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Assessment of Homogeneity of Extruded Alumina-SiC Composite Rods Used in Microwave Heating Applications by Impedance Spectroscopy

  • Justin R. Brandt (a1) and Rosario A. Gerhardt (a1)

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Composite rods consisting of Alumina (Al2O3) and Silicon Carbide whiskers (SiCw) are used to fabricate microwave cooking racks because they effectively act as a microwave intensification system that allows cooking at much faster rates than conventional microwave ovens. The percolation behavior, electrical conductivity and dielectric properties of these materials have been reported previously. However, it has been observed that the electrical response of the extruded bars is a function of the rod length and that long rods show substantially different behavior than thinner disks cut from them. A percolation model has been proposed that describes the effect of the alignment of the semiconducting SiC whiskers and the quality of the interfaces present in the composite rods: SiC-SiC and SiC-Al2O3-SiC for example. This study was undertaken with the goal of testing out whether the response of the individual sections could be used to generate the response of the full length rods and to assess the importance of the homogeneous distribution of the SiC fillers on the resultant impedance response.

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Assessment of Homogeneity of Extruded Alumina-SiC Composite Rods Used in Microwave Heating Applications by Impedance Spectroscopy

  • Justin R. Brandt (a1) and Rosario A. Gerhardt (a1)

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