work, we use the PAMPRE cold dusty plasma experiment with an N2-CH4 gaseous mixture under controlled pressure and gas influx, hence, emphasizing on the gas phase which we know is key to the formation of aerosols on Titan. Besides, an internal cryogenic trap has been developed to accumulate the gas products during their formation and facilitate their detection. These products are identified and quantified by in situ mass spectroscopy and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. We present here results from this experiment in two experimental conditions: 90-10% and 99-1% N2-CH4 mixing ratios respectively. We use a quantitative approach on nitriles and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.Key organic compounds reacting with each other are thus detected and quantified in order to better follow the chemistry occuring in the gas phase of Titan-like conditions. Indeed, these species acting as precursors to the solid phase are assumed to be relevant in the formation of Titan's organic aerosols. These organic aerosols are what make up Titan's hazy atmosphere.

  2. Titan as the Abode of Life

    Christopher P. McKay


    Full Text Available Titan is the only world we know, other than Earth, that has a liquid on its surface. It also has a thick atmosphere composed of nitrogen and methane with a thick organic haze. There are lakes, rain, and clouds of methane and ethane. Here, we address the question of carbon-based life living in Titan liquids. Photochemically produced organics, particularly acetylene, in Titan’s atmosphere could be a source of biological energy when reacted with atmospheric hydrogen. Light levels on the surface of Titan are more than adequate for photosynthesis, but the biochemical limitations due to the few elements available in the environment may lead only to simple ecosystems that only consume atmospheric nutrients. Life on Titan may make use of the trace metals and other inorganic elements produced by meteorites as they ablate in its atmosphere. It is conceivable that H2O molecules on Titan could be used in a biochemistry that is rooted in hydrogen bonds in a way that metals are used in enzymes by life on Earth. Previous theoretical work has shown possible membrane structures, azotosomes, in Titan liquids, azotosomes, composed of small organic nitrogen compounds, such as acrylonitrile. The search for a plausible information molecule for life in Titan liquids remains an open research topic—polyethers have been considered and shown to be insoluble at Titan temperatures. Possible search strategies for life on Titan include looking for unusual concentrations of certain molecules reflecting biological selection. Homochirality is a special and powerful example of such biology selection. Environmentally, a depletion of hydrogen in the lower atmosphere may be a sign of metabolism. A discovery of life in liquid methane and ethane would be our first compelling indication that the universe is full of diverse and wondrous life forms.

  3. 微波烧结对PLZT陶瓷电学性能的影响%Effect of Microwave Sintering on Electrical Properties of PLZT Ceramics

    龙廉骏; 徐建梅; 公衍生; 武明阳; 崔新友


    采用部分共沉淀法制备锆钛酸铅镧(PLZT)粉体, 分别用普通马弗炉和微波马弗炉进行烧结成瓷, 对比分析不同烧结方法对PLZT陶瓷的晶体结构、微观形貌和电学性能的影响.结果表明: 微波烧结和常规烧结均成功制备出钙钛矿相PLZT陶瓷.采用微波烧结得到的PLZT陶瓷样品比常规烧结的晶粒细小, 尺寸更均匀, 孔洞较少; 在电学性能相近时, 微波烧结温度远低于常规烧结, 且保温时间远小于常规烧结.在1000℃进行微波烧结, 陶瓷的介电常数εr和压电常数d33最大,εr为2512,d33为405 pC/N,此时,剩余极化强度为16.5 kV/cm,矫顽场为8.2μC/cm2;在1250℃常规烧结,陶瓷的介电常数最大,为2822,压电常数最大,为508 pC/N,剩余极化强度为21.6 kV/cm,矫顽场为9.6μC/cm2.%Lead lanthanum zirconate titanate(PLZT) powders synthesized by partial co-precipitation method were used to fabricate PLZT ceramics by conventional muffle furnace or by microwave muffle furnace. The crystal structure, microstructure, electrical properties of PLZT ceramics prepared by these two methods were investigated. The results show that the PLZT ceramics sintered by these two methods are pure perovskite structure. Microwave sintered PLZT ceramics possess smaller grain, more uniform size and less holes than do the conven tional prepared. The microwave sintering temperature is much lower than that by the conventional method, and the duration time is also much less, while the electrical properties of the ceramics sintered by these two methods are similar. The best properties of PLZT ceramics can be gained by microwave sintering at 1000℃ with dielectric constant and piezo-electric constant of 2512 and 405 pC/N. The remnant polarization is 16.5 kV/cm, and the coercive field is 8.2μC/cm2. The dielectric constant and piezoelectric constant of PLZT ceramics sintered by conventional method at 1250℃ reach the maximum values of 2822 and 508 pC/N. The remnant

  4. Titan's Magic Island: Transient features in a Titan sea

    Hofgartner, J. D.; Hayes, A. G., Jr.; Lunine, J. I.; Zebker, H. A.; Stiles, B. W.; Sotin, C.; Barnes, J. W.; Turtle, E. P.; Baines, K. H.; Brown, R. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Clark, R. N.; Encrenaz, P.; Kirk, R. L.; Le Gall, A. A.; Lopes, R. M. C.; Lorenz, R. D.; Malaska, M. J.; Mitchell, K. L.; Nicholson, P. D.; Paillou, P.; Radebaugh, J.; Wall, S. D.; Wood, C. A.


    Transient bright features, popularly referred to as Titan's Magic Island, were observed in Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images of the northern sea, Ligeia Mare, in July 2013 (Hofgartner et al., 2014, Nature Geosci. 7, 493). Images obtained prior and subsequent to the July 2013 detection do not include these bright features. The features are not consistent with ambiguities, scalloping, gain control or edge effects and are not considered to be standard SAR image artifacts. We compared the measured radar cross-sections from the region of the anomalies to a suite of quasi-specular plus diffuse backscatter models and found that this class of models for a permanent structure can be ruled out to 88% confidence. Thus we conclude that the appearance of the features is the result of a transformation and the subsequent non-detections indicate that they were transient. The observational constraints do not permit tides and/or sea level change to be the dominant cause of the transient expression. We suggest that ephemeral phenomena such as surface waves, rising bubbles, and suspended or floating solids best explain these features. Local meteorology could stimulate or enhance these phenomena, but we are unable to constrain its role in the appearance of these transients. These enigmatic features and the waves reportedly detected in Punga Mare (Barnes et al., 2014, Planetary Science, accepted) are likely the first glimpses of dynamic processes that are commencing in the northern lakes and seas as summer nears in the northern hemisphere. It is plausible that they are an expression of the changing seasons and as Titan's northern hemisphere continues transitioning toward summer they may occur with increased frequency. Ligeia Mare, including the region of the transients, will be observed again during the Cassini Titan flyby on August 21, 2014 and this observation could be diagnostic of the nature of these features. For example, if the transients are waves and waves are

  5. Occupational exposure to natural radioactivity in a zircon sand milling plant

    Ballesteros, Luisa [Laboratorio de Radioactividad Ambiental, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Apartado 22012, E-46071 Valencia (Spain)], E-mail:; Zarza, Isidoro [Laboratorio de Radioactividad Ambiental, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Apartado 22012, E-46071 Valencia (Spain)], E-mail:; Ortiz, Josefina [Laboratorio de Radioactividad Ambiental, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Apartado 22012, E-46071 Valencia (Spain)], E-mail:; Serradell, Vicente [Laboratorio de Radioactividad Ambiental, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Apartado 22012, E-46071 Valencia (Spain)], E-mail:


    Raw zirconium sand is one of the substances (naturally occurring radioactive material, NORM) which is widely used in the ceramic industry. This sand contains varying concentrations of natural radionuclides: mostly U-238 but also Th-232 and U-235, together with their daughters, and therefore may need to be regulated by Directive 96/29/EURATOM. This paper describes the method used to perform the radiological study on a zircon sand milling plant and presents the results obtained. Internal and external doses were evaluated using radioactivity readings from sand, airborne dust, intermediate materials and end products. The results on total effective dose show the need for this type of industry to be carefully controlled, since values near to 1 mSv were obtained.

  6. Titan the earth-like moon

    Coustenis, Athena


    This is the first book to deal with Titan, one of the most mysterious bodies in the solar system. The largest satellite of the giant planet Saturn, Titan is itself larger than the planet Mercury, and is unique in being the only known moon with a thick atmosphere. In addition, its atmosphere bears a startling resemblance to the Earth's, but is much colder.The American and European space agencies, NASA and ESA, have recently combined efforts to send a huge robot spacecraft to orbit Saturn and land on Titan. This book provides the background to this, the greatest deep space venture of our time, a

  7. Titan's organic chemistry: Results of simulation experiments

    Sagan, Carl; Thompson, W. Reid; Khare, Bishun N.


    Recent low pressure continuous low plasma discharge simulations of the auroral electron driven organic chemistry in Titan's mesosphere are reviewed. These simulations yielded results in good accord with Voyager observations of gas phase organic species. Optical constants of the brownish solid tholins produced in similar experiments are in good accord with Voyager observations of the Titan haze. Titan tholins are rich in prebiotic organic constituents; the Huygens entry probe may shed light on some of the processes that led to the origin of life on Earth.

  8. The greenhouse and antigreenhouse effects on Titan

    Mckay, Christopher P.; Pollack, James B.; Courtin, Regis


    The parallels between the atmospheric thermal structure of the Saturnian satellite Titan and the hypothesized terrestrial greenhouse effect can serve as bases for the evaluation of competing greenhouse theories. Attention is presently drawn to the similarity between the roles of H2 and CH4 on Titan and CO2 and H2O on earth. Titan also has an antigreenhouse effect due to a high-altitude haze layer which absorbs at solar wavelengths, while remaining transparent in the thermal IR; if this haze layer were removed, the antigreenhouse effect would be greatly reduced, exacerbating the greenhouse effect and raising surface temperature by over 20 K.

  9. Effect of Slurry Composition on Plate Weight in Ceramic Shell Investment Casting

    Sidhu, Balwinder Singh; Kumar, Pradeep; Mishra, B. K.


    This paper deals with the study of the effect of primary slurry parameters on the plate weight (ceramic retention test) in ceramic shell investment casting process. Four controllable factors of the zircon flour and fused-silica powder based slurries were studied at three levels each by Taguchi’s parametric approach and single-response optimization of plate weight was conducted to identify the main factors controlling its stability. Variations in coating thickness with plate weight were calculated for each slurry and ceramic shell moulds were made on wax plate using primary slurry and coarse fused-silica sand as stucco. The Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM) technique has been used to study the surface morphology of zircon flour and fused silca powder particles as well as primary coating (shell surface). X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis was done to identify the various phases present in the ceramic slurry coating. Optical profilometer has been used to measure the surface roughness of the shells. The result reveals that the surface condition of shell can be improved by increasing the plate weight, corresponding to higher filler loading in the slurry. Confirmation experiments were conducted at an optimal condition showed that the surface quality of the ceramic shell mould were improved significantly. Castings were produced using Al-7%Si alloy in recommended parameters through ceramic shell investment casting process. Surface roughness of the produced casting were measured and presented in this paper.

  10. Crystalline Structure, Defect Chemistry and Room Temperature Colossal Permittivity of Nd-doped Barium Titanate.

    Sun, Qiaomei; Gu, Qilin; Zhu, Kongjun; Jin, Rongying; Liu, Jinsong; Wang, Jing; Qiu, Jinhao


    Dielectric materials with high permittivity are strongly demanded for various technological applications. While polarization inherently exists in ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3), its high permittivity can only be achieved by chemical and/or structural modification. Here, we report the room-temperature colossal permittivity (~760,000) obtained in xNd: BaTiO3 (x = 0.5 mol%) ceramics derived from the counterpart nanoparticles followed by conventional pressureless sintering process. Through the systematic analysis of chemical composition, crystalline structure and defect chemistry, the substitution mechanism involving the occupation of Nd(3+) in Ba(2+) -site associated with the generation of Ba vacancies and oxygen vacancies for charge compensation has been firstly demonstrated. The present study serves as a precedent and fundamental step toward further improvement of the permittivity of BaTiO3-based ceramics.

  11. Barium Titanate Nanoparticles: Highly Cytocompatible Dispersions in Glycol-chitosan and Doxorubicin Complexes for Cancer Therapy

    Ciofani, Gianni; Danti, Serena; D'Alessandro, Delfo; Moscato, Stefania; Petrini, Mario; Menciassi, Arianna


    In the latest years, innovative nanomaterials have attracted a dramatic and exponentially increasing interest, in particular for their potential applications in the biomedical field. In this paper, we reported our findings on the cytocompatibility of barium titanate nanoparticles (BTNPs), an extremely interesting ceramic material. A rational and systematic study of BTNP cytocompatibility was performed, using a dispersion method based on a non-covalent binding to glycol-chitosan, which demonstrated the optimal cytocompatibility of this nanomaterial even at high concentration (100 μg/ml). Moreover, we showed that the efficiency of doxorubicin, a widely used chemotherapy drug, is highly enhanced following the complexation with BTNPs. Our results suggest that innovative ceramic nanomaterials such as BTNPs can be realistically exploited as alternative cellular nanovectors.

  12. Titan's Atmospheric Dynamics and Meteorology

    Flasar, F. M.; Baines, K. H.; Bird, M. K.; Tokano, T.; West, R. A.


    Titan, after Venus, is the second example of an atmosphere with a global cyclostrophic circulation in the solar system, but a circulation that has a strong seasonal modulation in the middle atmosphere. Direct measurement of Titan's winds, particularly observations tracking the Huygens probe at 10degS, indicate that the zonal winds are generally in the sense of the satellites rotation. They become cyclostrophic approx. 35 km above the surface and generally increase with altitude, with the exception of a sharp minimum centered near 75 km, where the wind velocity decreases to nearly zero. Zonal winds derived from the temperature field retrieved from Cassini measurements, using the thermal wind equation, indicate a strong winter circumpolar vortex, with maximum winds at mid northern latitudes of 190 ms-' near 300 km. Above this level, the vortex decays. Curiously, the zonal winds and temperatures are symmetric about a pole that is offset from the surface pole by approx.4 degrees. The cause of this is not well understood, but it may reflect the response of a cyclostrophic circulation to the offset between the equator, where the distance to the rotation axis is greatest, and the solar equator. The mean meridional circulation can be inferred from the temperature field and the meridional distribution of organic molecules and condensates and hazes. Both the warm temperatures in the north polar region near 400 km and the enhanced concentration of several organic molecules suggests subsidence there during winter and early spring. Stratospheric condensates are localized at high northern latitudes, with a sharp cut-off near 50degN. Titan's winter polar vortex appears to share many of the same characteristics of winter vortices on Earth-the ozone holes. Global mapping of temperatures, winds, and composition in he troposphere, by contrast, is incomplete. The few suitable discrete clouds that have bee found for tracking indicate smaller velocities than aloft, consistent with the

  13. Cyanide Soap? Dissolved material in Titan's Seas

    Lorenz, R. D.; Lunine, J. I.; Neish, C. D.


    Although it is evident that Titan's lakes and seas are dominated by ethane, methane, nitrogen, and (in some models) propane, there is divergence on the predicted relative abundance of minor constituents such as nitriles and C-4 alkanes. Nitriles such as hydrogen cyanide and acetonitrile, which have a significant dipole moment, may have a disproportionate influence on the dielectric properties of Titan seas and may act to solvate polar molecules such as water ice. The hypothesis is offered that such salvation may act to enhance the otherwise negligible solubility of water ice bedrock in liquid hydrocarbons. Such enhanced solubility may permit solution erosion as a formation mechanism for the widespread pits and apparently karstic lakes on Titan. Prospects for testing this hypothesis in the laboratory, and with measurements on Titan, will be discussed.

  14. Cassini: Mission to Saturn and Titan

    Kerridge, Stuart J.; Flury, Walter; Horn, Linda J.; Lebreton, Jean-Pierre; Stetson, Douglas S.; Stoller, Richard L.; Tan, Grace H.


    The Cassini Mission to Saturn and Titan represents an important step into the exploration of the outerplanets. It will expand on the flyby encounters of Pioneer and Voyager and parallel the detailed exploration of the Jupiter system to be accomplished by the Galileo Mission. By continuing the study of the two giant planets and enabling detailed comparisons of their structure and behavior, Cassini will provide a tremendous insight into the formation and evolution of the solar system. In addition, by virtue of its focus on the Saturnian satellite Titan, Cassini will return detailed data on an environment whose atmospheric chemistry may resemble that of the primitive Earth. The scientific objectives can be divided into five categories: Titan, Saturn, rings, icy satellites, and magnetospheres. The key area of interest to exobiologists is Titan; the other four scientific categories will be discussed briefly to provide a comprehensive overview of the Cassini Mission.

  15. Energy Deposition Processes in Titan's Upper Atmosphere

    Sittler, Edward C., Jr.; Bertucci, Cesar; Coates, Andrew; Cravens, Tom; Dandouras, Iannis; Shemansky, Don


    Most of Titan's atmospheric organic and nitrogen chemistry, aerosol formation, and atmospheric loss are driven from external energy sources such as Solar UV, Saturn's magnetosphere, solar wind and galactic cosmic rays. The Solar UV tends to dominate the energy input at lower altitudes of approximately 1100 km but which can extend down to approximately 400 km, while the plasma interaction from Saturn's magnetosphere, Saturn's magnetosheath or solar wind are more important at higher altitudes of approximately 1400 km, but the heavy ion plasma [O(+)] of approximately 2 keV and energetic ions [H(+)] of approximately 30 keV or higher from Saturn's magnetosphere can penetrate below 950km. Cosmic rays with energies of greater than 1 GeV can penetrate much deeper into Titan's atmosphere with most of its energy deposited at approximately 100 km altitude. The haze layer tends to dominate between 100 km and 300 km. The induced magnetic field from Titan's interaction with the external plasma can be very complex and will tend to channel the flow of energy into Titan's upper atmosphere. Cassini observations combined with advanced hybrid simulations of the plasma interaction with Titan's upper atmosphere show significant changes in the character of the interaction with Saturn local time at Titan's orbit where the magnetosphere displays large and systematic changes with local time. The external solar wind can also drive sub-storms within the magnetosphere which can then modify the magnetospheric interaction with Titan. Another important parameter is solar zenith angle (SZA) with respect to the co-rotation direction of the magnetospheric flow. Titan's interaction can contribute to atmospheric loss via pickup ion loss, scavenging of Titan's ionospheric plasma, loss of ionospheric plasma down its induced magnetotail via an ionospheric wind, and non-thermal loss of the atmosphere via heating and sputtering induced by the bombardment of magnetospheric keV ions and electrons. This

  16. Energy Deposition Processes in Titan's Upper Atmosphere

    Sittler, Edward C., Jr.; Bertucci, Cesar; Coates, Andrew; Cravens, Tom; Dandouras, Iannis; Shemansky, Don


    Most of Titan's atmospheric organic and nitrogen chemistry, aerosol formation, and atmospheric loss are driven from external energy sources such as Solar UV, Saturn's magnetosphere, solar wind and galactic cosmic rays. The Solar UV tends to dominate the energy input at lower altitudes of approximately 1100 km but which can extend down to approximately 400 km, while the plasma interaction from Saturn's magnetosphere, Saturn's magnetosheath or solar wind are more important at higher altitudes of approximately 1400 km, but the heavy ion plasma [O(+)] of approximately 2 keV and energetic ions [H(+)] of approximately 30 keV or higher from Saturn's magnetosphere can penetrate below 950km. Cosmic rays with energies of greater than 1 GeV can penetrate much deeper into Titan's atmosphere with most of its energy deposited at approximately 100 km altitude. The haze layer tends to dominate between 100 km and 300 km. The induced magnetic field from Titan's interaction with the external plasma can be very complex and will tend to channel the flow of energy into Titan's upper atmosphere. Cassini observations combined with advanced hybrid simulations of the plasma interaction with Titan's upper atmosphere show significant changes in the character of the interaction with Saturn local time at Titan's orbit where the magnetosphere displays large and systematic changes with local time. The external solar wind can also drive sub-storms within the magnetosphere which can then modify the magnetospheric interaction with Titan. Another important parameter is solar zenith angle (SZA) with respect to the co-rotation direction of the magnetospheric flow. Titan's interaction can contribute to atmospheric loss via pickup ion loss, scavenging of Titan's ionospheric plasma, loss of ionospheric plasma down its induced magnetotail via an ionospheric wind, and non-thermal loss of the atmosphere via heating and sputtering induced by the bombardment of magnetospheric keV ions and electrons. This

  17. Fabrication and performance of a single-crystal lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate cylindrical hydrophone.

