Impedance/dielectric spectroscopy of electroceramics-part 1: Evaluation of composite models for polycrystalline ceramics

N. J. Kidner, Z. J. Homrighaus, B. J. Ingram, Thomas O Mason, E. J. Garboczi

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Abstract

In the microcrystalline regime, the electrical (impedance/dielectric) behavior of grain boundary-controlled electroceramics is well described by the "brick-layer model" (BLM). In the nanocrystalline regime, however, grain boundary layers can represent a significant volume fraction of the overall microstructure. Simple boundary-layer models no longer adequately describe the electrical properties of nanocrystalline ceramics. The present work describes the development of a pixel-based finite-difference approach to treat a "nested-cube model" (NCM), which is used to investigate the validity of existing models for describing the electrical properties of polycrystalline ceramics over the entire range of grain core vs. grain boundary volume fractions, from the nanocrystalline regime to the microcrystalline regime. The NCM is shown to agree closely with the Maxwell-Wagner effective medium theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-291
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Electroceramics
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

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Dielectric spectroscopy
impedance
ceramics
composite materials
evaluation
Composite materials
Grain boundaries
grain boundaries
spectroscopy
boundary layers
Volume fraction
Boundary layers
Electric properties
electrical properties
Acoustic impedance
bricks
Brick
electrical impedance
Pixels
pixels

Keywords

  • Brick layer model
  • Dielectric
  • Effective medium
  • Impedance
  • Nested cube model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites

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Impedance/dielectric spectroscopy of electroceramics-part 1 : Evaluation of composite models for polycrystalline ceramics. / Kidner, N. J.; Homrighaus, Z. J.; Ingram, B. J.; Mason, Thomas O; Garboczi, E. J.

In: Journal of Electroceramics, Vol. 14, No. 3, 07.2005, p. 283-291.

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Kidner, N. J. ; Homrighaus, Z. J. ; Ingram, B. J. ; Mason, Thomas O ; Garboczi, E. J. / Impedance/dielectric spectroscopy of electroceramics-part 1 : Evaluation of composite models for polycrystalline ceramics. In: Journal of Electroceramics. 2005 ; Vol. 14, No. 3. pp. 283-291.
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