The present work investigates the effect of particle configuration on the structure and properties of four dispersed type Pd-containing amalgams with the same chemical composition. The results indicate that particle configuration plays an important role not only in the structure and chemistry, but also in such properties as compressive strength, creep and mercury release rate. Compromises among the various properties of the present Pd amalgams are needed, when a decision on particle configuration is to be made. As mechanical properties or corrosion resistance is concerned, the amalgam should comprise at least one spherical alloy (matrix or dispersant). As far as mercury release is concerned, the amalgam should comprise irregular dispersant alloy. The amalgam fabricated from irregular dispersant and spherical matrix particles seems to serve all well. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ceramics and Composites
- Mechanics of Materials