    Brown, Jeremy A; Dunphy, Kevin; Leadbetter, Jeff R; Adamson, Robert B A; Beslin, Olivier


    The development of a piezoelectric hydrophone based on lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate [PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT)] single-crystal piezoelectric as the hydrophone substrate is reported. Although PMN-PT can possess much higher piezoelectric sensitivity than traditional lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectrics, it is highly anisotropic and therefore there is a large gain in sensitivity only when the crystal structure is oriented in a specific direction. Because of this, simply replacing the PZT substrate with a PMN-PT cylinder is not an optimal solution because the crystal orientation does not uniformly align with the circumferential axis of the hydrophone. Therefore, a composite hydrophone that maintains the optimal crystal axis around the hydrophone circumference has been developed. An 11.3 mm diameter composite hydrophone cylinder was fabricated from a single cut PMN-PT rectangular plate. Solid end caps were applied to the cylinder and the sensitivity was directly compared with a solid PZT-5A cylindrical hydrophone of equal dimensions in a hydrophone test tank. The charge sensitivity showed a 9.1 dB improvement over the PZT hydrophone and the voltage sensitivity showed a 3.5 dB improvement. This was in good agreement with the expected theoretical improvements of 10.1 and 4.5 dB, respectively.

  18. Parallel contingency statistics with Titan.

    Thompson, David C.; Pebay, Philippe Pierre


    This report summarizes existing statistical engines in VTK/Titan and presents the recently parallelized contingency statistics engine. It is a sequel to [PT08] and [BPRT09] which studied the parallel descriptive, correlative, multi-correlative, and principal component analysis engines. The ease of use of this new parallel engines is illustrated by the means of C++ code snippets. Furthermore, this report justifies the design of these engines with parallel scalability in mind; however, the very nature of contingency tables prevent this new engine from exhibiting optimal parallel speed-up as the aforementioned engines do. This report therefore discusses the design trade-offs we made and study performance with up to 200 processors.

  19. Atomic hydrogen distribution. [in Titan atmospheric model

    Tabarie, N.


    Several possible H2 vertical distributions in Titan's atmosphere are considered with the constraint of 5 km-A a total quantity. Approximative calculations show that hydrogen distribution is quite sensitive to two other parameters of Titan's atmosphere: the temperature and the presence of other constituents. The escape fluxes of H and H2 are also estimated as well as the consequent distributions trapped in the Saturnian system.

  20. Near-infrared spectrophotometry of Titan

    Trafton, L. M.


    Several unusual features in the near-IR spectrum of Titan are examined. Observations during four apparitions establish the reality of the S(1) absorption at 8150.7 A, but the existence of the S(O) absorption at 8272.7 A will require further sightings to become definitively established. These two features are particularly important, as they bear on the abundance of H2 in Titan's atmosphere.

  1. The rotation of Titan and Ganymede

    Van Hoolst, Tim; Coyette, Alexis; Baland, Rose-Marie; Trinh, Antony


    The rotation rates of Titan and Ganymede, the largest satellites of Saturn and Jupiter, are on average equal to their orbital mean motion. Here we discuss small deviations from the average rotation for both satellites and evaluate the polar motion of Titan induced by its surface fluid layers. We examine different causes at various time scales and assess possible consequences and the potential of using librations and polar motion as probes of the interior structure of the satellites.The rotation rate of Titan and Ganymede cannot be constant on the orbital time scale as a result of the gravitational torque of the central planet acting on the satellites. Titan is moreover expected to show significant polar motion and additional variations in the rotation rate due to angular momentum exchange with the atmosphere, mainly at seasonal periods. Observational evidence for deviations from the synchronous state has been reported several times for Titan but is unfortunately inconclusive. The measurements of the rotation variations are based on determinations of the shift in position of Cassini radar images taken during different flybys. The ESA JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) mission will measure the rotation variations of Ganymede during its orbital phase around the satellite starting in 2032.We report on different theoretical aspects of the librations and polar motion. We consider the influence of the rheology of the ice shell and take into account Cassini measurements of the external gravitational field and of the topography of Titan and similar Galileo data about Ganymede. We also evaluate the librations and polar motion induced by Titan's hydrocarbon seas and use the most recent results of Titan's atmosphere dynamics. We finally evaluate the potential of rotation variations to constrain the satellite's interior structure, in particular its ice shell and ocean.

  2. Preparation of the Superconductor Substrate: Strontium Titanate


    single crystals of strontium titanate is derived from the original method developed by Verneuil . 16 The general procedure for the growth of single... crystals growth are reported. The growth direction was determined to be 5 degrees away from the [2111 direction. ICP-emission spectroscopy irdicates... Growth of Strontium Titanate Crystals 5 2.4 Preparation of Substrates 8 3. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS 8 REFERENCES 13 Illustrations 1. Schematic Diagram

  3. Handling Late Changes to Titan Science

    Pitesky, Jo Eliza; Steadman, Kim; Ray, Trina; Burton, Marcia


    The Cassini mission has been in orbit for eight years, returning a wealth of scientific data from Titan and the Saturnian system. The mission, a cooperative undertaking between NASA, ESA and ASI, is currently in its second extension of the prime mission. The Cassini Solstice Mission (CSM) extends the mission's lifetime until Saturn's northern summer solstice in 2017. The Titan Orbital Science Team (TOST) has the task of integrating the science observations for all 56 targeted Titan flybys in the CSM. In order to balance Titan science across the entire set of flybys during the CSM, to optimize and influence the Titan flyby altitudes, and to decrease the future workload, TOST went through a "jumpstart" process before the start of the CSM. The "jumpstart" produced Master Timelines for each flyby, identifying prime science observations and allocating control of the spacecraft attitude to specific instrument teams. Three years after completing this long-range plan, TOST now faces a new challenge: incorporating changes into the Titan Science Plan without undoing the balance achieved during the jumpstart.

  4. Infrared Spectroscopic, X-ray and Nanoscale Characterization of Strontium Titanate Thin Films

    Webb, J. D.; Moutinho, H. R.; Kazmerski, L. L.; Mueller, C. H.; Rivkin, T. V.; Treece, R. E.; Dalberth, M.; Rogers, C. T.


    Attenuated total reflectance (ATR) measurements were performed using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy in the ATR mode with a thallium iodobromide (KRS-5) crystal to measure the frequencies of the v{sub 3} and v{sub 4} phonon absorption bands in thin strontium titanate films deposited on single-crystal yttrium-barium copper oxide (YBCO), lanthanum aluminate, magnesium oxide, and strontium titanate substrates. The KRS-5 crystal enabled FTIR-ATR measurements to be made at frequencies above 400 cm-1. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements were also made to further characterize the films. The measurements were repeated on single-crystal specimens of strontium titanate and the substrates for comparison. Softening in the frequency of the v{sub 4} transverse optical phonon in the lattice-mismatched films below the established value of 544 cm-1 is indicative of the highly textured, polycrystalline ceramic nature of the films and is consistent with the XRD and AFM results.

  5. Infrared spectroscopic, x-ray, and nanoscale characterization of strontium titanate thin films

    Webb, J D; Moutinho, H R; Kazmerski, L L [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States); Mueller, C H; Rivkin, T V; Treece, R E [Superconducting Core Technologies, Inc., Golden, CO (United States); Dalberth, M; Rogers, C T [Colorado Univ., Boulder, CO (United States). Dept. of Physics


    Attenuated total reflectance (ATR) measurements were performed using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy in the ATR mode with a thallium iodobromide (KRS-5) crystal to measure the frequencies of the v{sub 3} and v{sub 4} phonon absorption bands in thin Sr titanate films deposited on single-crystal Y-Ba Cu oxide (YBCO), La aluminate, Mg oxide, and Sr titanate substrates. The KRS-5 crystal enabled FTIR-ATR measurements at frequencies above 400 cm{sup -1}. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements were also made to further characterize the films. The measurements were repeated on single-crystal specimens of Sr titanate and the substrates for comparison. Softening in the frequency of the v{sub 4} transverse optical phonon in the lattice-mismatched films below the established value of 544 cm{sup -1} is indicative of the highly textured, polycrystalline ceramic nature of the films and is consistent with the XRD and AFM results.

  6. Infrared spectroscopic, x-ray, and nanoscale characterization of strontium titanate thin films

    Webb, J.D.; Moutinho, H.R.; Kazmerski, L.L. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States); Mueller, C.H.; Rivkin, T.V.; Treece, R.E. [Superconducting Core Technologies, Inc., Golden, CO (United States); Dalberth, M.; Rogers, C.T. [Colorado Univ., Boulder, CO (United States). Dept. of Physics


    Attenuated total reflectance (ATR) measurements were performed using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy in the ATR mode with a thallium iodobromide (KRS-5) crystal to measure the frequencies of the {nu}{sub 3} and {nu}{sub 4} phonon absorption bands in thin strontium titanate films deposited on single-crystal yttrium-barium copper oxide (YBCO), lanthanum aluminate, magnesium oxide, and strontium titanate substrates. The KRS-5 crystal enabled FTIR-ATR measurements to be made at frequencies above 400 cm{sup {minus}1}. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements were also made to further characterize the films. The measurements were repeated on single-crystal specimens of strontium titanate and the substrates for comparison. Softening in the frequency of the {nu}{sub 4} transverse optical phonon in the lattice- mismatched films below the established value of 544 cm{sup {minus}1} is indicative of the highly textured, polycrystalline ceramic nature of the films and is consistent with the XRD and AFM results.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of zinc titanate nano-crystal powders obtained by mechanical activation

    Obradović Nina


    Full Text Available Development of dielectric materials for microwave frequencies is increasing with rapid progress in mobile and satellite communications systems, where zinc titanates have found application due to their semi-conducting and dielectric properties. Mechanical activation by grinding is a well-known method and common part of the powder preparation route in the field of ceramics. The aim of this work is investigation of the influence of experimental conditions for mechanochemical synthesis of zinc orthotitanate. Starting powder mixtures of ZnO and TiO2, in the molar ratio that is in accordance with the stoichiometry of zinc titanate spinel type Zn2TiO4, were mechanically activated using a high-energy planetary ball mill. The process of mechanical activation was performed during different time intervals from 0 to 300 minutes. Microstructure characterization was determined by X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy. Also, the specific surface area (SSA of powders samples was measured by a nitrogen gas sorption analyzer using the BET method. The very first traces of zinc titanate are detectable after only 5 minutes of activation. The most interesting occurrence during the mechanical method of activation is that we have an almost pure phase after 90 minutes.

  8. Cast aluminum alloys containing dispersions of zircon particles

    Banerji, A.; Surappa, M. K.; Rohatgi, P. K.


    A process for preparing Al-alloy castings containing dispersions of zircon particles is described. Composites were prepared by stirring zircon particles (40 to 200 µm size) in commercially pure Al (99.5 pct)* and Al-11.8 pct Si melts and subsequently casting these melts in permanent molds. It was found to be necessary to alloy the above two melts with 3 pct Mg to disperse substantial amounts of zircon particles (25 to 30 pct). Further, it was possible to disperse up to 60 wt pct zircon by adding up to 5 pct Mg; however, the melts containing above 30 wt pct zircon showed insufficient fluidity for gravity diecasting and had to be pressure diecast. Microstructural studies of cast composites indicated the presence of a reaction zone at the periphery of zircon particles, and electron probe microanalysis showed concentrations of Mg and Si at the particle-matrix interface. Hardness, abrasive wear resistance, elastic modulus, 0.2 pct proof stress, and tensile strength of cast Al-3 pct Mg alloy were found to improve with the dispersions of zircon particles. Scanning electron micrographs of abraded and fractured surfaces did not show any evidence of particle pull-outs or voids at the particle matrix interface, indicating strong continuous bonding.

  9. Interaction of rhyolite melts with monazite, xenotime, and zircon surfaces

    Rustad, James R.


    The interfacial contact region between a rhyolite melt and the accessory minerals monazite, xenotime, and zircon is investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. On all surfaces, major structural rearrangement extends about 1 nm into the melt from the interface. As evidenced by the structural perturbations in the ion distribution profiles, the affinity of the melt for the surface increases in going from monazite to xenotime to zircon. Alkali ions are enriched in the melt in contact with an inert wall, as well as at the mineral surfaces. Melt in contact with zircon has a particularly strong level of aluminum enrichment. In xenotime, the enrichment of aluminum is less than that in zircon, but still notable. In monazite, the aluminum enrichment in the contact layer is much less. It is expected that the relative surface energies of these accessory minerals will be a strong function of the aluminum content of the melt and that nucleation of zircon, in particular, would be easier for melts with higher aluminum concentration. The crystal growth rate for zircon is expected to be slower at a higher aluminum concentration because of the effectiveness of aluminum in solvating the zircon surface. The variable interfacial concentration profiles across the series of accessory minerals will likely affect the kinetics of trace element incorporation, as the trace elements must compete with the major elements for surface sites on the growing accessory minerals.

  10. Dissolution on Titan and on Earth: Towards the age of Titan's karstic landscapes

    Cornet, Thomas; Bahers, Tangui Le; Bourgeois, Olivier; Fleurant, Cyril; Mouélic, Stéphane Le; Altobelli, Nicolas


    Titan's polar surface is dotted with hundreds of lacustrine depressions. Based on the hypothesis that they are karstic in origin, we aim at determining the efficiency of surface dissolution as a landshaping process on Titan, in a comparative planetology perspective with the Earth as reference. Our approach is based on the calculation of solutional denudation rates and allow inference of formation timescales for topographic depressions developed by chemical erosion on both planetary bodies. The model depends on the solubility of solids in liquids, the density of solids and liquids, and the average annual net rainfall rates. We compute and compare the denudation rates of pure solid organics in liquid hydrocarbons and of minerals in liquid water over Titan and Earth timescales. We then investigate the denudation rates of a superficial organic layer in liquid methane over one Titan year. At this timescale, such a layer on Titan would behave like salts or carbonates on Earth depending on its composition, which mea...

  11. Detrital Zircon of 4100 Ma in Quartzite in Burang, Tibet

    DUO Ji; WEN Chunqi; FAN Xiaoping; GUO Jianci; NI Zhiyao; LI Xiaowen; SHI Yuruo; WEN Quan


    A detrital zircon aged 4.1 Ga is discovered by the SHRIMP U-Pb method in a quartzite in Burang County, western Tibet. This is presently the oldest single-grain detrital zircon in China. The Th-U ratios of the two testing points of the >4.0 Ga zircon are between 0.76 and 0.86, indicating their magmatic origin. This discovery has offered an important age for investigating the geological evolution of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

  12. A Raman spectroscopic study of zircons on micro-scale and Its significance in explaining the origin of zircons

    Bao, Xuezhao; Lu, Songnian


    The magmatic and metamorphic zircons were investigated with Raman spectrum microprobe analysis. We found notable differences between these two kinds of zircons exhibited by the variation trend of Raman peak intensity from core to rim of a crystal. In magmatic zircons, the intensity and the ratio H/W of Raman spectrum peaks gradually decrease from core to rim of a crystal, which is produced by an increase in metamictization degree and suggests an increase in U and Th concentrations from core to rim. In metamorphic zircons, there are two kinds of crystals according to their Raman spectra: the first group of zircons exhibits a variation trend opposite to those of magmatic zircons, tending to increase in the Raman peak intensity and H/W value from core to rim of a crystal, which is produced by a decrease in metamictization degree and indicates a decrease of U and Th concentrations from core to rim of a crystal. The second group of zircons exhibits no change in Raman peak intensity and H/W value through a crystal....

  13. Proton-conducting cerate ceramics

    Pederson, L.R.; Coffey, G.W.; Bates, J.L.; Weber, W.J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)


    Single-cell solid oxide fuel cells were constructed using strontium cerate as the electrolyte and their performance tested. Like certain zirconates, hafnates, and tantalates, the cerate perovskites are among a class of solid electrolytes that conduct protons at elevated temperatures. Depending on the temperature and chemical environment, these ceramics also support electronic and oxygen ion currents. A maximum power output of {approx}100 mW per cm{sup 2} electrolyte surface area was obtained at 900{degrees}C using 4% hydrogen as the fuel and air as the oxidant. A series of rare earth/ceria/zirconia were prepared and their electrical properties characterized. Rare earth dopants included ytterbia, yttria, terbia, and europia. Ionic conductivities were highest for rare earth/ceria and rare earth zirconia compositions; a minimum in ionic conductivity for all series were found for equimolar mixtures of ceria and zirconia. Cerium oxysulfide is of interest in fossil energy applications because of its high chemical stability and refractory nature. An alternative synthesis route to preparing cerium oxysulfide powders has been developed using combustion techniques.

  14. Particle-induced amorphization complex ceramic

    Ewing, R.C.; Wang, Lu-Min


    The presently funded three-year research program, supported by the Division of Materials Sciences of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, was initiated on August 1, 1993; during the period in which the grant will have been active, $249,561 of support have been provided to date with an additional $79,723 to be spent during the third, final year (ending July 30, 1996). The primary purpose of the program is to develop an understanding of heavy-particle radiation effects -- {alpha}-recoil nuclei, fission fragments, ion-irradiations -- on ceramic materials and the thermal annealing mechanisms by which crystallinity might be restored. During the past two years, we have completed major studies on zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}), olivine (Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} and ten other compositions), spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and four other compositions), and silica polymorphs (quartz, coesite and stishovite), as well as berlinite (AlPO{sub 4}) which is isomorphous with quartz. In addition, based on the above research, we propose the use of zircon as a host phase for the immobilization of plutonium resulting from weapons dismantlement.

  15. Three-dimensional, dynamic meteorology of Titan

    Mitchell, J.; Adamkovics, M.; Caballero, R.; Turtle, E. P.; Arias, T.; Sayanagi, K. M.


    Titan exhibits an active weather cycle involving methane. Because of low insolation and a stabilizing antigreenhouse effect [McKay et al. 1989], moist convection on Titan cannot be maintained purely through surface evaporative fluxes, indicating that moisture convergence provided by large-scale modes of circulation is important for convective cloud formation [e.g., Mitchell et al. 2006; Barth & Rafkin 2010]. Recent Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) images of Titan have revealed large-scale clouds with an interesting array of morphologies and characteristics. Most strikingly, an arrow-shaped cloud oriented eastward was observed at the equator on 27 September 2010 [Turtle et al. 2011a], followed by observations of surface wetting which gradually diminished over several months [Turtle et al. 2011b]. We demonstrate a process for the physical interpretation of individual observed storms and their aggregate effect on surface erosion through a combined analysis of cloud observations and simulations [Mitchell et al. in press]. We show that planetary-scale Kelvin waves naturally arising in a new, three-dimensional version of our Titan general circulation model (GCM) robustly organize convection into chevron-shaped storms at Titan's equator during the current season, as observed. The phasing of this mode with another, much slower one causes a 20-fold increase in precipitation rates over the average, each producing up to several centimeters of precipitation over 1000-km-scale regions, with important implications for observed fluvial features [Langhans et al. 2011]. Our initial results indicate an essential role for planetary-scale atmospheric waves in organizing Titan's methane weather. I will discuss prospects for extending our analysis to other Titan observations.

