zirconia ball

Zirconia ball boast superior strength, toughness, and corrosion resistance – qualities which make them the ideal solution for grinding and dispersing non-metal mineral material like paint and printing ink as well as electronic or magnetic materials.

Zirconia ball can be manufactured via sintering. However, conventional techniques frequently result in low density due to friction and bridge formation between die and powder, failing to produce sintered bodies with small pores even with cold isostatic pressing.


Zirconia is a very hard, tough material capable of withstanding great impacts without shattering into pieces or becoming cracked or fragmented, enabling it to withstand high-speed grinding in industrial machinery without significant wear-and-tear damage to beads or machines. Furthermore, zirconia balls are inert chemically, being unaffected by most substances other than hydrofluoric acid or hot concentrated sulfuric acid solutions.

Due to its low cost and durable nature, zirconia makes an excellent low-cost and long-lasting grinding media alternative to steel or hybrid ceramic ball bearings. Zirconium dioxide boasts high hardness with a very smooth wear surface, perfect for repetitive use as a grinding medium. Furthermore, zirconia requires no lubrication as well as having an exceptionally lower coefficient of friction than its metal counterparts.

Zirconium dioxide is produced by chlorinating raw zirconium with water, reacting with calcium hydrate to form zirconium tetrachloride which then can be thermally treated to create commercial-grade zirconia. Once thermally treated, this pearly-glow material can then be further processed through calcination into pearly-luster zirconia that can then be thermally processed to make commercial grade zirconia for commercial applications such as ceramics, refractories and structural materials; medical applications include dental implants and bone replacements due to its biocompatability and non-allergenic properties while aerospace components often utilize zirconia due its ability to tolerate high temperatures with extended operating life cycles compared with its alternative materials such as steel or titanium components made of zirconia being superior in terms of performance over its competitors in terms of durability and life-cycle performance capabilities compared with its counterparts; zirconia also makes an attractive material choice because of its resistance properties compared to its counterparts; hence it makes an excellent material choice due to its versatility across industries including ceramics, refractory, structural materials as well as medical applications like dental implants as well as bone replacements due its biocompatibility compared with non-allergenic properties that help avoid allergies; aerospace applications because it withstand very high temperatures while remaining viable during operations; while medical applications due its biocompatability features used.

Wear Resistance

Zirconia ball boast superior wear resistance compared to other ceramic materials, providing exceptional stress resistance during repeated impacts and being resistant to high temperatures and chemicals, making them suitable for multiple applications.

Toray’s technology enables it to mass produce zirconia ceramic mini balls with high levels of durability, offering long-term support to customers in their grinding processes while helping them meet Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, Toray uses yttria-free zirconia which ensures its products do not contain rare earth metal oxides – helping prevent issues with country of origin tracing.

TZP zirconia beads are produced using advanced molding and sintering technologies to produce beads with superior mechanical properties. They can be utilized in a range of grinding applications and boast outstanding toughness at both high speed rotation and concentration operations, rarely cracking or peeling under pressure, and possess half the abrasion ratio as that found with zirconium silicate beads.

At tribological sliding co-operation tests, TZP zirconia ball outperformed ATZ composite (lower Ws and Wb values). This indicates that adding alumina to the TZP material significantly affected its wear resistance at elevated temperatures by creating a surface layer with friction caused by sliding, which inhibited degradation by restricting single grain removal.

Chemical Inertia

Zirconia ball are highly resistant to corrosion, maintaining their hardness and strength even under exposure to extreme temperatures and thermal shocks. Furthermore, they’re non-toxic and don’t rust – perfect for chemical production processes such as manufacturing reactors, pump bodies, valves and pipelines. In addition, their high density (6.00g/cm3) makes them extremely durable for grinding or dispersing applications in humid environments.

Sintered zirconia ball consist of grains composed of particles of the particulate mixture agglomerated through frittage. This melange particulaire includes particles composed of zircone (stabilized or not), yttrin and ceria that have been intimately combined, possibly including an amorphous phase. Particulate mixtures may be manufactured via co precipitation, thermohydrolysis or atomization and optionally further refined through heat treatment consolidation.

The inventors have made an unexpected discovery that low CeC> 2 content makes possible the unexpected preparation of a sintered zirconia ball with excellent resistance to grinding, regardless of its Y2O3 content (provided it remains below 2.5%). These balls produced this way are particularly suitable for applications involving humid environments and microgrinding; more specifically dispersing and microgrinding applications. By “at least partially stabilized zircone >> is meant both partially stabilized zirconia as well as fully stabilized zirconia; fully stabilized zircone >> indicatess fully stabilized zirconia with over 50% monoclinique monoclinique mass; other phases such as quadratic phase and/or cubic phase are present as well.

Corrosion Resistance

Zirconia ceramic ball offers excellent corrosion resistance, resisting chemical solutions without suffering significant erosion, as well as non-reacting with high temperatures, making it an excellent material choice for machinery that handles corrosive liquids or steam. As such, this material can often be found lining high temperature metallurgical furnaces, pumps and reactors as well as surgical instruments, artificial joints or dental implants in factories or medical settings.

Zirconia ceramic balls offer great stability and hardness for impactful, vibrational loads and can operate efficiently at high speeds under varied temperatures. Zirconia balls come in various shapes and sizes for use as impact, vibration and temperature load bearing balls – or can even be ground into powder for grinding, dispersing and stirring processes.

Toray has developed a mass production technology to minimize crystal degradation on zirconia ball surfaces, producing highly durable balls more resistant to contamination during grinding and milling processes, improving and stabilizing target substances such as lithium-ion battery electrode materials and multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). Furthermore, this allows zirconia ceramic sintering at 1,300degC or lower; which reduces energy use as well as carbon dioxide emissions during manufacturing processes.

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