Besides its importance for ceramics, mullite has also attracted interest from mineralogists and chemists. This is due to the fact that mullite has a complex real crystal structure, the phase is able to incorporate big amounts of foreign atoms, and that there exists a whole family of mullite–type crystal structures related to actual mullite. The crystal chemistry of mullite opens a wide field of new material developments with specific properties.
This volume gives an overview on the recent knowledge of mullite, mullite ceramics, and mullite matrix composites. It was an important aim of the authors to bring together the expertise of crystallographers, chemists, material scientists and of engineers in order to achieve a better understanding and an improvement of the properties of mullite, but also to identify new application fields of these materials.
The book addresses materials scientists, solid state chemists and physicists, crystallographers and mineralogists alike.
CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY OF MULLITE AND RELATED PHASES
The mullite–type family of crystal structures
The real structure of mullite
Foreign atom incorporation in mullite
Mullite–type gels and glasses
BASIC PROPERIES OF MULLITE
Mechanical properties of mullite
Thermal properties of mullite
Structure–controlled formation of mullite
Phase transformation of mullite
PHASE EQUILIBRIA AND STABILITY OF MULLITE
The Al2O3–SiO2 phase diagram
Influence of environmental conditions on the stability of mullite
Ternary X–Al2O3–SiO2 phase diagrams
SYNTHESIS AND PROCESSING OF MULLITE CERAMICS
Processing of mullite ceramics
Application of mullite ceramics
Chemical gas phase deposited mullite coatings
Plasma and flame sprayed mullite coatings
Application of mullite coatings
Sol–gel derived continuous mullite fibers
Melt grown continuous mullite fibers
MULLITE MATRIX COMPOSITES
Whisker reinforced mullitematrix composites
Continuous fiber reinforced mullite matrix composites
Platelet and particle reinforced composites
Metal reinforced mullite composites
Applications of mullite composites
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