  16. Density variation and piezoelectric properties of Ba(Ti1−Sn)O3 ceramics prepared from nanocrystalline powders

    A K Nath; Nirmali Medhi


    Nanocrystalline powders of tin-doped barium titanate with different concentrations of tin have been synthesized by a combination of solid state reaction and high-energy ball milling. The average particle size of the milled powders as determined from TEM analysis was about 5.96 nm. Analysis of all the milled powders using X-ray diffraction method showed single phase perovskite structure. The density variation of the ceramics with sintering temperature has been studied by sintering the samples at different temperatures. Density variation results show that 1350°C is the optimum sintering temperature for tin-doped barium titanate ceramics. SEM micrographs show high density and increasing trend of grain size with increasing content of Sn. The ferroelectricity decreases with increasing concentration of Sn. The electromechanical coupling coefficient also decreases with increasing Sn content corroborating decreasing trend of ferroelectricity. The bipolar strain curves show piezoelectric properties of the prepared ceramics.

  17. Status of plutonium ceramic immobilization processes and immobilization forms

    Ebbinghaus, B.B.; Van Konynenburg, R.A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Vance, E.R.; Jostsons, A. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Menai (Australia)] [and others


    Immobilization in a ceramic followed by permanent emplacement in a repository or borehole is one of the alternatives currently being considered by the Fissile Materials Disposition Program for the ultimate disposal of excess weapons-grade plutonium. To make Pu recovery more difficult, radioactive cesium may also be incorporated into the immobilization form. Valuable data are already available for ceramics form R&D efforts to immobilize high-level and mixed wastes. Ceramics have a high capacity for actinides, cesium, and some neutron absorbers. A unique characteristic of ceramics is the existence of mineral analogues found in nature that have demonstrated actinide immobilization over geologic time periods. The ceramic form currently being considered for plutonium disposition is a synthetic rock (SYNROC) material composed primarily of zirconolite (CaZrTi{sub 2}O{sub 7}), the desired actinide host phase, with lesser amounts of hollandite (BaAl{sub 2}Ti{sub 6}O{sub 16}) and rutile (TiO{sub 2}). Alternative actinide host phases are also being considered. These include pyrochlore (Gd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}), zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}), and monazite (CePO{sub 4}), to name a few of the most promising. R&D activities to address important technical issues are discussed. Primarily these include moderate scale hot press fabrications with plutonium, direct loading of PuO{sub 2} powder, cold press and sinter fabrication methods, and immobilization form formulation issues.

  18. Influence of thermomechanical fatigue loading on the fracture resistance of all-ceramic posterior crowns.

    Senyilmaz, Dilek Pinar; Canay, Senay; Heydecke, Guido; Strub, Joerg Rudolf


    This study evaluated the fracture resistance and the survival rate of different all-ceramic crowns in-vitro after thermomechanical fatigue loading in comparison to porcelain-fused-to-metal posterior crowns. Sixteen crowns for human mandibular first molars were made of each of the following: Cercon, IPS-Empress 2 In-Ceram Zirconia, Procera AllZircon and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Half of the specimens of each group was thermocycled and dynamically loaded using a chewing simulator All samples were thereafter tested for the maximum fracture resistance. The survival rates after 1-2 million cycles in the artificial mouth were 100% in all the tested crown systems. The chewing simulation and thermocycling did not significantly decrease the fracture strength of the ceramic crowns (P>0.005). The median fracture load of Cercon, Procera AllZircon, In-Ceram Zirconia and PFM was significantly higher than IPS-Empress 2 both for loaded and non loaded groups (PZirconia and PFM was not significant (P>0.005). All-ceramic systems showed fracture load values similar to those of porcelain-fused-to-metal molar crowns and therefore may be considered for use in clinical studies.

  19. Structural and tidal models of Titan and inferences on cryovolcanism

    Sohl, F.; Solomonidou, A.; Wagner, F.W.; Coustenis, A.; Hussmann, H.; Schulze-Makuch, D.


    Titan, Saturn's largest satellite, is subject to solid body tides exerted by Saturn on the timescale of its orbital period. The tide-induced internal redistribution of mass results in tidal stress variations, which could play a major role for Titan's geologic surface record. We construct models of Titan's interior that are consistent with the satellite's mean density, polar moment-of-inertia factor, obliquity, and tidal potential Love number k2 as derived from Cassini observations of Titan's ...

  20. Synthesis, microstructural and electrical characterization of ceramic compounds based on strontium and calcium titanates and iron-oxide; Sintese, caracterizacao microestrutural e eletrica de compostos ceramicos a base de solucoes solidas de titanato de estroncio, titanato de calcio e oxido de ferro

    Carmo, Joao Roberto do


    Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3-}{delta}, X = 0, 0.5 and 1.0, y = 0 and 0.35, ceramic compounds were synthesized by reactive solid state synthesis of CaCO{sub 3}, SrCO{sub 3}, TiO{sub 2} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and by the polymeric precursor technique. The ceramic powders were evaluated by thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Sintered ceramic pellets were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy and impedance spectroscopy. The electromotive force resulting from the exposing the pellets to partial pressure de oxygen in the {approx}50 ppm in the 600-1100 Degree-Celsius range was monitored using an experimental setup consisting of an oxygen electrochemical pump with yttria-stabilized zirconia transducer and sensor. Rietveld analysis of the X-ray data allowed for determining the crystalline structures: cubic perovskite (y = 0) and orthorhombic perovskite (y {ne} 0). The electrical conductivity was determined by the two probe impedance spectroscopy measurements in the 5 Hz-13 MHz frequency range from room temperature to approximately 200 Degree-Celsius . The deconvolution of the [-Z{sup (}{omega}) x Z'({omega})] impedance diagrams in the 300 < T(K) < 500 range shows two semicircles due to intragranular (bulk) and intergranular (grain boundary) contributions to the electrical resistivity. Sintered pellets using powders prepared by the ceramic route present higher inter- and intragranular resistivity values than pellets prepared with chemically synthesized powders. The emf signal under exposure oxygen shows that these compounds may be used in oxygen sensing devices in the 600 - 1100 Degree-Celsius range. Scanning probe microscopy topographic analysis of the polished and thermally etched surfaces of the pellets gave details of grain morphology, showing that pellets prepared with powders synthesized by the chemical route are less porous than

  1. ISO observations of Titan with SWS/grating

    Coustenis, A.; Encrenaz, T.; Salama, A.; Lellouch, E.; Gautier, D.; Kessler, M. F.; deGraauw, T.; Samuelson, R. E.; Bjoraker, G.; Orton, G.


    The observations of Titan performed by the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) short wavelength spectrometer (SWS), in the 2 micrometer to 45 micrometer region using the grating mode, are reported on. Special attention is given to data from Titan concerning 7 micrometer to 45 micrometer spectral resolution. Future work for improving Titan's spectra investigation is suggested.

  2. ISO observations of Titan with SWS/grating

    Coustenis, A.; Encrenaz, T.; Salama, A.; Lellouch, E.; Gautier, D.; Kessler, M. F.; deGraauw, T.; Samuelson, R. E.; Bjoraker, G.; Orton, G.


    The observations of Titan performed by the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) short wavelength spectrometer (SWS), in the 2 micrometer to 45 micrometer region using the grating mode, are reported on. Special attention is given to data from Titan concerning 7 micrometer to 45 micrometer spectral resolution. Future work for improving Titan's spectra investigation is suggested.

  3. Seasonal Evolution of Titan's Atmospheric Polar Vortices

    Teanby, Nicholas A.; Irwin, P. G.; Nixon, C. A.; de Kok, R.; Vinatier, S.; Coustenis, A.; Sefton-Nash, E.; Calcutt, S. B.; Flasar, F. M.


    Titan is the largest satellite of Saturn and is the only moon in our solar system to have a significant atmosphere. Titan's middle-atmosphere circulation usually comprises a single hemisphere-to-hemisphere meridional circulation cell, with upwelling air in the summer hemisphere and subsiding air at the winter pole with an associated winter polar vortex. Titan has an axial tilt (obliquity) of 26.7degrees, so during its 29.5 Earth year annual cycle pronounced seasonal effects are expected as the relative solar insolation in each hemisphere changes. The most dramatic of these changes is predicted to be the reversal in global meridional circulation as the peak solar heating switches hemispheres after an equinox. Since northern spring equinox in mid-2009, Titan's atmosphere has demonstrated dramatic changes in temperature, composition, and aerosol distribution. These changes indicate major changes to the atmospheric circulation pattern have indeed occurred. Here we use nine years of Cassini/CIRS infrared spectra to determine the temperature and composition evolution of the atmosphere through northern-fall to northern-spring. Particularly dramatic changes are observed at the poles, where a new south polar hot-spot/vortex has been forming. The north polar vortex also appears to be weakening throughout this period. Furthermore, the meridional circulation reversal, predicted by numerical models, occurred a mere six months after equinox, showing that despite Titan's long annual cycle, rapid changes are possible. This gives us new insight into vortex formation processes and atmospheric dynamics.

  4. Transient features in a Titan sea

    Hofgartner, J. D.; Hayes, A. G.; Lunine, J. I.; Zebker, H.; Stiles, B. W.; Sotin, C.; Barnes, J. W.; Turtle, E. P.; Baines, K. H.; Brown, R. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Clark, R. N.; Encrenaz, P.; Kirk, R. D.; Le Gall, A.; Lopes, R. M.; Lorenz, R. D.; Malaska, M. J.; Mitchell, K. L.; Nicholson, P. D.; Paillou, P.; Radebaugh, J.; Wall, S. D.; Wood, C.


    Titan's surface-atmosphere system bears remarkable similarities to Earth's, the most striking being an active, global methane cycle akin to Earth's water cycle. Like the hydrological cycle of Earth, Titan's seasonal methane cycle is driven by changes in the distribution of solar energy. The Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at Saturn in 2004 in the midst of northern winter and southern summer, has observed surface changes, including shoreline recession, at Titan's south pole and equator. However, active surface processes have yet to be confirmed in the lakes and seas in Titan's north polar region. As the 2017 northern summer solstice approaches, the onset of dynamic phenomena in this region is expected. Here we present the discovery of bright features in recent Cassini RADAR data that appeared in Titan's northern sea, Ligeia Mare, in July 2013 and disappeared in subsequent observations. We suggest that these bright features are best explained by the occurrence of ephemeral phenomena such as surface waves, rising bubbles, and suspended or floating solids. We suggest that our observations are an initial glimpse of dynamic processes that are commencing in the northern lakes and seas as summer nears in the northern hemisphere.

  5. Deformation Behavior across the Zircon-Scheelite Phase Transition

    Yue, Binbin; Hong, Fang; Merkel, Sébastien; Tan, Dayong; Yan, Jinyuan; Chen, Bin; Mao, Ho-Kwang


    The pressure effects on plastic deformation and phase transformation mechanisms of materials are of great importance to both Earth science and technological applications. Zircon-type materials are abundant in both nature and the industrial field; however, there is still no in situ study of their deformation behavior. Here, by employing radial x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell, we investigate the dislocation-induced texture evolution of zircon-type gadolinium vanadate (GdVO4 ) in situ under pressure and across its phase transitions to its high-pressure polymorphs. Zircon-type GdVO4 develops a (001) compression texture associated with dominant slip along ⟨100 ⟩{001 } starting from 5 GPa. This (001) texture transforms into a (110) texture during the zircon-scheelite phase transition. Our observation demonstrates a martensitic mechanism for the zircon-scheelite transformation. This work will help us understand the local deformation history in the upper mantle and transition zone and provides fundamental guidance on material design and processing for zircon-type materials.

  6. Spectroscopic determination of optimal hydration time of zircon surface

    Ordonez R, E. [ININ, Departamento de Quimica, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Garcia R, G. [Instituto Tecnologico de Toluca, Division de Estudios del Posgrado, Av. Tecnologico s/n, Ex-Rancho La Virgen, 52140 Metepec, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Garcia G, N., E-mail: eduardo.ordonez@inin.gob.m [Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Facultad de Quimica, Av. Colon y Av. Tollocan, 50180 Toluca, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)


    When a mineral surface is immersed in an aqueous solution, it develops and electric charge produced by the amphoteric dissociation of hydroxyl groups created by the hydration of the solid surface. This is one influential surface property. The complete hydration process takes a time which is specific for each mineral species. The knowledge of the aqueous solution contact time for complete surface hydration is mandatory for further surface phenomena studies. This study deals with the optimal hydration time of the raw zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}) surface comparing the classical potentiometric titrations with a fluorescence spectroscopy technique. The latter is easy and rea liable as it demands only one sample batch to determine the optimal time to ensure a total hydration of the zircon surface. The analytical results of neutron activation analysis showed the presence of trace quantities of Dy{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3} in the bulk of zircon. The Dy{sup 3+} is structured in the zircon crystalline lattice and undergoes the same chemical reactions as zircon. Furthermore, the Dy{sup 3+} has a good fluorescent response whose intensity is enhanced by hydration molecules. The results show that, according to the potentiometric analysis, the hydration process for each batch (at least 8 sample batches) takes around 2 h, while the spectrometric method indicates only 5 minutes from only one batch. Both methods showed that the zircon surface have a 16 h optimal hydration time. (Author)

  7. Deformation Behavior across the Zircon-Scheelite Phase Transition.

    Yue, Binbin; Hong, Fang; Merkel, Sébastien; Tan, Dayong; Yan, Jinyuan; Chen, Bin; Mao, Ho-Kwang


    The pressure effects on plastic deformation and phase transformation mechanisms of materials are of great importance to both Earth science and technological applications. Zircon-type materials are abundant in both nature and the industrial field; however, there is still no in situ study of their deformation behavior. Here, by employing radial x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell, we investigate the dislocation-induced texture evolution of zircon-type gadolinium vanadate (GdVO_{4}) in situ under pressure and across its phase transitions to its high-pressure polymorphs. Zircon-type GdVO_{4} develops a (001) compression texture associated with dominant slip along ⟨100⟩{001} starting from 5 GPa. This (001) texture transforms into a (110) texture during the zircon-scheelite phase transition. Our observation demonstrates a martensitic mechanism for the zircon-scheelite transformation. This work will help us understand the local deformation history in the upper mantle and transition zone and provides fundamental guidance on material design and processing for zircon-type materials.

  8. Creation of a continent recorded in zircon zoning

    Moser, D.E.; Bowman, J.R.; Wooden, J.; Valley, J.W.; Mazdab, F.; Kita, N.


    We have discovered a robust microcrystalline record of the early genesis of North American lithosphere preserved in the U-Pb age and oxygen isotope zoning of zircons from a lower crustal paragneiss in the Neoarchean Superior province. Detrital igneous zircon cores with ??18O values of 5.1???-7.1??? record creation of primitive to increasingly evolved crust from 2.85 ?? 0.02 Ga to 2.67 ?? 0.02 Ga. Sharp chemical unconformity between cores and higher ??18O (8.4???-10.4???) metamorphic overgrowths as old as 2.66 ?? 0.01 Ga dictates a rapid sequence of arc unroofing, burial of detrital zircons in hydrosphere-altered sediment, and transport to lower crust late in upper plate assembly. The period to 2.58 ?? 0.01 Ga included ???80 m.y. of high-temperature (???700-650 ??C), nearly continuous overgrowth events reflecting stages in maturation of the subjacent mantle root. Huronian continental rifting is recorded by the youngest zircon tip growth at 2512 ?? 8 Ma (??? 600 ??C) signaling magma intraplating and the onset of rigid plate behavior. This >150 m.y. microscopic isotope record in single crystals demonstrates the sluggish volume diffusion of U, Pb, and O in zircon throughout protracted regional metamorphism, and the consequent advances now possible in reconstructing planetary dynamics with zircon zoning. ?? 2008 The Geological Society of America.

  9. Melt processed multiphase ceramic waste forms for nuclear waste immobilization

    Amoroso, Jake, E-mail: [Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC 29808 (United States); Marra, James C. [Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC 29808 (United States); Tang, Ming [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Lin, Ye; Chen, Fanglin [University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Su, Dong [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973 (United States); Brinkman, Kyle S. [Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634 (United States)


    Highlights: • We explored the feasibility of melt processing multiphase titanate-based ceramics. • Melt processing produced phases obtained by alternative processing methods. • Phases incorporated multiple lanthanides and transition metals. • Processing in reducing atmosphere suppressed un-desirable Cs–Mo coupling. • Cr partitions to and stabilizes the hollandite phase, which promotes Cs retention. - Abstract: Ceramic waste forms are promising hosts for nuclear waste immobilization as they have the potential for increased durability and waste loading compared with conventional borosilicate glass waste forms. Ceramics are generally processed using hot pressing, spark plasma sintering, and conventional solid-state reaction, however such methods can be prohibitively expensive or impractical at production scales. Recently, melt processing has been investigated as an alternative to solid-state sintering methods. Given that melter technology is currently in use for High Level Waste (HLW) vitrification in several countries, the technology readiness of melt processing appears to be advantageous over sintering methods. This work reports the development of candidate multi-phase ceramic compositions processed from a melt. Cr additions, developed to promote the formation and stability of a Cs containing hollandite phase were successfully incorporated into melt processed multi-phase ceramics. Control of the reduction–oxidation (Redox) conditions suppressed undesirable Cs–Mo containing phases, and additions of Al and Fe reduced the melting temperature.

  10. Ceramic Matrix Composites .

    J. Mukerji


    Full Text Available The present state of the knowledge of ceramic-matrix composites have been reviewed. The fracture toughness of present structural ceramics are not enough to permit design of high performance machines with ceramic parts. They also fail by catastrophic brittle fracture. It is generally believed that further improvement of fracture toughness is only possible by making composites of ceramics with ceramic fibre, particulate or platelets. Only ceramic-matrix composites capable of working above 1000 degree centigrade has been dealt with keeping reinforced plastics and metal-reinforced ceramics outside the purview. The author has discussed the basic mechanisms of toughening and fabrication of composites and the difficulties involved. Properties of available fibres and whiskers have been given. The best results obtained so far have been indicated. The limitations of improvement in properties of ceramic-matrix composites have been discussed.

  11. Ceramic Laser Materials

    Guillermo Villalobos


    Full Text Available Ceramic laser materials have come a long way since the first demonstration of lasing in 1964. Improvements in powder synthesis and ceramic sintering as well as novel ideas have led to notable achievements. These include the first Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG ceramic laser in 1995, breaking the 1 KW mark in 2002 and then the remarkable demonstration of more than 100 KW output power from a YAG ceramic laser system in 2009. Additional developments have included highly doped microchip lasers, ultrashort pulse lasers, novel materials such as sesquioxides, fluoride ceramic lasers, selenide ceramic lasers in the 2 to 3 μm region, composite ceramic lasers for better thermal management, and single crystal lasers derived from polycrystalline ceramics. This paper highlights some of these notable achievements.

