Freeze-casting to create create directional micro-channels in regenerators for magnetic refrigeration

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We present the engineering of directional porosity in the form of lamellar micro-channels in the magnetocaloric ceramic of La0.66Ca0.27Sr0.06Mn1.05O3 (LCSM) by freeze-casting. Freeze-casting is a templating technique based on the anisotropic growth of ice crystals in aqueous suspensions upon directional freezing, which, when applied to a suspension of LCSM results in hierarchical structures of aligned porosity in the form of micro-channels with widths of 5 μm to 20 μm. Channel sizes and tortuosity are measured and calculated from analysis of SEM images obtained at cross sections perpendicular and parallel to the freezing direction, respectively, while freezing conditions are monitored by temperature measurements. We propose that freeze-casting demonstrate apparent applicability within processing of ceramic materials for application as regenerator for magnetic refrigeration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th International Conference on Caloric Cooling (Thermag VIII)
PublisherInternational Institute of Refrigeration
Publication date2018
ISBN (Electronic)9782362150289
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThermag VIII - International Conference on Caloric Cooling (2018) - Darmstadt, Germany
Duration: 16 Sep 201820 Sep 2018


ConferenceThermag VIII - International Conference on Caloric Cooling (2018)
Internet address
SeriesInstitut International du Froid. Bulletin

    Research areas

  • Freeze-casting, Ice templating, Micro-channels, Porous ceramics, Magnetocaloric, Magnetic refrigeration, Active magnetic regenerator

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