Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Industrial Engineering


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Engineering


Xuan Wang

Advisor Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Advisor College

College of Engineering


Ceramics membranes are made in a wide variety of different techniques using a wide variety of different materials. However, many of the common techniques utilize a slurry of ceramic particles, additives, and either organic solvent or water that is shaped into a membrane, left to dry, and then sintered together. Drying is a time consuming process, often requiring several hours for the liquid medium to evaporate. Defect formation caused by development of partial pressures across the drying membrane, including cracks and warpage, also typically occurs during the drying process. To address this, slurries of ceramic particles made with a low viscosity UV-curable resin, which can cure in the span of a few seconds, eliminating the need for drying and any defects associated with drying. Slurries were made with different particle sizes and volume fractions and made into thin membranes using an Autodesk Ember 3D printer. Curing of UV resin and slurries were examined with FTIR. Pyrolytic behavior of resin was examined using isothermal TGA. Cure depth profiles were determined using the modified Beer-Lambert Law and compared against models in literature. Results showed contrasting curing behavior based on volume fraction and particle size due to differences in UV light exposure methods.