  12. Ceramic Laser Materials

    Sanghera, Jasbinder; Kim, Woohong; Villalobos, Guillermo; Shaw, Brandon; Baker, Colin; Frantz, Jesse; Sadowski, Bryan; Aggarwal, Ishwar


    Ceramic laser materials have come a long way since the first demonstration of lasing in 1964. Improvements in powder synthesis and ceramic sintering as well as novel ideas have led to notable achievements. These include the first Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) ceramic laser in 1995, breaking the 1 KW mark in 2002 and then the remarkable demonstration of more than 100 KW output power from a YAG ceramic laser system in 2009. Additional developments have included highly doped microchip lasers, ultrashort pulse lasers, novel materials such as sesquioxides, fluoride ceramic lasers, selenide ceramic lasers in the 2 to 3 μm region, composite ceramic lasers for better thermal management, and single crystal lasers derived from polycrystalline ceramics. This paper highlights some of these notable achievements. PMID:28817044

  13. Fabrication of zinc titanate nanofibers by electrospinning technique

    Cai Zongying, E-mail: [Institute of Advanced Materials, Mechanical Engineering College, Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050003 (China); Li Junshou; Wang Yigang [Institute of Advanced Materials, Mechanical Engineering College, Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050003 (China)


    The zinc titanate composite nanofibers were prepared using electrospinning method combining sol-gel process followed by calcining the precursor PVP/Zn(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}-Ti(OC{sub 4}H{sub 9}){sub 4} fibers under air in the temperature range of 400-700 {sup o}C. The nanofibers were characterized by thermal field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA). FE-SEM micrographs indicated that the surfaces of the nanofibers are uniform and smooth and the diameter of the fiber decreasing as the calcination temperature increasing. It is also found that ZnO-TiO{sub 2} ceramic fibers including ZnTiO{sub 3}, Zn{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} and rutile phase were synthesized by calcining the precursor PVP/Zn(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}-Ti(OC{sub 4}H{sub 9}){sub 4} composite fibers at 700 {sup o}C.

  14. Review on dielectric properties of rare earth doped barium titanate

    Ismail, Fatin Adila; Osman, Rozana Aina Maulat; Idris, Mohd Sobri


    Rare earth doped Barium Titanate (BaTiO3) were studied due to high permittivity, excellent electrical properties and have wide usage in various applications. This paper reviewed on the electrical properties of RE doped BaTiO3 (RE: Lanthanum (La), Erbium (Er), Samarium (Sm), Neodymium (Nd), Cerium (Ce)), processing method, phase transition occurred and solid solution range for complete study. Most of the RE doped BaTiO3 downshifted the Curie temperature (TC). Transition temperature also known as Curie temperature, TC where the ceramics had a transition from ferroelectric to a paraelectric phase. In this review, the dielectric constant of La-doped BaTiO3, Er-doped BaTiO3, Sm-doped BaTiO3, Nd-doped BaTiO3 and Ce-doped BaTiO3 had been proved to increase and the transition temperature or also known as TC also lowered down to room temperature as for all the RE doped BaTiO3 except for Er-doped BaTiO3.

  15. Titan's transport-driven methane cycle

    Mitchell, Jonathan L


    The strength of Titan's methane cycle, as measured by precipitation and evaporation, is key to interpreting fluvial erosion and other indicators of the surface-atmosphere exchange of liquids. But the mechanisms behind the occurrence of large cloud outbursts and precipitation on Titan have been disputed. A gobal- and annual-mean estimate of surface fluxes indicated only 1% of the insolation, or $\\sim$0.04 W/m$^2$, is exchanged as sensible and/or latent fluxes. Since these fluxes are responsible for driving atmospheric convection, it has been argued that moist convection should be quite rare and precipitation even rarer, even if evaporation globally dominates the surface-atmosphere energy exchange. In contrast, climate simulations that allow atmospheric motion indicate a robust methane cycle with substantial cloud formation and/or precipitation. We argue the top-of-atmosphere radiative imbalance -- a readily observable quantity -- is diagnostic of horizontal heat transport by Titan's atmosphere, and thus constr...

  16. Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory

    Noyelles, B; Vienne, A


    We study the forced rotation of Titan seen as a rigid body at the equilibrium Cassini state, involving the spin-orbit synchronization. We use both the analytical and the numerical way. We analytically determine the equilibrium positions and the frequencies of the 3 free librations around it, while a numerical integration associated to a frequency analysis give us a more synthetic complete theory, where the free solution is splitted from the forced one. We find a mean obliquity of 2.2 arcmin, and the fundamental frequencies of the free librations of about 2.0977, 167.4883 and 306.3360 years. Moreover, we enlight the main role played by Titan's inclination on its rotation, and we suspect a likely resonance involving Titan's wobble.

  17. Ceramic art in sculpture

    Rokavec, Eva


    Diploma seminar speaks of ceramics as a field of artistic expression and not just as pottery craft. I presented short overview of developing ceramic sculpture and its changing role. Clay inspires design and touch more than other sculpture media. It starts as early as in prehistory. Although it sometimes seems that was sculptural ceramics neglected in art history overview, it was not so in actual praxis. There is a rich tradition of ceramics in the East and also in Europe during the renaissanc...

  18. Protocols for the Fabrication, Characterization, and Optimization of n-Type Thermoelectric Ceramic Oxides

    Boston, R; Schmidt,W.; Lewin, G.D.; Iyasara, A.C.; Lu, Z; Zhang, H; Sinclair, D.C.; Reaney, I.M.


    The development of oxides with high figure of merit, ZT, at modest temperatures (∼300–500 °C) is desirable for ceramic-based thermoelectric generator technology. Although ZT is a compound metric with contributions from thermal conductivity (κ), Seebeck coefficient (S), and electrical conductivity (σ), it has been empirically demonstrated that the key to developing thermoelectric n-type oxides is to optimize σ of the ceramic to ∼1000 S/cm at the operating temperature. Titanate-based perovskite...

  19. Chapman Solar Zenith Angle variations at Titan

    Royer, Emilie M.; Ajello, Joseph; Holsclaw, Gregory; West, Robert; Esposito, Larry W.; Bradley, Eric Todd


    Solar XUV photons and magnetospheric particles are the two main sources contributing to the airglow in the Titan's upper atmosphere. We are focusing here on the solar XUV photons and how they influence the airglow intensity. The Cassini-UVIS observations analyzed in this study consist each in a partial scan of Titan, while the center of the detector stays approximately at the same location on Titan's disk. We used observations from 2008 to 2012, which allow for a wide range of Solar Zenith Angle (SZA). Spectra from 800 km to 1200 km of altitude have been corrected from the solar spectrum using TIMED/SEE data. We observe that the airglow intensity varies as a function of the SZA and follows a Chapman curve. Three SZA regions are identified: the sunlit region ranging from 0 to 50 degrees. In this region, the intensity of the airglow increases, while the SZA decreases. Between SZA 50 and 100 degrees, the airglow intensity decreases from it maximum to its minimum. In this transition region the upper atmosphere of Titan changes from being totally sunlit to being in the shadow of the moon. For SZA 100 to 180 degrees, we observe a constant airglow intensity close to zero. The behavior of the airglow is also similar to the behavior of the electron density as a function of the SZA as observed by Ågren at al (2009). Both variables exhibit a decrease intensity with increasing SZA. The goal of this study is to understand such correlation. We demonstrate the importance of the solar XUV photons contribution to the Titan airglow and prove that the strongest contribution to the Titan dayglow occurs by solar fluorescence rather than the particle impact that predominates at night.

  20. Volatile products controlling Titan's tholins production

    Carrasco, Nathalie


    A quantitative agreement between nitrile relative abundances and Titan\\'s atmospheric composition was recently shown with a reactor simulating the global chemistry occurring in Titan\\'s atmosphere (Gautier et al. [2011]. Icarus, 213, 625-635). Here we present a complementary study on the same reactor using an in situ diagnostic of the gas phase composition. Various initial N 2/CH 4 gas mixtures (methane varying from 1% to 10%) are studied, with a monitoring of the methane consumption and of the stable gas neutrals by in situ mass spectrometry. Atomic hydrogen is also measured by optical emission spectroscopy. A positive correlation is found between atomic hydrogen abundance and the inhibition function for aerosol production. This confirms the suspected role of hydrogen as an inhibitor of heterogeneous organic growth processes, as found in Sciamma-O\\'Brien et al. (Sciamma-O\\'Brien et al. [2010]. Icarus, 209, 704-714). The study of the gas phase organic products is focussed on its evolution with the initial methane amount [CH 4] 0 and its comparison with the aerosol production efficiency. We identify a change in the stationary gas phase composition for intermediate methane amounts: below [CH 4] 0=5%, the gas phase composition is mainly dominated by nitrogen-containing species, whereas hydrocarbons are massively produced for [CH 4] 0>5%. This predominance of N-containing species at lower initial methane amount, compared with the maximum gas-to solid conversion observed in Sciamma-O\\'Brien et al. (2010) for identical methane amounts confirms the central role played by N-containing gas-phase compounds to produce tholins. Moreover, two protonated imines (methanimine CH 2NH and ethanamine CH 3CHNH) are detected in the ion composition in agreement with Titan\\'s INMS measurements, and reinforcing the suspected role of these chemical species on aerosol production. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.

  1. Ceramic to metal seal

    Snow, Gary S. (Albuquerque, NM); Wilcox, Paul D. (Albuquerque, NM)


    Providing a high strength, hermetic ceramic to metal seal by essentially heating a wire-like metal gasket and a ceramic member, which have been chemically cleaned, while simultaneously deforming from about 50 to 95 percent the metal gasket against the ceramic member at a temperature of about 30 to 75 percent of the melting temperature of the metal gasket.

  2. Light element ceramics

    Rao, KJ; Varma, KBR; Raju, AR


    An overview of a few structually important light element ceramics is presented. Included in the overview are silicon nitide, sialon, aluminium nitride, boron carbide and silicon carbide. Methods of preparation, characterization and industrial applications of these ceramics are summarized. Mechanical properties, industrial production techniques and principal uses of these ceramics are emphasized.

  3. Printed Barium Strontium Titanate capacitors on silicon

    Sette, Daniele [Univ. Grenoble Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble (France); CEA, LETI, MINATEC Campus, F-38054 Grenoble (France); Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology LIST, Materials Research and Technology Department, L-4422 Belvaux (Luxembourg); Kovacova, Veronika [Univ. Grenoble Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble (France); CEA, LETI, MINATEC Campus, F-38054 Grenoble (France); Defay, Emmanuel, E-mail: [Univ. Grenoble Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble (France); CEA, LETI, MINATEC Campus, F-38054 Grenoble (France); Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology LIST, Materials Research and Technology Department, L-4422 Belvaux (Luxembourg)


    In this paper, we show that Barium Strontium Titanate (BST) films can be prepared by inkjet printing of sol–gel precursors on platinized silicon substrate. Moreover, a functional variable capacitor working in the GHz range has been made without any lithography or etching steps. Finally, this technology requires 40 times less precursors than the standard sol–gel spin-coating technique. - Highlights: • Inkjet printing of Barium Strontium Titanate films • Deposition on silicon substrate • Inkjet printed silver top electrode • First ever BST films thinner than 1 μm RF functional variable capacitor that has required no lithography.

  4. Carbon Dioxide Adsorption by Calcium Zirconate at Higher Temperature

    K. B. Kale


    Full Text Available The CO2 adsorption by calcium zirconate was explored at pre- and post- combustion temperature condition. The several samples of the calcium zirconate were prepared by different methods such as sol-gel, solid-solid fusion, template and micro-emulsion. The samples of the calcium zirconate were characterized by measurement of surface area, alkalinity/acidity, and recording the XRD patterns and SEM images. The CO2 adsorptions by samples of the calcium zirconate were studied in the temperature range 100 to 850 oC and the CO2 adsorptions were observed in the ranges of 6.88 to 40.6 wt % at 600 0C and 8 to 16.82 wt% at in between the temperatures 200 to 300 oC. The effect of Ca/Zr mol ratio in the samples of the calcium zirconate on the CO2 adsorption and alkalinity were discussed. The adsorbed moisture by the samples of the calcium zirconate was found to be useful for the CO2 adsorption. The promoted the samples of the calcium zirconate by K+, Na+, Rb+, Cs+, Ag+ and La3+ showed the increased CO2 adsorption. The exposure time of CO2 on the samples of the calcium zirconate showed the increased CO2 adsorption. The samples of the calcium zirconate were found to be regenerable and reusable several times for the adsorption of CO2 for at the post- and pre-combustion temperature condition. Copyright © 2012 by BCREC Undip. All rights reservedReceived: 23rd June 2012, Revised: 28th August 2012, Accepted: 30th August 2012[How to Cite: K. B. Kale, R. Y. Raskar, V. H. Rane and A. G.  Gaikwad (2012. Carbon Dioxide Adsorption by Calcium Zirconate at Higher Temperature. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 7 (2: 124-136. doi:10.9767/bcrec.7.2.3686.124-136] [How to Link / DOI: ] | View in 

  5. Bismuth titanate nanorods and their visible light photocatalytic properties

    Pei, L.Z., E-mail:; Liu, H.D.; Lin, N.; Yu, H.Y.


    Highlights: • Bismuth titanate nanorods have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal process. • The size of bismuth titanate nanorods can be controlled by growth conditions. • Bismuth titanate nanorods show good photocatalytic activities of methylene blue and Rhodamine B. - Abstract: Bismuth titanate nanorods have been prepared using a facile hydrothermal process without additives. The bismuth titanate products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) and UV-vis diffusion reflectance spectrum. XRD pattern shows that the bismuth titanate nanorods are composed of cubic Bi{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} phase. Electron microscopy images show that the length and diameter of the bismuth titanate nanorods are 50-200 nm and 2 μm, respectively. Hydrothermal temperature and reaction time play important roles on the formation and size of the bismuth titanate nanorods. UV-vis diffusion reflectance spectrum indicates that bismuth titanate nanorods have a band gap of 2.58 eV. The bismuth titanate nanorods exhibit good photocatalytic activities in the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) and Rhodamine B (RB) under visible light irradiation. The bismuth titanate nanorods with cubic Bi{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} phase are a promising candidate as a visible light photocatalyst.

  6. NMR identification of hexamethylenetetramine and its precursor in Titan tholins: Implications for Titan prebiotic chemistry

    He, Chao; Lin, Guangxin; Smith, Mark A.


    The reddish brown organic haze surrounding Titan has been investigated using methods including remote observation, direct exploration (the Cassini mission) and laboratory simulations, but its formation mechanism and the contributing chemical structures and prebiotic potential are still not well understood. We report here the structural investigation of the 13C and 15N labeled, simulated Titan haze aerosol (tholin) using solution-state NMR. These spectra demonstrate a material composed of a mixture of moderate polymer and small molecules. Hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) is identified as the major small molecule component in the Titan tholin and its precursor (1,3,5-hexahydrotriazine) is also detected. We discuss the formation mechanism of HMT and its implications for Titan and early Earth prebiotic chemistry.

  7. «Granulite» zircons of the Lapland granulite belt

    Kaulina, T.


    An age of the main stage of granulite metamorphism, which followed the overthrusting of the Lapland granulite belt (LGB) is estimated at about 1.91-1.95 Ga (Tugarinov, Bibikova, 1980; Bernard-Griffiths et al., 1984; Bibikova et al., 1993; Mitrofanov et al., 1993). This high-grade metamorphism is dated by U-Pb method on short prismatic gem-quality zircons that are typical for granulites and are interpreted as formed under stress and space-shortage conditions of the high pressure. And the common belief is that these zircon ages are dating the peak conditions of a metamorphic P-T path, since zircon has a high closure temperature of its U-Pb system. We studied rocks with different degree of metamorphism from Yavr and Pados rivers district (Kola Peninsula, Russia) located in the connection zone of the Tanaelv belt and LGB. Samples from the Tanaelv belt were taken from: 1) leucocratic garnet-clinopyroxene-amphibole plagiogneiss, chemically corresponds to andesite and formed under amphibolite facies 2) leucocratic biotite-pyroxene plagiogneiss with mineral association of granulite facies. Lapland granulites are represented by sillimanite-garnet-biotite gneiss from khondalite complex and leuco-mesocratic amphibole-pyroxene-plagioschist, belonging to the charnockite complex. Metamorphic zircons in all studied samples are represented practically by crystals of the same image. These are round or isometric (rarely subidiomorphic-prismatic in mafic granulites) large crystals with bright luster and high transparency. They are colorless or weakly colored into yellowish-pinkish tones. Crystals are zoneless but may contain cores, especially zircons from khondalite, 60% of which contain zoned cores. Thus typically “granulitic” zircon, described in many works, is the dominant type both in granulites of the Lapland belt and in amphiboles gneisses of the Tanaelv belt. Zircons are distinguished by low U contents (up to 100 ppm) and high Th/U and Zr/Hf ratios (0.6-0.7 and 42

  8. Durability of Actinide Ceramic Waste Forms Under Conditions of Granitoid Rocks

    Burakov, B. E.; Anderson, E. B.


    Three samples of {sup 239}Pu-{sup 241}Am-doped ceramics obtained from previous research were used for alteration experiments simulating corrosion of waste forms in ion-saturated solutions. These were ceramics based on: pyrochlore, (Ca,Hf,Pu,U,Gd){sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}, containing 10 wt.% Pu and 0.1 wt.% Am; zircon, (Zr,Pu)SiO{sub 4}, containing 5-6 wt.% Pu and 0.05 wt.% Am; cubic zirconia, (Zr,Gd,Pu)O{sub 2}, containing 10 wt.% Pu and 0.1 wt.% Am. All these samples were milled in an agate mortar to obtain powder with particle sizes less than 30 micron. Sample of granite taken from the depth 500-503 m was studied and then used for preparing ion-saturated water solutions. A rock sample was ground, washed and classified. A fraction with particle size 0.10-0.25 mm was selected for alteration experiments. Powdered ceramic samples were separately placed into deionized water together with ground granite (approximately 1gram granite per 12-ml water) in special Teflon{trademark} vessels and set at 90 C in the oven for 3 months. After alteration experiments, the ceramic powders were studied by precise XRD analysis. Aqueous solutions and granite grains were analyzed for Am and Pu contents. The results show that alteration did not cause significant phase transformation in all ceramic samples. For all altered samples, the Am contents in aqueous solutions after experiments were similar (approximately n x 10{sup 2} Bq/ml) as well as Am amounts absorbed on granite grains (approximately n x 10{sup 5} Bq/g). Results on Pu contents were varied: for the solutions--from 60 Bq/ml for pyrochlore ceramic to 2.1 x 10{sup 3} Bq/ml for zircon ceramic; and for the absorption on granite--from 2.6 x 10{sup 4} Bq/g for zirconia ceramic to 1.4-6.8 x 10{sup 5} Bq/g for pyrochlore and zircon ceramics.

  9. Thin film ceramic thermocouples

    Gregory, Otto (Inventor); Fralick, Gustave (Inventor); Wrbanek, John (Inventor); You, Tao (Inventor)


    A thin film ceramic thermocouple (10) having two ceramic thermocouple (12, 14) that are in contact with each other in at least on point to form a junction, and wherein each element was prepared in a different oxygen/nitrogen/argon plasma. Since each element is prepared under different plasma conditions, they have different electrical conductivity and different charge carrier concentration. The thin film thermocouple (10) can be transparent. A versatile ceramic sensor system having an RTD heat flux sensor can be combined with a thermocouple and a strain sensor to yield a multifunctional ceramic sensor array. The transparent ceramic temperature sensor that could ultimately be used for calibration of optical sensors.

  10. Forming of superplastic ceramics

    Lesuer, D.R.; Wadsworth, J.; Nieh, T.G.


    Superplasticity in ceramics has now advanced to the stage that technologically viable superplastic deformation processing can be performed. In this paper, examples of superplastic forming and diffusion bonding of ceramic components are given. Recent work in biaxial gas-pressure forming of several ceramics is provided. These include yttria-stabilized, tetragonal zirconia (YTZP), a 20% alumina/YTZP composite, and silicon. In addition, the concurrent superplastic forming and diffusion bonding of a hybrid ceramic-metal structure are presented. These forming processes offer technological advantages of greater dimensional control and increased variety and complexity of shapes than is possible with conventional ceramic shaping technology.

  11. Ceramic gas turbine shroud

    Shi, Jun; Green, Kevin E.


