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Faculty of Engineering

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BibTex format

author = {Chen, Z and Brandon, N},
doi = {10.1016/j.ceramint.2016.02.045},
journal = {Ceramics International},
pages = {8316--8324},
title = {Inkjet Printing and Nanoindentation of Porous Alumina Multilayers},
url = {},
volume = {42},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - The objectives of this study were to analyse the effect of inkjet 3-D printing parameters,particularly the splat overlap distance, for the fabrication of defect-free porous Al2O3 ceramicmultilayers, and to correlate the resulting porosities with the mechanical properties measured usingnanoindentation. An aqua-based alumina ink was used in this study to fabricate the multilayers ondense alumina substrates by inkjet printing. The as-printed specimens were dried and sintered at 1200– 1500 °C. The resulting microstructural features of each specimen and their corresponding porositieswere studied using FIB-SEM. Elastic modulus and hardness were determined using the sphericalnanoindentation technique. Results showed that defect-free porous alumina multilayers with excellentlayer to layer and layer to substrate integrity were successfully fabricated. The porosity-dependence ofthe elastic modulus and hardness was shown to be consistent with values predicted using empiricalexpressions, despite the presence of abnormal grain growth at higher temperatures.
AU - Chen,Z
AU - Brandon,N
DO - 10.1016/j.ceramint.2016.02.045
EP - 8324
PY - 2016///
SN - 0272-8842
SP - 8316
TI - Inkjet Printing and Nanoindentation of Porous Alumina Multilayers
T2 - Ceramics International
UR -
UR -
VL - 42
ER -