Crystallization behaviour of calcium aluminate glass fibres: Part I Differential thermal analysis study

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Crystallization behaviour of as-spun and fully-nucleated calcium aluminate (CA) glass fibres produced via inviscid melt spinning (IMS), was studied. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) scans on the as-spun and fully-nucleated CA fibres were performed at different heating rates. By applying the Kissinger method to the DTA scan data the activation energy values for crystallization were determined to be 569 and 546 kJ mol−1, respectively for the as-spun and fully-nucleated CA fibres. The Ozawa analysis on the DTA scan data gave the Avrami parameters at 2.7 and 2.4, respectively, for the as-spun and fully-nucleated CA fibres, which indicates high tendency of bulk crystallization mode. The formation of equilibrium phases of Ca12Al14O33 and CaAl2O4 in the crystallized CA fibres was identified by using X-ray diffraction (XRD).

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