    An example gas turbine engine shroud includes a first annular ceramic wall having an inner side for resisting high temperature turbine engine gasses and an outer side with a plurality of radial slots. A second annular metallic wall is positioned radially outwardly of and enclosing the first annular ceramic wall and has a plurality of tabs in communication with the slot of the first annular ceramic wall. The tabs of the second annular metallic wall and slots of the first annular ceramic wall are in communication such that the first annular ceramic wall and second annular metallic wall are affixed.

  12. Creep in ceramics

    Pelleg, Joshua


    This textbook is one of its kind, since there are no other books on Creep in Ceramics. The book consist of two parts: A and B. In part A general knowledge of creep in ceramics is considered, while part B specifies creep in technologically important ceramics. Part B covers creep in oxide ceramics, carnides and nitrides. While covering all relevant information regarding raw materials and characterization of creep in ceramics, the book also summarizes most recent innovations and developments in this field as a result of extensive literature search.

  13. Microstructure evolution during pressureless sintering of bulk oxide ceramics

    Karel Maca


    Full Text Available The author’s experience concerning the infl uence of the choice of different pressureless heating schedules on the fi nal microstructure of oxide ceramic materials is summarized in the paper. Alumina, ceria, strontium titanate, as well as tetragonal (3 mol% Y2O3 and cubic (8 mol% Y2O3 zirconia were cold isostatically pressed or injection moulded and pressureless sintered with different heating schedules – namely with Constant-Rate of Heating with different dwell temperatures (CRH, with Rate-Controlled Sintering (RCS and with Two-Step Sintering (TSS. It was examined whether some of these three sintering schedules, with the same fi nal density achieved, can lead to a decrease of the grain size of sintered ceramics. The results showed that only TSS (and only for selected materials brought significant decrease of the grain size.

  14. The Titan Haze Simulation experiment on COSmIC: Probing Titan's atmospheric chemistry at low temperature

    Sciamma-O'Brien, Ella; Ricketts, Claire L.; Salama, Farid


    The aim of the Titan Haze Simulation (THS) experiment is to contribute to a better understanding of aerosol formation in Titan's atmosphere through the study of the chemical formation pathways that link the simpler gas phase molecules resulting from the first steps of the N2-CH4 chemistry, to the more complex gas phase precursors of aerosols; and more specifically, to investigate the role of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and nitrogenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PANHs), among other hydrocarbons, in this process. In the THS experiment developed at the NASA Ames Cosmic simulation facility (COSmIC), Titan's atmospheric chemistry is simulated by a pulsed plasma jet expansion at temperature conditions (∼150 K) close to those found in Titan's atmosphere in regions where aerosols are formed. In addition, because of the very short residence time of the gas in the plasma discharge, only the initial steps of the chemistry occur, making the COSmIC/THS a unique tool to study the first and intermediate (when adding heavier precursors to the initial N2-CH4 mixture) steps of Titan's atmospheric chemistry at low temperature as shown in the study presented here. We further illustrate the potential of COSmIC/THS for the simulation of Titan's atmospheric chemistry by presenting very promising results from a preliminary comparison of the laboratory data to data from the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer-Ion Beam Spectrometer (CAPS-IBS) instrument.


    Brinkman, K.; Fox, K.; Marra, J.


    The research conducted in this work package is aimed at taking advantage of the long term thermodynamic stability of crystalline ceramics to create more durable waste forms (as compared to high level waste glass) in order to reduce the reliance on engineered and natural barrier systems. Durable ceramic waste forms that incorporate a wide range of radionuclides have the potential to broaden the available disposal options and to lower the storage and disposal costs associated with advanced fuel cycles. Assemblages of several titanate phases have been successfully demonstrated to incorporate radioactive waste elements, and the multiphase nature of these materials allows them to accommodate variation in the waste composition. Recent work has shown that they can be successfully produced from a melting and crystallization process. The objective of this report is to explain the design of ceramic host systems culminating in a reference ceramic formulation for use in subsequent studies on process optimization and melt property data assessment in support of FY13 melter demonstration testing. The waste stream used as the basis for the development and testing is a combination of the projected Cs/Sr separated stream, the Trivalent Actinide - Lanthanide Separation by Phosphorous reagent Extraction from Aqueous Komplexes (TALSPEAK) waste stream consisting of lanthanide fission products, the transition metal fission product waste stream resulting from the transuranic extraction (TRUEX) process, and a high molybdenum concentration with relatively low noble metal concentrations. In addition to the combined CS/LN/TM High Mo waste stream, variants without Mo and without Mo and Zr were also evaluated. Based on the results of fabricating and characterizing several simulated ceramic waste forms, two reference ceramic waste form compositions are recommended in this report. The first composition targets the CS/LN/TM combined waste stream with and without Mo. The second composition targets

  16. TandEM: Titan and Enceladus mission

    Coustenis, A.; Atreya, S.K.; Balint, T.; Brown, R.H.; Dougherty, M.K.; Ferri, F.; Fulchignoni, M.; Gautier, D.; Gowen, R.A.; Griffith, C.A.; Gurvits, L.I.; Jaumann, R.; Langevin, Y.; Leese, M.R.; Lunine, J.I.; McKay, C.P.; Moussas, X.; Muller-Wodarg, I.; Neubauer, F.; Owen, T.C.; Raulin, F.; Sittler, E.C.; Sohl, F.; Sotin, C.; Tobie, G.; Tokano, T.; Turtle, E.P.; Wahlund, J.-E.; Waite, J.H.; Baines, K.H.; Blamont, J.; Coates, A.J.; Dandouras, I.; Krimigis, T.; Lellouch, E.; Lorenz, R.D.; Morse, A.; Porco, C.C.; Hirtzig, M.; Saur, J.; Spilker, T.; Zarnecki, J.C.; Choi, E.; Achilleos, N.; Amils, R.; Annan, P.; Atkinson, D.H.; Benilan, Y.; Bertucci, C.; Bezard, B.; Bjoraker, G.L.; Blanc, M.; Boireau, L.; Bouman, J.; Cabane, M.; Capria, M.T.; Chassefiere, E.; Coll, P.; Combes, M.; Cooper, J.F.; Coradini, A.; Crary, F.; Cravens, T.; Daglis, I.A.; de Angelis, E.; De Bergh, C.; de Pater, I.; Dunford, C.; Durry, G.; Dutuit, O.; Fairbrother, D.; Flasar, F.M.; Fortes, A.D.; Frampton, R.; Fujimoto, M.; Galand, M.; Grasset, O.; Grott, M.; Haltigin, T.; Herique, A.; Hersant, F.; Hussmann, H.; Ip, W.; Johnson, R.; Kallio, E.; Kempf, S.; Knapmeyer, M.; Kofman, W.; Koop, R.; Kostiuk, T.; Krupp, N.; Kuppers, M.; Lammer, H.; Lara, L.-M.; Lavvas, P.; Le, Mouelic S.; Lebonnois, S.; Ledvina, S.; Li, J.; Livengood, T.A.; Lopes, R.M.; Lopez-Moreno, J. -J.; Luz, D.; Mahaffy, P.R.; Mall, U.; Martinez-Frias, J.; Marty, B.; McCord, T.; Salvan, C.M.; Milillo, A.; Mitchell, D.G.; Modolo, R.; Mousis, O.; Nakamura, M.; Neish, C.D.; Nixon, C.A.; Mvondo, D.N.; Orton, G.; Paetzold, M.; Pitman, J.; Pogrebenko, S.; Pollard, W.; Prieto-Ballesteros, O.; Rannou, P.; Reh, K.; Richter, L.; Robb, F.T.; Rodrigo, R.; Rodriguez, S.; Romani, P.; Bermejo, M.R.; Sarris, E.T.; Schenk, P.; Schmitt, B.; Schmitz, N.; Schulze-Makuch, D.; Schwingenschuh, K.; Selig, A.; Sicardy, B.; Soderblom, L.; Spilker, L.J.; Stam, D.; Steele, A.; Stephan, K.; Strobel, D.F.; Szego, K.; Szopa,


    TandEM was proposed as an L-class (large) mission in response to ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Call, and accepted for further studies, with the goal of exploring Titan and Enceladus. The mission concept is to perform in situ investigations of two worlds tied together by location and properties, whose remarkable natures have been partly revealed by the ongoing Cassini-Huygens mission. These bodies still hold mysteries requiring a complete exploration using a variety of vehicles and instruments. TandEM is an ambitious mission because its targets are two of the most exciting and challenging bodies in the Solar System. It is designed to build on but exceed the scientific and technological accomplishments of the Cassini-Huygens mission, exploring Titan and Enceladus in ways that are not currently possible (full close-up and in situ coverage over long periods of time). In the current mission architecture, TandEM proposes to deliver two medium-sized spacecraft to the Saturnian system. One spacecraft would be an orbiter with a large host of instruments which would perform several Enceladus flybys and deliver penetrators to its surface before going into a dedicated orbit around Titan alone, while the other spacecraft would carry the Titan in situ investigation components, i.e. a hot-air balloon (Montgolfi??re) and possibly several landing probes to be delivered through the atmosphere. ?? Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2008.

  17. Dimming titan revealed by the Cassini observations.

    Li, Liming


    Here we report the temporal variation of Titan's emitted energy with the Cassini/CIRS observations. In the northern hemisphere, the hemispheric-average emitted power decreased from 2007 to 2009 and increased from 2009 to 2012-13, which make the net change insignificant (0.1 ± 0.2%) during the period 2007-2013. The decrease from 2007 to 2009 is mainly due to the cooling around the stratospause, and the increase from 2009 to 2012-13 is probably related to temporal variation of atmospheric temperature around the tropopuase in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, the emitted power continuously decreased by 5.0 ± 0.6% from 2.40 ± 0.01 W/m(2) in 2007 to 2.28 ± 0.01 in 2012-13, which is mainly related to Titan's seasonal variation. The asymmetry in the temporal variation between the two hemispheres results in the global-average emitted power decreasing by 2.5 ± 0.6% from 2.41 ± 0.01 W/m(2) in 2007 to 2.35 ± 0.01 W/m(2) in 2012-13. The solar constant at Titan decreased by ~13.0% in the same period 2007-2013, which is much stronger than the temporal variation of emitted power. The measurements of Titan's absorbed solar power are needed to determine the temporal variation of the global energy budget.

  18. Dunes on Titan observed by Cassini Radar

    Radebaugh, J.; Lorenz, R.D.; Lunine, J.I.; Wall, S.D.; Boubin, G.; Reffet, E.; Kirk, R.L.; Lopes, R.M.; Stofan, E.R.; Soderblom, L.; Allison, M.; Janssen, M.; Paillou, P.; Callahan, P.; Spencer, C.; ,


    Thousands of longitudinal dunes have recently been discovered by the Titan Radar Mapper on the surface of Titan. These are found mainly within ??30?? of the equator in optically-, near-infrared-, and radar-dark regions, indicating a strong proportion of organics, and cover well over 5% of Titan's surface. Their longitudinal duneform, interactions with topography, and correlation with other aeolian forms indicate a single, dominant wind direction aligned with the dune axis plus lesser, off-axis or seasonally alternating winds. Global compilations of dune orientations reveal the mean wind direction is dominantly eastwards, with regional and local variations where winds are diverted around topographically high features, such as mountain blocks or broad landforms. Global winds may carry sediments from high latitude regions to equatorial regions, where relatively drier conditions prevail, and the particles are reworked into dunes, perhaps on timescales of thousands to tens of thousands of years. On Titan, adequate sediment supply, sufficient wind, and the absence of sediment carriage and trapping by fluids are the dominant factors in the presence of dunes. ?? 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Detection of Propene in Titan's Stratosphere

    Nixon, Conor A; Bezard, Bruno; Vinatier, Sandrine; Teanby, Nicholas A; Sung, Keeyoon; Ansty, Todd M; Irwin, Patrick G J; Gorius, Nicolas; Cottini, Valeria; Coustenis, Athena; Flasar, F Michael


    The Voyager 1 flyby of Titan in 1980 gave a first glimpse of the chemical complexity of Titan's atmosphere, detecting many new molecules with the infrared spectrometer (IRIS). These included propane (C3H8) and propyne (CH3C2H), while the intermediate-sized C3Hx hydrocarbon (C3H6) was curiously absent. Using spectra from the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) on Cassini, we show the first positive detection of propene (C3H6) in Titan's stratosphere (5-sigma significance), finally filling the three-decade gap in the chemical sequence. We retrieve a vertical abundance profile from 100-250 km, that varies slowly with altitude from ~2 ppbv at 100 km, to ~5 ppbv at 200 km. The abundance of C3H6 is less than both C3H8 and CH3C2H, and we remark on an emerging paradigm in Titan's hydrocarbon abundances whereby: alkanes > alkynes > alkenes within the C2Hx and C3Hx chemical families in the lower stratosphere. More generally, there appears to be much greater ubiquity and relative abundance of triple-bonded species th...

  20. Evolution of an Early Titan Atmosphere: Comment

    Johnson, Robert E; Volkov, Alexey N


    Escape of an early atmosphere from Titan, during which time NH3 could be converted by photolysis into the present N2 dominated atmosphere, is an important problem in planetary science. Recently Gilliam and Lerman (2014) estimated escape driven by the surface temperature and pressure, which we show gave loss rates that are orders of magnitude too large. Their model, related to Jeans escape from an isothermal atmosphere, was used to show that escape driven only by surface heating would deplete the atmospheric inventory of N for a suggested Titan accretion temperature of ~355 K. Therefore, they concluded that the accretion temperature must be lower in order to retain the present Titan atmosphere. Here we show that the near surface atmospheric temperature is essentially irrelevant for determining the atmospheric loss rate from Titan and that escape is predominantly driven by solar heating of the upper atmosphere. We also give a rough estimate of the escape rate in the early solar system (~10^4 kg/s) consistent wi...

  1. Modeling survey of ices in Titan's stratosphere

    Barth, Erika L.


    Processes in Titan's upper atmosphere, such as photochemical destruction of methane along with the destruction of nitrogen molecules from energetic electrons, result in the production of a number of hydrocarbon and nitrile compounds which are capable of condensing in the colder temperatures of Titan's mid to lower stratosphere. Stratospheric ices can contribute to the opacity of Titan's atmosphere as well as affect the chemistry of the more optically thick clouds seen in the troposphere, should they serve as condensation nuclei. We model the microphysics of a dozen trace species in Titan's atmosphere and show the resulting cloud properties. Clouds form and settle into layers between 50 and 80 km. Condensation timescales can be slow, with half the species only growing to a radius ≲ 1 μ m . Ethane cloud particles grow the largest with radii up to 20 μm. Factors such as the vapor pressure equation, nucleation rate, gas abundance, and temperature profile can have a significant effect on the appearance of the cloud particles. Though the data on optical constants is sparse for many of these ices, estimates show opacities of 10-5 -10-3 for visible wavelengths.

  2. An update of nitrile photochemistry on Titan

    Yung, Yuk L.


    Comparisons are undertaken between laboratory kinetics experiments and Voyager observations in order to shed light on possible chemical reaction pathways to the generation of cyanogen and dicyanoacetylene in Titan's upper atmosphere. The predicted concentrations of the simple nitrile compounds are found to be of a magnitude realistically corresponding to the Voyager observations.

  3. Cassini-Huygens results on Titan's surface

    Athena Coustenis; Mathieu Hirtzig


    Our understanding of Titan, Saturn's largest satellite, has recently been consid-erably enhanced, thanks to the Cassini-Huygens mission. Since the Saturn Orbit Injection in July 2004, the probe has been harvesting new insights of the Kronian system. In par-ticular, this mission orchestrated a climax on January 14, 2005 with the descent of the Huygens probe into Titan's thick atmosphere. The orbiter and the lander have provided us with picturesque views of extraterrestrial landscapes, new in composition but reassuringly Earth-like in shape. Thus, Saturn's largest satellite displays chains of mountains, fields of dark and damp dunes, lakes and possibly geologic activity. As on Earth, landscapes on Titan are eroded and modeled by some alien hydrology: dendritic systems, hydrocarbon lakes, and methane clouds imply periods of heavy rainfalls, even though rain was never observed directly. Titan's surface also proved to be geologically active - today or in the recent past - given the small number of impact craters listed to date, as well as a few possible cryovolcanic features. We attempt hereafter a synthesis of the most significant results of the Cassini-Huygens endeavor, with emphasis on the surface.

  4. Detection of Propene in Titan's Stratosphere

    Nixon, C. A.; Jennings, D. E.; Bézard, B.; Vinatier, S.; Teanby, N. A.; Sung, K.; Ansty, T. M.; Irwin, P. G. J.; Gorius, N.; Cottini, V.; Coustenis, A.; Flasar, F. M.


    The Voyager 1 flyby of Titan in 1980 gave a first glimpse of the chemical complexity of Titan's atmosphere, detecting many new molecules with the infrared interferometer spectrometer (IRIS). These included propane (C3H8) and propyne (CH3C2H), while the intermediate-sized C3H x hydrocarbon (C3H6) was curiously absent. Using spectra from the Composite Infrared Spectrometer on Cassini, we show the first positive detection of propene (C3H6) in Titan's stratosphere (5σ significance), finally filling the three-decade gap in the chemical sequence. We retrieve a vertical abundance profile from 100-250 km, that varies slowly with altitude from 2.0 ± 0.8 ppbv at 125 km, to 4.6 ± 1.5 ppbv at 200 km. The abundance of C3H6 is less than both C3H8 and CH3C2H, and we remark on an emerging paradigm in Titan's hydrocarbon abundances whereby alkanes > alkynes > alkenes within the C2H x and C3H x chemical families in the lower stratosphere. More generally, there appears to be much greater ubiquity and relative abundance of triple-bonded species than double-bonded, likely due to the greater resistance of triple bonds to photolysis and chemical attack.

  5. Crystallization behavior of a barium titanate tellurite glass doped with Eu3+ and Er3+

    Ferreira, Elivelton Alves; Cassanjes, Fábia Castro; Poirier, Gael


    The main objective of this work has been to investigate the crystallization behavior of the glass composition 70TeO2-15BaO-15TiO2 doped with Eu3+ and Er3+ in order to check the possibility of obtaining transparent glass-ceramics containing rare earth-doped BaTiO3 nanocrystals. Glass samples with the ternary composition 70TeO2-15BaO-15TiO2 were synthesized by the melt-quenching method and doped with 0.1% of Eu3+ and Er3+. Thermal properties were investigated by DTA and heat-treatments were applied between Tg and Tx to induce the controlled crystallization of these glasses. One-step and two-step heat treatments were tested and the final glass-ceramics characterized by X-ray diffraction and UV-Vis absorption. It has been shown that transparent glass-ceramics can be obtained after heat-treatment but barium titanate BaTiO3 is hardly precipitated without coprecipitation of another crystalline phase identified as an isostructure of lanthanum tellurate. In addition, the crystalline volume fraction is relatively small in these transparent samples. Finally, Gold doping has been shown to be very effective to promote a volume nucleation and preferential crystallization of BaTiO3 over the other crystalline phases.

  6. Modeling injection molding of net-shape active ceramic components.

    Baer, Tomas (Gram Inc.); Cote, Raymond O.; Grillet, Anne Mary; Yang, Pin; Hopkins, Matthew Morgan; Noble, David R.; Notz, Patrick K.; Rao, Rekha Ranjana; Halbleib, Laura L.; Castaneda, Jaime N.; Burns, George Robert; Mondy, Lisa Ann; Brooks, Carlton, F.


