Ultrasonic pulse velocity testing was used to perform non-destructive quality control of refractory plates used as substrates in fast firing of porcelain whitewares. The measurement of the ultrasonic velocity was used to asses the presence of internal voids or cracks originated from the manufacturing procedure. Image analysis was used to predict thermal stability of the refractory materials. Two cordierite-mullite compositions were investigated that are characterized by different microstructure morphologies and crack propagation behaviour. A brief discussion about the correlation between microstructure, crack propagation behaviour and thermal shock resistance is presented. Moreover, empirical models were developed to predict the service life of refractory plates from measured values of ultrasonic velocities in plates in the as-received state.
Prediction of service life of cordierite-mullite refractory materials by non-destructive methods / Boccaccini, Dino Norberto; Kamseu, Elie; Volkov Husoviæ, T. D.; Cannio, Maria; Romagnoli, Marcello; Veronesi, Paolo; Dlouhy, I.; Boccaccini, A. R.; Leonelli, Cristina. - STAMPA. - 973:(2008), pp. 449-454. (Intervento presentato al convegno 9th International Conference on Multiscale and Functionally Graded Materials, FGM IX tenutosi a Oahu Island, HI, usa nel 15-18/10/2006) [10.1063/1.2896820].