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Engineered Specialty Ceramics
Engineered Specialty Ceramics, also known as Advanced Ceramics, include borides, zirconia, rare earth oxide materials, nitrides, carbon or graphite, and other specialty non-metallic compounds. In addition to the names Engineered Specialty Ceramics and Advanced Ceramics, they are also known as engineered ceramics, specialty ceramics, high-performance ceramics, and technical ceramics.
Traditional ceramics are generally defined as inorganic, non-metallic solids prepared from powdered materials and manufactured into products through the application of high degrees of heat. Most traditional ceramics are marked by standard properties such as brittleness, low electrical conductivity, and strength. Engineered Specialty Ceramics introduce new materials into the ceramic manufacturing process, as mentioned above in the first paragraph, which results in the production of ceramic materials which possess advanced and special properties.
These types of ceramics are prized for their high resistance to wear, cold, heat, and corrosion as well as extreme durability and hardness. They are used in a variety of applications in the aerospace, defense, power generation, and industrial processing industries. Essentially speaking, Advanced Ceramics take the standard properties of traditional ceramics and increase their overall toughness and usability.
Some various types of Engineered Specialty Ceramics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Aluminum Oxide (Al2O3)
- Aluminum Nitride (AlN)
- Magnesium Nitride (Mg3N2)
- Silicon Nitride (Si3N4)
- Boride Ceramics – such as Boron Carbide (B4C) and Zirconium Diboride (ZrB2)
- Silicon Carbide (SiC)
A great resource to learn more about Advanced Ceramics is the United States Advanced Ceramics Association. The link to their site can be found below.
Whatever your Engineered Specialty Ceramics manufacturing needs may be, Source International can assist you from initial Product Development to First Production to In-process Quality Control to Shipping. Contact us today to find out how we can help you save time and money while increasing overall efficiency and product quality.