Kinetics analysis of mullite formation reaction at high temperatures

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A detailed kinetics analysis was performed on the mullite (3Al2O3·2SiO2) formation reaction occurring at high temperatures ranging from ∼1600 to 1800°C. The counterdiffusion model of Al3+ and Si4+ fluxes was used to derive the kinetics equation of the mullite formation reaction. From the parabolic kinetics between the thickness of the mullite layer and time, the reaction rate constant (k) for the mullite formation was determined to be a function of the average diffusion coefficient of Si4+ ions. This kinetics equation can be used to estimate the mullite formation at any temperature. By substituting previous experimental data into the present kinetics equation, average diffusion coefficient values of Si4+ ions in the mullite layer were calculated and these values are in good agreement with the diffusion coefficient values calculated using Aksay's interdiffusion equation for mullite formation. The activation energy values for the diffusion of the Si4+ ions were estimated to range from 730 to 780 kJ/mol, which are close to those obtained from previous diffusion and creep experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2157-2162
Number of pages6
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May 29
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author would like to thank Dr Sungtae Kim at the University of Wisconsin—Madison for valuable discussions. This study was supported by the “San-Hak-Yon Consortium” of Daejin University in 1999.


  • High temperature
  • Interface diffusion
  • Kinetics
  • Mullite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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