Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Additive Manufacturing; Ceramics


"The objective of this thesis work was to design ceramic paste systems that assist in achieving a high theoretical density ( > 95%) after deposition by a novel additive manufacturing process, i.e. Ceramic On-Demand Extrusion (CODE). The work is encompassed in five main sections: Sections 1 and 2 provide an introduction and literature review of relevant topics for the following sections of experimentation. Section 3 provides an analysis of a reaction chemistry to identify three discrete materials that could be combined via CODE and result in zirconium diboride (ZrB2) post-sintering. Section 4 describes the development of a high solids loading, aqueous yttria-stabilized zirconia paste. This material was identified as the next viable technical ceramic system after alumina for addition to the CODE portfolio. Section 5 details the use of sol-synthesized pre-mullite composite powder to densify stoichiometric mullite at modest temperatures. Section 6 provides a conclusion to the research results provided in the preceding three sections, as well as future work outlined in Section 7"--Abstract, page iii.


Leu, M. C. (Ming-Chuan)

Committee Member(s)

Hilmas, Greg
Watts, Jeremy Lee, 1980-


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


United States Department of Energy National Technology Laboratory
Missouri University of Science and Technology Intelligent Systems Center


This research was supported by the National Energy Technology Lab of the Department of Energy under the contract #DE-FE0012272.

Research Center/Lab(s)

Intelligent Systems Center


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2018


viii, 55 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 48-54).


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 11391

Electronic OCLC #