    To reduce costs and hazardous wastes associated with the production of lead-based active ceramic components, an injection molding process is being investigated to replace the current machining process. Here, lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic particles are suspended in a thermoplastic resin and are injected into a mold and allowed to cool. The part is then bisque fired and sintered to complete the densification process. To help design this new process we use a finite element model to describe the injection molding of the ceramic paste. Flow solutions are obtained using a coupled, finite-element based, Newton-Raphson numerical method based on the GOMA/ARIA suite of Sandia flow solvers. The evolution of the free surface is solved with an advanced level set algorithm. This approach incorporates novel methods for representing surface tension and wetting forces that affect the evolution of the free surface. Thermal, rheological, and wetting properties of the PZT paste are measured for use as input to the model. The viscosity of the PZT is highly dependent both on temperature and shear rate. One challenge in modeling the injection process is coming up with appropriate constitutive equations that capture relevant phenomenology without being too computationally complex. For this reason we model the material as a Carreau fluid and a WLF temperature dependence. Two-dimensional (2D) modeling is performed to explore the effects of the shear in isothermal conditions. Results indicate that very low viscosity regions exist near walls and that these results look similar in terms of meniscus shape and fill times to a simple Newtonian constitutive equation at the shear-thinned viscosity for the paste. These results allow us to pick a representative viscosity to use in fully three-dimensional (3D) simulation, which because of numerical complexities are restricted to using a Newtonian constitutive equation. Further 2D modeling at nonisothermal conditions shows that the choice of

  7. Titan: a laboratory for prebiological organic chemistry

    Sagan, C.; Thompson, W. R.; Khare, B. N.


    When we examine the atmospheres of the Jovian planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), the satellites in the outer solar system, comets, and even--through microwave and infrared spectroscopy--the cold dilute gas and grains between the stars, we find a rich organic chemistry, presumably abiological, not only in most of the solar system but throughout the Milky Way galaxy. In part because the composition and surface pressure of the Earth's atmosphere 4 x 10(9) years ago are unknown, laboratory experiments on prebiological organic chemistry are at best suggestive; but we can test our understanding by looking more closely at the observed extraterrestrial organic chemistry. The present Account is restricted to atmospheric organic chemistry, primarily on the large moon of Saturn. Titan is a test of our understanding of the organic chemistry of planetary atmospheres. Its atmospheric bulk composition (N2/CH4) is intermediate between the highly reducing (H2/He/CH4/NH3/H2O) atmospheres of the Jovian planets and the more oxidized (N2/CO2/H2O) atmospheres of the terrestrial planets Mars and Venus. It has long been recognized that Titan's organic chemistry may have some relevance to the events that led to the origin of life on Earth. But with Titan surface temperatures approximately equal to 94 K and pressures approximately equal to 1.6 bar, the oceans of the early Earth have no ready analogue on Titan. Nevertheless, tectonic events in the water ice-rich interior or impact melting and slow re-freezing may lead to an episodic availability of liquid water. Indeed, the latter process is the equivalent of a approximately 10(3)-year-duration shallow aqueous sea over the entire surface of Titan.

  8. Advanced ceramic coating development for industrial/utility gas turbines

    Vogan, J. W.; Stetson, A. R.


    A program was conducted with the objective of developing advanced thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems. Coating application was by plasma spray. Duplex, triplex and graded coatings were tested. Coating systems incorporated both NiCrAly and CoCrAly bond coats. Four ceramic overlays were tested: ZrO2.82O3; CaO.TiO2; 2CaO.SiO2; and MgO.Al2O3. The best overall results were obtained with a CaO.TiO2 coating applied to a NiCrAly bond coat. This coating was less sensitive than the ZrO2.8Y2O3 coating to process variables and part geometry. Testing with fuels contaminated with compounds containing sulfur, phosphorus and alkali metals showed the zirconia coatings were destabilized. The calcium titanate coatings were not affected by these contaminants. However, when fuels were used containing 50 ppm of vanadium and 150 ppm of magnesium, heavy deposits were formed on the test specimens and combustor components that required frequent cleaning of the test rig. During the program Mars engine first-stage turbine blades were coated and installed for an engine cyclic endurance run with the zirconia, calcium titanate, and calcium silicate coatings. Heavy spalling developed with the calcium silicate system. The zirconia and calcium titanate systems survived the full test duration. It was concluded that these two TBC's showed potential for application in gas turbines.

  9. Ternary Phase Diagrams that Relate to the Plutonium Immobilization Ceramic

    Ebbinghaus, B b; Krikorian, O H; Vance, E R; Stewart, M W


    The plutonium immobilization ceramic consists primarily of a pyrochlore titanate phase of the approximate composition Ca{sub 0.97}Hf{sub 0.17}Pu{sub 0.22}U{sub 0.39}Gd{sub 0.24} Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}. In this study, a series of ternary phase diagrams was constructed to evaluate the relationship of various titanate phases (e.g., brannerite, zirconolite-2M, zirconolite-4M, and perovskite) to pyrochlore titanates, usually in the presence of excess TiO{sub 2} (rutile), and at temperatures in the vicinity of 1350 C. To facilitate the studies, U, Th, and Ce were used as surrogates for Pu in a number of the phase diagrams in addition to the use of Pu itself. The effects of impurity oxides, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MgO, were also studied on pyrochlore (Gd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}) and zirconolite (CaHfTi{sub 2}O{sub 7}) mixtures. Either electron microprobe (at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) or quantitative SEM-EDS (at Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization) were used to evaluate the compositions of the phases.

  10. Static Electric Field Energy-Storaging Characteristics of PbLa(Zr,Sn,Ti)O3 Ceramics%PbLa(Zr,Sn,Ti)O3反铁电陶瓷的静电场能存储特性

    张崇辉; 朱长军; 王晓娟


    In order to find out about the static electric field energy-storaging characteristics of lead zirconate stannate titanate ceramics doped with lanthanum,PbLa(Zr,Sn,Ti)O3 (PLZST)ceramics with different Sn/Zr ratios were fabricated using the conventional solid-state reaction of oxide method.The compositions of samples are all close to phase bound of ferroelectric (FE ) and antiferroelectric (AFE).The energy-storaging characteristics of PLZST ceramics were investigated experimentally through hydrostatic pressure induced discharging.The results show polarized PLZST ceramics in the DC field are in a meta-stable FE state.Phase transitions from FE to AFE occur under the influence of the pressure,and the static electric field energy stored via polarization is released instantly,which leads to high-power current pulses.PLZST ceramics are totally depolarized after the discharging.The largest discharge current density and the largest electric field density are 5.0 nA/cm2 and 9.45 J/cm3 respectively. PLZST ceramics are ideal materials for explosive energy converter’s power supply.%为了研究微量掺镧的反铁电陶瓷锆锡钛酸铅(PbLa(Zr,Sn,Ti)O 3,PLZST)的静态存储电场能量的特性,采用传统的氧化物固态反应的陶瓷制备工艺,制备了4个锆锡比不同的PLZST陶瓷样品,样品组分均位于PLZST相图中铁电-反铁电相界附近。通过等静压压致放电的实验方法研究了PLZST陶瓷放电特性。结果表明,经过充分极化的 PLZST处于亚稳态的铁电相,在压力作用下,PLZST 发生铁电反铁电相变,把在直流电场下极化时储存于PLZST陶瓷的静电场能量瞬间释放出来,从而得到极高功率的电脉冲。最终,样品完全退极化,最大放电电流密度达到5.0 nA/cm2,样品的静电场储能密度最高可达9.45 J/cm3,因此PLZST陶瓷是爆电换能电源的理想材料。

  11. The friction and wear of ceramic/ceramic and ceramic/metal combinations in sliding contact

    Sliney, Harold E.; Dellacorte, Christopher


    The tribological characteristics of ceramics sliding on ceramics are compared to those of ceramics sliding on a nickel-based turbine alloy. The friction and wear of oxide ceramics and silicon-based ceramics in air at temperatures from room ambient to 900 C (in a few cases to 1200 C) were measured for a hemispherically-tipped pin on a flat sliding contact geometry. In general, especially at high temperature, friction and wear were lower for ceramic/metal combinations than for ceramic/ceramic combinations. The better tribological performance for ceramic/metal combinations is attributed primarily to the lubricious nature of the oxidized surface of the metal.

  12. Gondwana to Pangea: a detrital zircons tale from NW Iberia

    Pastor-Galán, Daniel; Gutiérrez-Alonso, Gabriel; Brendan Murphy, J.; Fernández-Suárez, Javier; Hofmann, Mandy; Linnemann, Ulf


    The Cantabrian Zone of NW Iberia preserves a voluminous, almost continuous, sedimentary sequence that ranges from Neoproterozoic to Early Permian in age. Its tectonic setting is controversial and recent hypotheses include (i) passive margin deposition along the northern margin of Gondwana or (ii) an active continental margin or (iii) a drifting ribbon continent. In this paper we present detrital zircon U-Pb laser ablation age data from 13 samples from the Cantabrian Zone sequence ranging from Early Silurian to Early Permian in depositional age, which, together with previously published detrital zircon ages from Ediacaran-Ordovician strata, allow a comprehensive analysis of changing provenance through time. Laser ablation U-Pb geochronological analysis of detrital zircons in thirteen samples of the Cantabrian Zone of the NW Iberian Variscan belt reveal that this portion of Iberia was part of the northern passive-margin of Gondwana from the Ordovician to Late Devonian, until the onset of collision between Gondwana and Laurentia. Zircon populations in these samples show important similarities with zircons found in coeval detrital rocks from central North Africa. Additionally, the populations found in NW Iberia are coherent with a Saharan source. We suggest that NW Iberia was situated from Ordovician to Late Devonian along the Gondwana northern passive margin close to the paleoposition of central North Africa and Saharan craton. Additionally, the Carboniferous-Permian samples studied record the provenance changes produced during the Variscan collision and basement exhumation, the Cantabrian orocline formation and the subsequent detachment of the lithospheric mantle. The provenance changes reflect major topographic variations due to the afore mentioned processes during Late Devonian to Early Permian times. Detrital zircon studies are a useful tool that can complement regional syntheses in deducing paleogeographic locations, the occurrence of major tectonic events such

  13. Protocol for TL dating with zircon : Computer simulation of temperature and dose rate effects

    Turkin, AA; Van Es, HJ; Vainshtein, DI; den Hartog, HW


    Natural zircon is irradiated internally by U and Th impurities. After exposure to ionizing irradiation zircon exhibits thermoluminescence (TL), which can be used to calculate the irradiation dose and the sample age. A kinetic model for TL of zircon developed earlier is used to model the processes

  14. Dielectric behaviour of (Ba0.77Ca0.23(Ti0.98Dy0.02O3 ceramics

    Abdul Moquim


    Full Text Available In this study, BaTiO3 is modified with Ca2+ and in addition doped with Dy3+ at the B site lattice. The main idea is to search for new lead-free ferroelectric material and improve their properties. For this purpose, the barium calcium titanate (BCT as a host and the rare earth element Dy3+ as an activator were used to fabricate a multifunctional material. The obtained ceramics was found to be homogeneous, dense and a single phase material with no evidence of secondary phases. The dielectric study showed that TC increases with the addition of dopants and the obtained ceramics behaves like a relaxor ferroelectric. Some important structural parameters and dielectric properties of dysprosium modified barium (calcium titanate ceramics are presented.

  15. Analyses of fine paste ceramics

    Sabloff, J A [ed.


    Four chapters are included: history of Brookhaven fine paste ceramics project, chemical and mathematical procedures employed in Mayan fine paste ceramics project, and compositional and archaeological perspectives on the Mayan fine paste ceramics. (DLC)

  16. Zircon SHRIMP dating of granite from Qaidamshan,NW China


    Zircon SHRIMP dating from Qaidamshan granite shows that the granite age is 446 Ma, similar to that of eclogite in the UHP belt. We think that both granite and eclogite may be formed at different stages during tectonic evolution of this area. Together with other studies we suggested that the collision of ocean and continent plates may occur at the early Caledonian in this area, forming the eclogite, and the collision of continent and continent plates at the late Caledonian, forming the Qaidamshan granite with the zircon SHRIMP age of 446 Ma.

  17. Ceramic laser materials

    Ikesue, Akio; Aung, Yan Lin


    The word 'ceramics' is derived from the Greek keramos, meaning pottery and porcelain. The opaque and translucent cement and clay often used in tableware are not appropriate for optical applications because of the high content of optical scattering sources, that is, defects. Recently, scientists have shown that by eliminating the defects, a new, refined ceramic material - polycrystalline ceramic - can be produced. This advanced ceramic material offers practical laser generation and is anticipated to be a highly attractive alternative to conventional glass and single-crystal laser technologies in the future. Here we review the history of the development of ceramic lasers, the principle of laser generation based on this material, some typical results achieved with ceramic lasers so far, and discuss the potential future outlook for the field.

  18. Antibacterial ceramic for sandbox. Sunabayo kokin ceramics

    Yamamoto, K. (Ishizuka Glass Co. Ltd. Nagoya (Japan))


    Sands in sandboxes in parks have been called into question of being contaminated by colon bacilli and spawns from ascarides. This paper introduces an antibacterial ceramic for sandbox developed as a new material effective to help reduce the contamination. The ceramic uses natural sand as the main raw material, which is added with borax and silver to contain silver ions that have bacteria and fungus resistance and deodorizing effect. The ceramic has an average grain size ranging from 0.5 mm to 0.7 mm, and is so devised as to match specific gravity, grain size and shape of the sand, hence no separation and segregation can occur. The result of weatherability and antibacterial strength tests on sand for a sandbox mixed with the ceramic at 1% suggests that its efficacy lasts for about three years. Its actual use is under observation. Its efficacy has been verified in a test that measures a survival factor of spawns from dog ascardides contacted with aqueous solution containing the ceramic at 1%. Safety and sanitation tests have proved the ceramic a highly safe product that conforms to the food sanitation law. 5 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  19. Wettability of TiAl alloy melt on ceramic moulds in electromagnetic field

    LI Bang-sheng; LIU Ai-hui; NAN Hai; BI Wei-sheng; GUO Jing-jie; FU Heng-zhi


    In the electromagnetic field, the wettability between Ti50Al alloy melt and oxide ceramic moulds was studied by the self-designed measuring apparatus. The thermodynamic and kinetic laws and mechanism on wetting were studied systematically. The results show that in the electromagnetic field, the order of contact angles for the molten Ti50Al alloy for the eight oxide materials is θ(Y2O3)θ(ZrO2(Y2O3))θ(ZrO2(CaO))θ(CaO)θ(ZrO2(MgO))θ(Al2O3)θ(Zircon)θ(MgO). The wetting process of Ti50Al alloy and ceramic moulds includes the nonreactive wetting at the first stage, and the reactive wetting at the final stage. And the higher the ceramic chemical stability, the longer the nonreactive wetting time.

  20. Titan's Obliquity as evidence for a subsurface ocean?

    Baland, Rose-Marie; Yseboodt, Marie; Karatekin, Ozgur


    On the basis of gravity and radar observations with the Cassini spacecraft, the moment of inertia of Titan and the orientation of Titan's rotation axis have been estimated in recent studies. According to the observed orientation, Titan is close to the Cassini state. However, the observed obliquity is inconsistent with the estimate of the moment of inertia for an entirely solid Titan occupying the Cassini state. We propose a new Cassini state model for Titan in which we assume the presence of a liquid water ocean beneath an ice shell and consider the gravitational and pressure torques arising between the different layers of the satellite. With the new model, we find a closer agreement between the moment of inertia and the rotation state than for the solid case, strengthening the possibility that Titan has a subsurface ocean.

  1. Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites



    Fiber-reinforced ceramic composites demonstrate the high-temperature stability of ceramics--with an increased fracture toughness resulting from the fiber reinforcement of the composite. The material optimization performed under the continuous fiber ceramic composites (CFCC) included a series of systematic optimizations. The overall goals were to define the processing window, to increase the robustinous of the process, to increase process yield while reducing costs, and to define the complexity of parts that could be fabricated.

  2. Study on the Structure and Dielectric Properties of ZnO and Nb 2 O 5 Co-doped Barium Strontium Titanate Ceramics%ZnO和Nb2O5共掺杂钛酸锶钡陶瓷的结构及其介电性能研究

    王俊岭; 周恒为; 马晓娇; 丁捷; 徐凡华; 衡晓; 雷婷; 尹红梅


    ZnO and Nb2O5 co-doped Ba0.2Sr0.8TiO3 ceramics were prepared by the method of solid state reaction. Crystalline structures and complex dielectric constant were measured by X-ray diffraction and dielectric spectra, respectively. The results show that:1) Zinc ions (Zn2+) and Niobium ion (Nb5+) enter the crystal lattice of Ba0.2Sr0.8TiO3 perovskite, and the ceramics have pure structure; 2) with the increase of Nb2O5 contents, the typical dispersion phase transition turns into the relaxation phase transition at low temperature, and a new relaxation processes has been found in the range of 300K-360K; 3) when doped certain amount of ZnO, the dielectric constant decreases and the dielectric loss increases at room temperature with the increasing of Nb 2 O 5 content.%采用固相反应法制备了ZnO、Nb 2 O 5共掺杂Ba 0.2 Sr 0.8 TiO 3陶瓷材料,并用X射线衍射(XRD)和介电谱方法,分别对系列陶瓷样品的结构和复介电常数进行了测量.结果表明:1)Zn2+、Nb5+进入Ba 0.2 Sr 0.8 TiO 3晶格后仍然为钙钛矿型固溶体;2)Nb 2 O 5会使得材料的低温弥散相变过程转变为弛豫相变过程,并在300~360K区域内会出现新的弛豫过程;3)掺入一定量的ZnO后Nb2O5掺入降低了Ba 0.2 Sr 0.8 TiO 3陶瓷材料的介电常数,增大了其介电损耗.

  3. Defect production in ceramics

    Zinkle, S.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Kinoshita, C. [Kyushu Univ. (Japan)


    A review is given of several important defect production and accumulation parameters for irradiated ceramics. Materials covered in this review include alumina, magnesia, spinel silicon carbide, silicon nitride, aluminum nitride and diamond. Whereas threshold displacement energies for many ceramics are known within a reasonable level of uncertainty (with notable exceptions being AIN and Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}), relatively little information exists on the equally important parameters of surviving defect fraction (defect production efficiency) and point defect migration energies for most ceramics. Very little fundamental displacement damage information is available for nitride ceramics. The role of subthreshold irradiation on defect migration and microstructural evolution is also briefly discussed.

  4. Dielectric characterization of low-loss calcium strontium titanate fibers produced by laser floating zone technique for wireless communication

    Amaral, F. [Department of Physics and I3N, University of Aveiro, 3810-193, Aveiro (Portugal); Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, 3000-271, Coimbra (Portugal); Valente, M.A.; Costa, L.C.; Costa, F.M. [Department of Physics and I3N, University of Aveiro, 3810-193, Aveiro (Portugal)


    Wireless communication technology assisted to a huge development during the last two decades, responding to the growing demand for small size and low weight devices such as cell phones and global positioning systems. The need for miniaturization and higher autonomy resulted in the development of new dielectric oxide ceramics with very specific properties, to be applied as dielectric resonators in filters, oscillators, and antennas. Some crucial properties as a high quality factor, high dielectric constant, and near zero temperature coefficient of resonant frequency must be considered during the selection of the appropriate materials. The present work deals with the preparation of calcium titanate (CaTiO{sub 3}), strontium titanate (SrTiO{sub 3}), and calcium strontium titanate (Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}TiO{sub 3}) fibers produced by laser floating zone (LFZ) technique. Our results show that fibers grown at lower pulling rates exhibit higher ε', for all the studied frequency range, including the microwave region. Moreover, the quality factor is always high envisaging the possibility to include these materials in future wireless device applications. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  5. Magnetic properties of ferrite-titanate nanostructured composites synthesized by the polyol method and consolidated by spark plasma sintering

    Acevedo, Ulises; Gaudisson, Thomas; Ortega-Zempoalteca, Raul; Nowak, Sophie; Ammar, Souad; Valenzuela, Raul


    Multiferroic systems formed by a mixing of a ferroelectric phase and a ferrimagnetic phase are receiving significant attention because of their wide possibilities for tailoring properties. In this work, the magnetic properties of the cobalt ferrite-barium titanate system were investigated on samples prepared by an original combination of synthesis methods. Cobalt ferrite and barium titanate nanoparticles were synthesized separately by hydrolysis of the metal acetates in a polyol method. Both materials were mixed in a 1:1 ratio and consolidated by spark plasma sintering at 500 °C for 5 min. A high density nanostructured ceramic was obtained with grains smaller than 100 nm and a density about 80% of the theoretical value. Magnetic hysteresis loops showed a hard magnet behavior, with a coercive field larger than cobalt ferrite alone prepared under the same conditions. δM reversible magnetization plots exhibited dipolar interactions with a maximum at the coercive field. These results are interpreted in terms of an efficient mixing of the components, which strongly decreases the magnetic percolation in the composite by separating ferrite grains by titanate grains.

