Masters Theses


"The flexural strength and relative Ca concentration at the external surface were measured for a dense alumina aged in deionized water and Ringer's solution at 40⁰C for 60 weeks and at 80⁰C for 45 weeks. Changes in the Ca concentration at the external surface and flexural strength during aging were attributed to the dissolution of the calcium impurity believed to be present in a glass phase of unknown composition. Auger electron spectroscopy was used to investigate the relative concentration of the calcium impurity at the external and fracture surfaces of a dense alumina after in vivo exposure for 6, 12 and 23 weeks. The Ca concentration at the external surface initially decreased, reached a minimum at 12 weeks, and increased thereafter. These results were compared with the flexural strength, which decreased nearly linearly from 6 to 23 weeks"--Abstract, page iii.


Day, D. E.

Committee Member(s)

Sorrell, Charles A.


Materials Science and Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Ceramic Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 1980


ix, 51 pages

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Includes bibliographical references.


© 1980 Heidi H. Osterholm, All rights reserved.

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T 4611

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