Cross-linked Polyvinyl Alcohol as a Binder for Gelcasting and Green Machining
France Chabert, David E Dunstan, George V Franks
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2008
Submicrometer alumina suspensions, dispersed in aqueous acidic solutions of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and 2,5-dimethoxy-2,5-dihydrofuran, have been evaluated for suitability as a cross-linkable binder system for casting complex-shaped ceramic components. Suspensions of up to 50 vol% solids have rheological behavior, which is suitable for pouring and filling molds. Complex-shaped green bodies are then formed by heating the suspension in the mold for a period of time (typically 15-60 min) at moderate temperature (60°-80°C) to gel the suspension. High green densities (58%-62% of full density) can be obtained. The dried green bodies have strength in excess of 1 MPa and may be readily machined. No ..View full abstract
This work was supported by the Australian Research Council through the Cooperative Research Council for Bioproducts.