Cellular ceramics by slip casting of emulsified suspensions


Cellular ceramics were processed by slip casting of alumina suspensions emulsified with sunflower oil. A model behavior was derived on assuming that the templating dispersed phase and its droplet size distribution are retained as porosity in the resulting cellular ceramics, whereas the continuous ceramic suspension evolves to dense struts and thin inter-pore walls. Representative values of solid load and oil to suspension ratio were selected to seek close packed spatial distribution of nearly spherical. Stirring rate and additions of surfactant were also varied for greater flexibility in adjusting droplet size and rheology of the corresponding emulsified suspensions; this also contributes to minimize undue losses of porosity, relative to the model behavior, and determines microstructural features such as size distributions and average cell size.



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Cesconeto, FR; Frade, JR



This work was supported by project LEANCOMB (refs. 04/SAICT/2015, PTDC/CTM-ENE/2942/2014) and CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials (ref. UID/CTM/50011/2013), financed by COMPETE 2020 Programme and National Funds through the FCT/MEC and when applicable co-financed by FEDER under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement. Additional funding was provided by postdoctoral program abroad CAPES/EDITAL No 46/2017.

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