  6. Verification of the flexoelectricity in barium strontium titanate through d33 meter

    Shu, Longlong; Wang, Tong; Jiang, Xiaoning; Huang, Wenbin


    Flexoelectricity is a newly arising electromechanical property that couples strain gradient to polarization. This physical property widely exists in most of the solid dielectrics but has quite weak response that often overlooked. Recently, barium strontium titanate (BST), a well-known ferroelectrics, has been reported to be a promising flexoelectric material, and thus triggered the associated studies on flexoelectricity to a new height. However, part of the researchers argued the observed flexoelectricity in BST is either by residual piezoelectricity or centric symmetry breaking during the densification process. In this paper, we would verify the flexoelectricity in BST ceramics by many comparison experiments. Our experimental result suggested the observed polarization in BST material is likely to be induced by strain gradient through flexoelectricity.

  7. Verification of the flexoelectricity in barium strontium titanate through d33 meter

    Longlong Shu


    Full Text Available Flexoelectricity is a newly arising electromechanical property that couples strain gradient to polarization. This physical property widely exists in most of the solid dielectrics but has quite weak response that often overlooked. Recently, barium strontium titanate (BST, a well-known ferroelectrics, has been reported to be a promising flexoelectric material, and thus triggered the associated studies on flexoelectricity to a new height. However, part of the researchers argued the observed flexoelectricity in BST is either by residual piezoelectricity or centric symmetry breaking during the densification process. In this paper, we would verify the flexoelectricity in BST ceramics by many comparison experiments. Our experimental result suggested the observed polarization in BST material is likely to be induced by strain gradient through flexoelectricity.

  8. Studies on gas sensing performance of pure and modified barium strontium titanate thick film resistors

    G H Jain; L A Patil; P P Patil; U P Mulik; K R Patil


    Barium strontium titanate ((Ba0.87Sr0.13)TiO3–BST) ceramic powder was prepared by mechanochemical process. The thick films of different thicknesses of BST were prepared by screen-printing technique and gas-sensing performance of these films was tested for various gases. The films showed highest response and selectivity to ammonia gas. The effect of film thickness on gas response was also studied. As prepared BST thick films were surface modified by dipping them into an aqueous solution of titanium chloride (TiCl3) for different intervals of time. Surface modification shifted response to H2S gas suppressing the responses to ammonia and other gases. The surface modification, using dipping process, altered the adsorbate–adsorbent interactions, which gave the unusual sensitivity and selectivity effect. Sensitivity, selectivity, thermal stability, response and recovery time of the sensor were measured and presented.

  9. Genesis of zircon and its constraints on interpretation of U-Pb age

    WU Yuanbao; ZHENG Yongfei


    Zircon U-Pb dating is the most commonly used method for isotopic geochronology. However, it has been a difficult issue when relating zircon U-Pb ages to metamorphic conditions in complex metamorphic rocks. Much progress has been made in the past decade with respect to the genesis of zircon and its constraints on interpretation of U-Pb age. Three methods have been proposed to link zircon U-Ph age to metamorphic conditions: ( I ) internal structure; (ii)trace element feature; (iii) mineral inclusion composition.Magmatic zircon shows typical oscillatory zoning and/or sector zoning, whereas metamorphic zircon has internal structures such as no zoned, weakly zoned, cloudy zoned,sector zoned, planar zoned, and patched zoned ones. Zircons formed in different geological environments generally have characteristic internal structures. Magmatic zircons from different rock types have variable trace element abundances,with a general trend of increasing trace element abundances in zircons from ultramafic through mafic to granitic rocks.Zircons formed under different metamorphic conditions have different trace element characteristics that can be used to relate their formation to metamorphic conditions. It is an effective way to relate zircon growth to certain P-T conditions by studying the trace element partitioning between coexisting metamorphic zircon and garnet in high-grade metamorphic rocks containing both zircon and garnet. Primary mineral inclusions in zircon can also provide unambiguous constraints on its formation conditions. Therefore,interpretation of zircon U-Pb ages can be constrained by its internal structure, trace element composition, mineral inclusion and so on.

  10. Developing Zircon as a Probe of Planetary Impact History

    Wielicki, Matthew


    The identification of Meteor Crater in Arizona as an extraterrestrial impact by Eugene Shoemaker provided the first evidence of this geologic phenomenon and opened the door to a new field of research that has eventually lead to the identification of over ~150 terrestrial impact structures. Subsequently impacts have been evoked in the formation of the moon, delivery of volatiles and bio-precursors to early Earth, creation of habitats for the earliest life and, in more recent times, major mass extinction events. However, understanding the impact flux to the Earth-Moon system has been complicated by the constant weathering and erosion at Earth's surface and the complex nature of impactite samples such that only a hand full of terrestrial craters have been accurately and precisely dated. Currently 40Ar/39Ar step-heating analysis of impactite samples is commonly used to infer impact ages but can be problematic due to the presence of relic clasts, incomplete 40Ar outgassing or excess 40Ar, and recoil and shock effects. The work presented here attempts to develop zircon geochronology to probe planetary impact histories as an alternative to current methods and provides another tool by which to constrain the bolide flux to the Earth-Moon system. Zircon has become the premier geo-chronometer in earth science and geochemical investigation of Hadean zircon from Western Australia has challenged the long-standing, popular conception that the near-surface Hadean Earth was an uninhabitable and hellish world; Zircons may preserve environmental information regarding their formation and thus provide a rare window into conditions on early Earth. Isotopic and petrologic analyses of these ancient grains have been interpreted to suggest that early Earth was more habitable than previously envisioned, with water oceans, continental crust, and possibly even plate tectonics. The Hadean is also suspected to be a time of major planetary bombardment however identifying impact signatures within

  11. The identification of liquid ethane in Titan's Ontario Lacus.

    Brown, R H; Soderblom, L A; Soderblom, J M; Clark, R N; Jaumann, R; Barnes, J W; Sotin, C; Buratti, B; Baines, K H; Nicholson, P D


    Titan was once thought to have global oceans of light hydrocarbons on its surface, but after 40 close flybys of Titan by the Cassini spacecraft, it has become clear that no such oceans exist. There are, however, features similar to terrestrial lakes and seas, and widespread evidence for fluvial erosion, presumably driven by precipitation of liquid methane from Titan's dense, nitrogen-dominated atmosphere. Here we report infrared spectroscopic data, obtained by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) on board the Cassini spacecraft, that strongly indicate that ethane, probably in liquid solution with methane, nitrogen and other low-molecular-mass hydrocarbons, is contained within Titan's Ontario Lacus.

  12. Remember the Titans: A Theoretical Analysis

    Rameca Leary


    Full Text Available This paper addresses a pivotal time in American history, when a 1971 Supreme Court mandate required southern school districts to end segregation (Daugherity, 2011. In Alexandria, Virginia, the merger of three rival high schools yielded a racially diverse football team and coaching staff. Beforehand, blacks and whites had their own schools. Many wondered how the new T.C. Williams Titans football team would fare. This paper takes an in-depth look at the film, Remember the Titans, which is based on this story. It analyzes the film using Gordon Allport’s (1954 Intergroup Contact Theory to assess how people from different backgrounds interact within group settings. It explores how communication barriers and the absence of knowledge can lead to ignorance. A 21st century legacy is also discussed, including ideas for further research.

  13. Nitrogen photofixation on nanostructured iron titanate films.

    Rusina, Olga; Linnik, Oksana; Eremenko, Anna; Kisch, Horst


    A nanostructured iron titanate thin film has been prepared by a sol-gel method from iron(III) chloride and titanium tetraisopropylate. Energy-dispersive X-ray analysis and Mössbauer spectroscopy suggest the presence of a Fe(2)Ti(2)O(7) phase, which was previously obtained as an intermediary phase upon heating ilmenite. In the presence of ethanol or humic acids and traces of oxygen, the novel film photocatalyzes the fixation of dinitrogen to ammonia (17 microM) and nitrate (45 microM). In the first observable reaction step, hydrazine is produced and then undergoes further photoreduction to ammonia. Oxidation of the latter by oxygen affords nitrate as the final product. Since the reaction occurs also in air and with visible light (lambda>455 nm), and since the iron titanate phase may be formed by the weathering of ilmenite minerals, it may be a model for mutual nonenzymatic nitrogen fixation in nature.

  14. Remember the Titans: A Theoretical Analysis

    Rameca Leary


    Full Text Available This paper addresses a pivotal time in American history, when a 1971 Supreme Court mandate required southern school districts to end segregation (Daugherity, 2011. In Alexandria, Virginia, the merger of three rival high schools yielded a racially diverse football team and coaching staff. Beforehand, blacks and whites had their own schools. Many wondered how the new T.C. Williams Titans football team would fare. This paper takes an in-depth look at the film, Remember the Titans, which is based on this story. It analyzes the film using Gordon Allport’s (1954 Intergroup Contact Theory to assess how people from different backgrounds interact within group settings. It explores how communication barriers and the absence of knowledge can lead to ignorance. A 21st century legacy is also discussed, including ideas for further research. 

  15. Role of CA-EDTA on the Synthesizing Process of Cerate-Zirconate Ceramics Electrolyte

    Nur Athirah Abdullah


    Full Text Available The role of a combination between citric acid (CA and ethylenediaminetetra acetic acid (EDTA as chelating agents in preparation of BaCe0.54Zr0.36Y0.1O2.95 powder by a modified sol-gel method is reported. The precursor solutions were prepared from metal nitrate salts (M+, chelating agents (C, and ethylene glycol (EG at molar ratio of M+ : C : EG = 3 : 2 : 3. Chemical and phase transformation of samples during thermal decomposition were analyzed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy. TGA results show that the sample prepared by a combination of CA-EDTA exhibited the lowest thermal decomposition temperature, Ttd since there was no significant weight loss after 750°C. After calcined at 1100°C, the carbonates residue remained in the samples as proven by FTIR results. It was found that the used combination of CA-EDTA acts as a better combustion reagent to increase the reaction rate and influence the thermal decomposition behaviour compared to a single citric acid and EDTA, respectively. Apparently, calcination temperatures above 1100°C are needed to produce a pure perovskitic BaCe0.54Zr0.36Y0.1O2.95.

  16. Reduced Chemical Kinetic Model for Titan Entries

    Romain Savajano


    Full Text Available A reduced chemical kinetic model for Titan's atmosphere has been developed. This new model with 18 species and 28 reactions includes the mainfeatures of a more complete scheme, respecting the radiative fluxes. It has been verified against three key elements: a sensitivity analysis, the equilibrium chemical composition using shock tube simulations in CHEMKIN, and the results of computational fluid dynamics (CFDs simulations.

  17. A Raman Study of Titanate Nanotubes


    The effect of the addition of NaOH or KOH on commercial Degussa Titania P25 ... that the nanotubes are built from a layered titanate structure, ... about 1 mg material into 1 mL ethanol for 10 minutes and a few ... effect of washing on the tube properties. ..... 25 Z.R. Tian, J.A. Voigt, J. Liu, B. McKenzie and H. Xu, J. Am. Chem.

  18. Scalable descriptive and correlative statistics with Titan.

    Thompson, David C.; Pebay, Philippe Pierre


    This report summarizes the existing statistical engines in VTK/Titan and presents the parallel versions thereof which have already been implemented. The ease of use of these parallel engines is illustrated by the means of C++ code snippets. Furthermore, this report justifies the design of these engines with parallel scalability in mind; then, this theoretical property is verified with test runs that demonstrate optimal parallel speed-up with up to 200 processors.

  19. Titan's Isotopic Menagerie: The Cassini CIRS Perspective

    Nixon, Conor A.; Achterberg, R. K.; Bezard, B.; Bjoraker, G. L.; Coustenis, A.; de Kok, R.; Flasar, F. M.; Hewagama, T.; Irwin, P. G. J.; Jennings, D. E.; Jolly, A.; Romani, P. N.; Teanby, N. A.; Vinatier, S.; CIRS Team


    Saturn's long-mysterious moon Titan is gradually yielding up its secrets under the intense scrutiny of the Cassini spacecraft, which has just completed a 4-year prime mission including 45 close flybys of the giant satellite. We here focus on the isotopic composition of the stratosphere, which since Voyager 1 in 1980 has been known to comprise a surprisingly rich mixture of hydrocarbons, nitriles and several oxygen species. These molecules are now understood to originate in the upper atmosphere by chemical processes initiated by the dissociation of the most abundant native species - methane and nitrogen - with some oxygen added from externally-supplied water. Measurements of isotopic ratios in these compounds are important and can provide valuable information on the formation and evolution of Titan's atmosphere. E.g. Chemical processes can cause isotopic fractionation via the 'kinetic isotope effect' (KIE). Cassini's Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS), which is sensitive to thermal infrared radiation from 10-1500 cm-1 (7-1000 micron), is an ideal tool for measuring molecular concentrations and can distinguish between isotopologues due to the shifts in the molecular bands. CIRS has now identified at least eleven isotopologue species in our spectra, with multiple new detections in the past year (13CO2, CO18O, HC13CCCN). CIRS has measured the ratios 12C/13C in a total of seven species, D/H in two species, and 14N/15N and 16O/18O each in one species - the best measurement so far of the important ratio 16O/18O on Titan (346±110). In this presentation we will summarize all our results to date on isotopic ratios, including comparison with Huygens GCMS and other determinations, a discussion of possible isotopic separation in hydrocarbon chains, and formation/evolution implications of these measurements for Titan.

  20. Wind-Induced Atmospheric Escape: Titan

    Hartle, Richard; Johnson, Robert; Sittler, Edward, Jr.; Sarantos, Menelaos; Simpson, David


    Rapid thermospheric flows can significantly enhance the estimates of the atmospheric loss rate and the structure of the atmospheric corona of a planetary body. In particular, rapid horizontal flow at the exobase can increase the corresponding constituent escape rate. Here we show that such corrections, for both thermal and non-thermal escape, cannot be ignored when calculating the escape of methane from Titan, for which drastically different rates have been proposed. Such enhancements are also relevant to Pluto and exoplanets.

  1. Titan's south polar stratospheric vortex evolution

    Teanby, Nicholas A.; Vinatier, Sandrine; Sylvestre, Melody; de Kok, Remco; Nixon, Conor; Irwin, Patrick Gerard Joseph


    Titan experienced northern spring equinox in August 2009 when the south polar region was plunged into perpetual darkness. Following equinox, the south pole experienced the most extreme changes in stratospheric behaviour ever observed: the global stratospheric circulation cell reversed direction (Teanby et al 2012), HCN ice clouds (de Kok et al 2014) and other exotic condensates appeared over the south pole (Jennings et al 2015, West et al 2016), and significant composition and temperature changes occurred (Vinatier et al 2015, Teanby et al 2015, Coustenis et al 2016). Here we use Cassini CIRS limb and nadir observations from 2004-2016 to investigate the evolution of south polar stratospheric temperature and composition in the post-equinox period. Reversal following equinox was extremely rapid, taking less than 6 months (1/60th of a Titan year), which resulted in an initial adiabatic polar hot spot and increased trace gas abundances (Teanby et al 2012). However, rather than develop this trend further as winter progressed, Titan's polar hot spot subsequently disappeared, with the formation of a polar cold spot. Recently in late 2015 / early 2016 a more subdued hotspot began to return with associated extreme trace gas abundances. This talk will reveal the rapid and significant changes observed so far and discuss implications for possible polar feedback mechanisms and Titan's atmospheric dynamics.Coustenis et al (2016), Icarus, 270, Kok et al (2014), Nature, 514, 65-67.Jennings et al (2015), ApJL, 804, L34.Teanby et al (2012), Nature, 491, 732-735.Teanby et al (2015), DPS47, National Harbor, 205.02.Vinatier et al (2015), Icarus, 250, 95-115.West et al (2016), Icarus, 270, 399-408.

  2. Observations of Titan IIIC Transtage Fragmentation Debris

    Cowardin, Heather; Seitzer, P.; Abercromby, K.; Barker, E.; Buckalew, B.; Cardona, T.; Krisko, P.; Lederer, S.


    The fragmentation of a Titan IIIC Transtage (1968-081) on 21 February 1992 is one of only two known break-ups in or near geosynchronous orbit. The original rocket body and 24 pieces of debris are currently being tracked by the U. S. Space Surveillance Network (SSN). The rocket body (SSN# 3432) and several of the original fragments (SSN# 25000, 25001, 30000, and 33511) were observed in survey mode during 2004-2010 using the 0.6-m Michigan Orbital DEbris Survey Telescope (MODEST) in Chile using a broad R filter. This paper presents a size distribution for all calibrated magnitude data acquired on MODEST. Size distribution plots are also shown using historical models for small fragmentation debris (down to 10 cm) thought to be associated with the Titan Transtage break-up. In November 2010, visible broadband photometry (Johnson/Kron-Cousins BVRI) was acquired with the 0.9-m Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System (SMARTS) at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile on several Titan fragments (SSN 25001, 33509, and 33510) and the parent rocket body (SSN 3432). Color index data are used to determine the fragment brightness distribution and how the data compares to spacecraft materials measured in the laboratory using similar photometric measurement techniques. In order to better characterize the break-up fragments, spectral measurements were acquired on three Titan fragments (one fragment observed over two different time periods) using the 6.5-m Magellan telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The telescopic spectra of SSN 25000 (May 2012 and January 2013), SSN 38690, and SSN 38699 are compared with laboratory acquired spectra of materials (e.g., aluminum and various paints) to determine the surface material.

  3. The Titan-Hyperion orbital resonance

    Peale, S. J.


    Considerable effort was spent investigating the applicability of a Hamiltonian averaged over high frequency terms, where long period and secular terms up to second order in eccentricity were kept. The Hamiltonian that is given from the planar, elliptic, restricted three body problem applied to Titan-Hyperion, when the Kepler terms are also expanded to second order in small quantities and several conical transformations are carried out, is presented and discussed.

