Review of the aqueous chemistry of the zirconium-water system to 200°C

James Hansell Adair, H. G. Krarup, S. Venigalla, T. Tsukada

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The aqueous chemistry of the Zr-H2O system is reviewed. It is shown that the thermodynamically stable solid phase for the Zr-H2O system at 25°C is the monoclinic phase. After a review of the chemistry of the pure material in water, a summary of the solution equilibria of the Zr-H2O system is presented followed by a discussion of the aqueous phase stability of the monoclinic and tetragonal phases of the pure ZrO2 system. Last, a discussion of the phase stability of the complex metal oxides, particularly the Y2O3-containing TZP in aqueous solution will be reviewed. It will be shown that the phase stability for the complex metal oxide-zirconia systems may be best understood as corrosion with the alloying agent (e.g., Y2O3) subject to leaching from a zirconia-rich interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-112
Number of pages12
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 8 1996Apr 12 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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