Melt‐Infiltration Processing and Fracture Toughness of Alumina‐Glass Dental Composites

William D. Wolf, Lorraine F Francis, Chun‐Pin ‐P Lin, William H Douglas

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Alumina‐glass composites were prepared by a melt‐infiltration process that is similar to a fabrication method for dental crowns and bridges. Cylindrical alumina samples with green densities ranging from 62% to 72% of theoretical were formed by slip casting followed by sintering at 1100°C for 2 h. A borosilicate glass was infiltrated at 1200°C, resulting in a composite microstructure consisting of fused alumina particles and glass‐filled pores. Fracture toughness of the composites, measured by a chevron‐notch method with a short rod sample, was ∼3.8 MPa·m1/2 and was relatively insensitive to the volume fraction of alumina in the range of 0.62 to 0.72.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2691-2694
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1993


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