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Forsterite vs. Zirconia

Both forsterite and zirconia are oxide-based engineering ceramics. There are 8 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (15, in this case) are not shown. Please note that the two materials have significantly dissimilar densities. This means that additional care is required when interpreting the data, because some material properties are based on units of mass, while others are based on units of area or volume.

For each property being compared, the top bar is forsterite and the bottom bar is zirconia.

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Material Properties

Density, g/cm3 2.1 to 3.1
5.7 to 6.0
Dielectric Constant (Relative Permittivity) At 1 MHz 6.2
Dielectric Strength (Breakdown Potential), kV/mm 7.9
7.7 to 9.0
Flexural Strength, MPa 40 to 160
630 to 970
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 850
400 to 510
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 1.7 to 3.5
2.2 to 4.3
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 0.94 to 1.3
0.73 to 1.8
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 9.0 to 10
8.8 to 9.5