Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Spark plasma sintering (SPS) method was used to obtain dense NASICON ceramics with a high-electrical conductivity, which was compared with conventional solid-state sintering. The fully dense NASICON was achieved at a relatively low-sintering temperature of 1100°C, whereas the apparent density of the specimen prepared by conventional sintering was 74% of the theoretical density. The highest conductivity of 1.8 × 10−3 Scm−1 at 25°C, which is comparable to the best value reported, was achieved using the SPS process. Considering the phase, density, and microstructure, it appears that there is more room for improved conductivity by controlling the amount of monoclinic zirconia and the resistive grain-boundary glass phase.
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