  4. Encouragement from Jupiter for Europe's Titan Probe


    Huygens will transmit scientific information for 150 minutes, from the outer reaches of Titan's cold atmosphere and all the way down to its enigmatic surface. For comparison, the Jupiter Probe radioed scientific data for 58 minutes as it descended about 200 kilometres into the outer part of the atmosphere of the giant planet. The parachutes controlling various stages of Huygens' descent will rely upon a system for deployment designed and developed in Europe that is nevertheless similar to that used by the Jupiter Probe. The elaborate sequence of operations in Huygens worked perfectly during a dramatic drop test from a stratospheric balloon over Sweden in May 1995, which approximated as closely as possible to events on Titan. The performance of the American Probe at Jupiter renews the European engineers' confidence in their own descent control system, and also in the lithium sulphur-dioxide batteries which were chosen to power both Probes. "The systems work after long storage in space," comments Hamid Hassan, ESA's Project Manager for Huygens. "Huygens will spend seven years travelling to Saturn's vicinity aboard the Cassini Orbiter. The Jupiter Probe was a passenger in Galileo for six years before its release, so there is no reason to doubt that Huygens will work just as well." Huygens will enter the outer atmosphere of Titan at 20,000 kilometres per hour. A heat shield 2.7 metres in diameter will withstand the friction and slow the Probe to a speed at which parachutes can be deployed. The size of the parachute for the main phase of the descent is chosen to allow Huygens to reach the surface in about 2 hours. The batteries powering Huygens will last for about 21/2 hours. Prepared for surprises A different perspective on the Jupiter Probe comes from Jean-Pierre Lebreton, ESA's Project Scientist for Huygens. The results contradicted many preconceptions of the Galileo scientists, particularly about the abundance of water and the structure of cloud layers. Arguments

  5. Summary of ceramic pigments by polymer precursors Pechini method; Sintese de pigmentos ceramicos pelo metodo dos precursores polimericos

    Silva, E.M. da; Galvao, S.B.; Paskocimas, C.A., E-mail: [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil)


    In this work were synthesized nitrate chromium nitrate and iron-doped titanium oxide by the polymeric precursor method, for application as ceramic pigments. The stains were developed between the temperatures 700 deg C to 1000 deg C, in green for chromium oxide and orange for iron. Noticing an increase of its opacity by increasing temperature. Characterization by thermogravimetry (TG) showed strong thermo decomposition from 355 deg C for the chromium oxide and thermo decomposition gradual for the iron. By analysis of X-ray diffraction revealed the formation of crystalline phases as Iron Titanate (FeTiO3) and Chrome Titanate (CrTiO3), respectively. The scanning electron microscopy showed the formation of rounded particles for both oxides. Thus, the synthesized oxides were within the requirements to be applied as pigments and shown to be possible to propose its use in ceramic materials. (author)

  6. Processing, basic characterization and standard dielectric measurements on PLZT x/65/35 (4 ≤ x ≤ 11) ceramics

    Pytel, Krzysztof; Suchanicz, Jan; Livinsh, Maris; Sternberg, Andris


    The influence of external stress (0-800 bar) on the dielectric properties of lead lanthanum zirconium titanate (PLZT) x/65/35 (4 ≤ x ≤ 11) ceramics was investigated. Applying uniaxial pressure leads to a change in the peak intensity of the electric permittivity (ɛ), in its frequency dispersion as well as in the dielectric hysteresis. The peak intensity of ɛ becomes broader and shifts to lower temperatures for PLZT x/65/35 with x = 4, 7, 9.75 and 11, with increasing pressure, on heating. It was concluded that applying uniaxial pressure induces an increase of Tm, and thus has a similar effect as the increase of the Ti ion concentration in the lead zirconium titanate (PZT) system. Results based on nanoregion switching processes under combined electromechanical loading were interpreted. Studies clearly showed that applied stress has a significant influence on the dielectric properties of PLZT ceramics.

  7. Investigating Titan's Atmospheric Chemistry at Low Temperature with the Titan Haze Simulation Experiment

    Sciamma-O'Brien, E. M.; Salama, F.


    Titan, Saturn's largest satellite, possesses a dense atmosphere (1.5 bar at the surface) composed mainly of N2 and CH4. The solar radiation and electron bombardment from Saturn's magnetosphere induces a complex organic chemistry between these two constituents leading to the production of more complex molecules and subsequently to solid aerosols. These aerosols in suspension in the atmosphere form the haze layers giving Titan its characteristic orange color. Since 2004, the instruments onboard the Cassini orbiter have produced large amounts of observational data, unraveling a chemistry much more complex than what was first expected, particularly in Titan's upper atmosphere. Neutral, positively and negatively charged heavy molecules have been detected in the ionosphere of Titan, including benzene (C6H6) and toluene (C6H5CH3). The presence of these critical precursors of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds suggests that PAHs might play a role in the production of Titan's aerosols. The aim of the Titan Haze Simulation (THS) experiment, developed at the NASA Ames COSmIC facility, is to study the chemical pathways that link the simple molecules resulting from the first steps of the N2-CH4 chemistry to benzene, and to PAHs and nitrogen-containing PAHs (PANHs) as precursors to the production of solid aerosols. In the THS experiment, Titan's atmospheric chemistry is simulated by plasma in the stream of a supersonic expansion. With this unique design, the gas mixture is cooled to Titan-like temperature (~150K) before inducing the chemistry by plasma discharge. Due to the short residence time of the gas in the plasma discharge, the THS experiment can be used to probe the first and intermediate steps of Titan's chemistry by injecting different gas mixtures in the plasma. The products of the chemistry are detected and studied using two complementary techniques: Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy and Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry. Thin tholin deposits are also produced

  8. ELEFUNT test results using Titan Fortran under Ardent UNIX/reg sign/ 2. 0 on the Titan

    Cody, W.J.


    This report discusses testing of the regular and ''fast'' elementary function libraries supplied with Titan Fortran on the Ardent Titan computer in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division's Advanced Computing Research Facility. Performance tests were conducted using the ELEFUNT suite of programs from the book Software Manual for the Elementary Functions by Cody and Waite. The quality of Titan arithmetic was checked with the MACHAR and PARANOIA programs. 10 refs., 4 tabs.

  9. Influence of nanogold additives on phase formation, microstructure and dielectric properties of perovskite BaTiO3 ceramics

    Nonkumwong, Jeeranan; Ananta, Supon; Srisombat, Laongnuan


    The formation of perovskite phase, microstructure and dielectric properties of nanogold-modified barium titanate (BaTiO3) ceramics was examined as a function of gold nanoparticle contents by employing a combination of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray, Archimedes principle and dielectric measurement techniques. These ceramics were fabricated from a simple mixed-oxide method. The amount of gold nanoparticles was found to be one of the key factors controlling densification, grain growth and dielectric response in BaTiO3 ceramics. It was found that under suitable amount of nanogold addition (4 mol%), highly dense perovskite BaTiO3 ceramics with homogeneous microstructures of refined grains (~0.5-3.1 μm) and excellence dielectric properties can be produced.

  10. Ceramic Technology Project


    The Ceramic Technology Project was developed by the USDOE Office of Transportation Systems (OTS) in Conservation and Renewable Energy. This project, part of the OTS's Materials Development Program, was developed to meet the ceramic technology requirements of the OTS's automotive technology programs. Significant accomplishments in fabricating ceramic components for the USDOE and NASA advanced heat engine programs have provided evidence that the operation of ceramic parts in high-temperature engine environments is feasible. These programs have also demonstrated that additional research is needed in materials and processing development, design methodology, and data base and life prediction before industry will have a sufficient technology base from which to produce reliable cost-effective ceramic engine components commercially. A five-year project plan was developed with extensive input from private industry. In July 1990 the original plan was updated through the estimated completion of development in 1993. The objective is to develop the industrial technology base required for reliable ceramics for application in advanced automotive heat engines. The project approach includes determining the mechanisms controlling reliability, improving processes for fabricating existing ceramics, developing new materials with increased reliability, and testing these materials in simulated engine environments to confirm reliability. Although this is a generic materials project, the focus is on the structural ceramics for advanced gas turbine and diesel engines, ceramic bearings and attachments, and ceramic coatings for thermal barrier and wear applications in these engines. To facilitate the rapid transfer of this technology to US industry, the major portion of the work is being done in the ceramic industry, with technological support from government laboratories, other industrial laboratories, and universities.

  11. Titanate nanotube coatings on biodegradable photopolymer scaffolds

    Beke, S., E-mail: [Department of Nanophysics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy); Kőrösi, L. [Department of Biotechnology, Nanophage Therapy Center, Enviroinvest Corporation, Kertváros u. 2, H-7632, Pécs (Hungary); Scarpellini, A. [Department of Nanochemistry, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy); Anjum, F.; Brandi, F. [Department of Nanophysics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy)


    Rigid, biodegradable photopolymer scaffolds were coated with titanate nanotubes (TNTs) by using a spin-coating method. TNTs were synthesized by a hydrothermal process at 150 °C under 4.7 bar ambient pressure. The biodegradable photopolymer scaffolds were produced by mask-assisted excimer laser photocuring at 308 nm. For scaffold coating, a stable ethanolic TNT sol was prepared by a simple colloid chemical route without the use of any binding compounds or additives. Scanning electron microscopy along with elemental analysis revealed that the scaffolds were homogenously coated by TNTs. The developed TNT coating can further improve the surface geometry of fabricated scaffolds, and therefore it can further increase the cell adhesion. Highlights: ► Biodegradable scaffolds were produced by mask-assisted UV laser photocuring. ► Titanate nanotube deposition was carried out without binding compounds or additives. ► The titanate nanotube coating can further improve the surface geometry of scaffolds. ► These reproducible platforms will be of high importance for biological applications.

  12. Characterization of clouds in Titan's tropical atmosphere

    Griffith, C.A.; Penteado, P.; Rodriguez, S.; Le, Mouelic S.; Baines, K.H.; Buratti, B.; Clark, R.; Nicholson, P.; Jaumann, R.; Sotin, Christophe


    Images of Titan's clouds, possible over the past 10 years, indicate primarily discrete convective methane clouds near the south and north poles and an immense stratiform cloud, likely composed of ethane, around the north pole. Here we present spectral images from Cassini's Visual Mapping Infrared Spectrometer that reveal the increasing presence of clouds in Titan's tropical atmosphere. Radiative transfer analyses indicate similarities between summer polar and tropical methane clouds. Like their southern counterparts, tropical clouds consist of particles exceeding 5 ??m. They display discrete structures suggestive of convective cumuli. They prevail at a specific latitude band between 8??-20?? S, indicative of a circulation origin and the beginning of a circulation turnover. Yet, unlike the high latitude clouds that often reach 45 km altitude, these discrete tropical clouds, so far, remain capped to altitudes below 26 km. Such low convective clouds are consistent with the highly stable atmospheric conditions measured at the Huygens landing site. Their characteristics suggest that Titan's tropical atmosphere has a dry climate unlike the south polar atmosphere, and despite the numerous washes that carve the tropical landscape. ?? 2009. The American Astronomical Society.

  13. Thermal stability of titanate nanorods and titania nanowires formed from titanate nanotubes by heating

    Brunatova, Tereza; Matej, Zdenek [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics, Prague (Czech Republic); Oleynikov, Peter [Stockholm University, Dept. of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, SE-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden); Vesely, Josef [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Dept. of Physics of Materials, Prague (Czech Republic); Danis, Stanislav [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics, Prague (Czech Republic); Popelkova, Daniela [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague (Czech Republic); Kuzel, Radomir, E-mail: [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics, Prague (Czech Republic)


    The structure of titanate nanowires was studied by a combination of powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and 3D precession electron diffraction. Titania nanowires and titanate nanorods were prepared by heating of titanate nanotubes. The structure of final product depended on heating conditions. Titanium nanotubes heated in air at a temperature of 850 °C decomposed into three phases — Na{sub 2}Ti{sub 6}O{sub 13} (nanorods) and two phases of TiO{sub 2} — anatase and rutile. At higher temperatures the anatase form of TiO{sub 2} transforms into rutile and the nanorods change into rutile nanoparticles. By contrast, in the vacuum only anatase phases of TiO{sub 2} were obtained by heating at 900 °C. The anatase transformation into rutile began only after a longer time of heating at 1000 °C. For the description of anisotropic XRD line broadening in the total powder pattern fitting by the program MSTRUCT a model of nanorods with elliptical base was included in the software. The model parameters — rod length, axis size of the elliptical base, the ellipse flattening parameter and twist of the base could be refined. Variation of particle shapes with temperature was found. - Highlights: • Titanate nanotubes changed to particles of TiO{sub 2} and nanorods of Na{sub 2}Ti{sub 6}O{sub 13} at 850 °C. • With heating time and temperature nanorods transformed to rutile nanoparticles. • X-ray diffraction powder pattern fitting indicated an elliptical shape of nanorod base. • No transition of titanate nanotubes to Na{sub 2}Ti{sub 6}O{sub 13} was found after heating in vacuum. • Heating of titanate nanotubes in vacuum leads to appearance of anatase nanowires.

  14. Plutonium immobilization plant using ceramic in existing facilities at the Savannah River site

    DiSabatino, A., LLNL


    The Plutonium Immobilization Plant (PIP) accepts plutonium (Pu) from pit conversion and from non-pit sources, and through a ceramic immobilization process converts the plutonium into an immobilized form that can be disposed of in a high level waste (HLW) repository. This immobilization process is shown conceptually in Figure 1-1. The objective is to make an immobilized form, suitable for geologic disposal, in which the plutonium is as inherently unattractive and inaccessible as the plutonium in spent fuel from commercial reactors. The ceramic immobilization alternative presented in this report consists of first converting the surplus material to an oxide, followed by incorporating the plutonium oxide into a titanate-based ceramic material that is placed in metal cans.

  15. Evaluating the paleomagnetic potential of single zircon crystals using the Bishop Tuff

    Fu, Roger R; Lima, Eduardo A; Kehayias, Pauli; Araujo, Jefferson F D F; Glenn, David R; Gelb, Jeff; Einsle, Joshua F; Bauer, Ann M; Harrison, Richard J; Ali, Guleed A H; Walsworth, Ronald L


    Zircon crystals offer a unique combination of suitability for high-precision radiometric dating and high resistance to alteration. Paleomagnetic experiments on ancient zircons may potentially constrain the earliest geodynamo, which holds broad implications for the early Earth interior and atmosphere. However, the ability of zircons to record accurately the geomagnetic field has not been fully demonstrated. Here we conduct thermal and room temperature alternating field (AF) paleointensity experiments on 767.1 thousand year old (ka) zircons from the Bishop Tuff, California. The rapid emplacement of these zircons in a well-characterized magnetic field provides a high-fidelity test of the zircons intrinsic paleomagnetic recording accuracy. Successful dual heating experiments on nine zircons measured using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) microscope yield a mean paleointensity of 46.2 +/- 18.8 microtesla (1sigma), which agrees closely with high-precision results from Bishop Tuff whole rock (43...

  16. Effect of Laser Irradiation on Dielectric Properties of PZT-4 Ceramic%激光辐照对PZT-4陶瓷介电性能的影响

    赵艳; 蒋毅坚; 于永明; 季凌飞; 鲍勇


    研究了CO2激光辐照对PZT-4陶瓷介电性能的影响.在一定的激光辐照功率密度下,PZT-4陶瓷的介电常数下降约5%,介电损耗下降约60%,矫顽场增加.结合拉曼光谱、扫描电子显微镜、X射线衍射以及后退火处理探讨了激光辐照PZT-4陶瓷的改性机理,结果表明,激光辐照后陶瓷介电性能的变化主要与其微结构有关,辐照使得陶瓷产生了较大的张应力,晶格常数变大,B位离子更容易偏离氧八面体中心,氧八面体扭曲,使其电畴活性下降,阻碍了极化翻转,材料性能变“硬”.%The effect of CO2 laser irradiation on the dielectric properties of PZT-4 ceramic is investigated. After laser irradiation, dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss of the ceramic decrease 5% and 60% , respectively, and the coercivity increases. The mechanism of the changes are analysed by Raman scattering, scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the annealing process. It is shown that the microstructure changes of the irradiated sample mainly account for the dielectric properties. The CO2 laser irradiation could induce the tension stress, leading to the larger lattice parameter and the deviation of B site ion from the center of oxygen octahedron. The distortion of the oxygen octahedron results in the less activation of electric domains. Therefore, the polarization switching of the electric domains become more difficult, exhibiting the properties of " hard". This suggests that the laser irradiation may offer a new approach for the fabrication of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) based "hard martial" in several seconds without any ions addition.

  17. 烧结温度对PMSZT压电陶瓷相结构和机电性能的影响%The effect of sintering temperature on the phase structure and the properties of PMSZT piezoelectric ceramics

    祝兰; 刘彭义; 陈亚君; 常鹏


    Lead antimony-manganese zirconate titanate (PMSZT) ternary piezoelectric ceramics were prepared by solid-solution processing, and the effects of different sintering temperature on the microstruc-ture and piezoelectric properties were investigated. The experimental results indicate that pure perovskite structure was obtained in the sintefing temperature range. With the increasing of the sintering tempera-ture, phases shift from tetragonal phase to rhombohedral phase, and the mechanical quality factor Q_m, re-duce. Dielectric constant ε,, electromeehanical coupling factor K_p and piezoelectric constant d_33 increase with the increasing of the sintering temperature and then decrease, whereas, dielectric loss tanδ decrease and then increase. The ceramics sintered at 1 200℃have the optimized properties of Q_m = 1 500,ε, =1 866, K_p =0.56, d_33 =326 and tanδ=0.4%.%采用固相合成法制备了三元系压电陶瓷Pb_(0.98)Sr_(0.02)(Mn_(1/3)Sb_(2/3)),(Zr_(0.5) Ti_(0.5)_(1-x)O_3(0

  18. Industrial Ceramics: Secondary Schools.

    New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Bureau of Curriculum Development.

    The expanding use of ceramic products in today's world can be seen in the areas of communications, construction, aerospace, textiles, metallurgy, atomic energy, and electronics. The demands of science have brought ceramics from an art to an industry using mass production and automated processes which requires the services of great numbers as the…

  19. Verification of ceramic structures

    Behar-Lafenetre, S.; Cornillon, L.; Rancurel, M.; Graaf, D. de; Hartmann, P.; Coe, G.; Laine, B.


    In the framework of the "Mechanical Design and Verification Methodologies for Ceramic Structures" contract [1] awarded by ESA, Thales Alenia Space has investigated literature and practices in affiliated industries to propose a methodological guideline for verification of ceramic spacecraft and instr

  20. Nitrogen Chemistry in Titan's Upper Atmosphere

    Kammer, J. A.; Shemansky, D. E.; Zhang, X.; Yung, Y. L.


    Titan’s atmosphere has evolved over time into its current state through complex photochemical processes (Yung et al. 1984), involving nitrogen (N2), the dominant molecular species in the atmosphere, as well as methane (CH4). It has been proposed that this composition may be analogous to the early Earth’s, as it certainly provides an abundance of hydrocarbons the like from which early life may have arisen (Coustenis & Taylor 1999; Lunine 2005). Recent results from the Cassini spacecraft have greatly improved our knowledge of the current state of Titan’s atmosphere, and measurements made by the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) in particular are able to probe the region of interest from 400 km to 1500 km in altitude where much of the photochemistry on Titan occurs (Shemansky et al. 2005, Koskinen et al. 2011). This photochemistry in part converts nitrogen from stable N2 molecules and incorporates it into detectable hydrocarbon products such as HCN, HC3N, and other heavier compounds. Therefore the nitrogen story is of particular interest, and we examine UVIS occultation observations in both the EUV and FUV regions of the spectrum in order to directly retrieve the vertical profiles of N2 in addition to its related hydrocarbon derivatives. Constraints from UVIS on temperature profiles of the upper atmosphere are also examined and compared to current results from the Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS), which probes a region above 1000 km altitude in Titan’s atmosphere (Westlake et al. 2011). References: Coustenis, A., and F. Taylor: “Titan: The Earth-Like Moon”. Singapore: World Scientific, 1999. Koskinen, T. T., et al.: “The mesosphere and thermosphere of Titan revealed by Cassini/UVIS stellar occultations”. Icarus, Vol. 216, pp. 507-534, 2011. Lunine, J. I.: “Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach”. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Addison Wesley, 2005. Shemansky, D. E., et al.: “The Cassini UVIS stellar probe of the Titan atmosphere