The Role of TiO₂ and Composition in the Devitrification of Near-stoichiometric Cordierite


Devitrification behavior and thermal expansion of glasses and glass-ceramics, doped with TiO2, near the stoichiometric cordierite composition were investigated. The activation energy for growth of surface nucleated crystals was shown to be approximately 433 kJ/mol. And was independent of TiO2 content in the glass. Volume nucleation was achieved by the addition of approximately 8 wt% TiO2, but the mechanism of volume nucleation was different depending upon cordierite composition. Regions in the MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 phase diagram near the stochiometric cordierite compound were investigated using thermal analysis, X-ray powder diffraction and dilatometry. Glass in glass phase separation was postulated for MgO-lean glasses, whereas precipitation of mullite and Al2TiO5 preceded devitrification in other compositions. In each case, the formation of a silica-rich glass is believed to initiate the devitrification. Coefficients of thermal expansion for the glass-ceramics increased with increasing TiO2 content resulting from increasing levels of uncrystallized glass and the formation of mullite and rutile during crystallization.


Materials Science and Engineering

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Activation Energy; Composition; Precipitation (Chemical); Thermal Expansion; Vitrification; Crystal growth; Glass-ceramics; Glass; Nucleation; Phase diagrams; Titanium dioxide

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0022-2461; 1573-4803

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2004