Diffusion of Degradation Products in Ceramic Mouldings During Pyrolysis: Effect of Geometry

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Journal Title, Volume, Page: 
Journal of American Ceramics Society, 79, 749 - 755
Year of Publication: 
S.A. Matar
Current Affiliation: 
Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
M.J. Edirisinghe
J.R.G. Evans
E.H. Twizell
Preferred Abstract (Original): 

 A general equation applicable to a sphere, an infinite plate, and an infinite cylinder is used to calculate the transient diffusion of degradation product in a ceramic molding during pyrolysis. The solution includes the concentration-dependent diffusion coefficient for diffusion of monomer in its parent polymer which forms the continuous phase in the ceramic in the as-molded state. In the early stages of pyrolysis, before continuous porosity has developed, the model searches for the critical heating rate above which defects are produced. Reasonable agreement is obtained with experimentally measured critical heating rates for 3-mm-thick plates.