- CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL Journal
- August 2009
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- In this work the processing steps for producing YSZ thin tubes by means of powder extrusion moulding (PEM) technique are investigated. Different feedstocks were prepared from a commercial YSZ powder and a multicomponent thermoplastic binder system based in polypropylene and paraffin wax. The surface coating of YSZ powder with stearic acid in a high-performance dispersing instrument reduces the viscosity of the feedstock one order of magnitude respect to a feedstock with a same composition and un-coated powder. This fact allows increasing the solid loading up to 58 vol.% to obtain sintering tubes with densities higher than 97% and with wall thickness lower than 200 mum.
- extrusion; electrical conductivity; zro2; fuel cells; tubular electrolyte