The high thermal expansion of a low-fire talc body

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Talc is employed in low fire bodies to raise their thermal expansion (to put the squeeze on glazes to prevent crazing). These dilatometer curves make it very clear just how effective that strategy is! The talc body was fired at cone 04, the stoneware at cone 6. The former is porous and completely non-vitreous, the latter is semi vitreous. This demonstrates something else interesting: The impracticality of calculating the thermal expansion of clay bodies based on their oxide chemistry. Talc sources MgO and low fire bodies containing it would calculate to a low thermal expansion. But the opposite happens. Why? Because these bodies are composed of mineral particles loosely sintered together. A few melt somewhat, some change their mineral form, most remain unchanged. The body's COE is the additive sum of the proportionate populations of all the particles. Good luck calculating that!

Pages that reference this post in the Digitalfire Reference Database:

Talc, G1916Q - Low Fire Frit 3195 Glossy Transparent, Low Fire White Talc Casting Body Recipe, Calculated Thermal Expansion, Co-efficient of Thermal Expansion, Shivering

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