Corrosion resistance of modified Î²-Eucryptite
Battu, Laurent P
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The corrosion resistance of chemically modified B-eucryptite (Lio.41 MgO.035AlPO.52-Si0.4804) having low expansion anisotropy and a near zero coefficient of thennal expansion was evaluated. Samples were exposed to aqueous hydrochloride acid at temperatures up to 100°C and environments containing sodium sulfate up to l000°C. The corrosion resistance was characterized by dilatometry, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, weight variations, and mechanical properties variations. The results show that modified B-eucryptite is more severely corroded than commercial lithium-alumina-silicate glass-ceramics when exposed to these environments. Aqueous HCI removes AIP04 from modified B-eucryptite leaving a very porous structure. Molten salt corrodes modified B-eucryptite by penetration of sodium and sulfur which form an alkali melt under the surface. The modulus of rupture and the Young's modulus are reduced by both types of corrosion.
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