Chapter 16. Electron Microscope Analysis of the Amorphous Phase in Porcelains

  1. Willam M. Carty
  1. Caspar McConville1 and
  2. William M. Carty2

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470294796.ch16

Whitewares and Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 24, Issue 2

Whitewares and Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 24, Issue 2

How to Cite

McConville, C. and Carty, W. M. (2008) Electron Microscope Analysis of the Amorphous Phase in Porcelains, in Whitewares and Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 24, Issue 2 (ed W. M. Carty), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470294796.ch16

Author Information

  1. 1

    NYS College Of Ceramics, Alfred, NY

  2. 2

    Whiteware Research Center; Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375822

Online ISBN: 9780470294796

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Keywords:

  • formulation;
  • characterization;
  • transmission;
  • amorphous;
  • crystalline

Summary

Standard porcelain bodies were examined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to determine the compositions and morphologies of their crystalline and amorphous phases. On firing porcelains, a large quantity of amorphous phase is evolved, resulting in a final product consisting of approximately 60% glassy material. The composition and homogeneity of the amorphous phase in these materials, particularly in the solution rims surrounding quartz particles, has been the subject of controversy in the literature. EDS analysis was used in both the TEM and SEM to characterize both crystalline and amorphous regions of the samples. The results of this investigation was presented.