Ceramic Industry

Hit the Beach

January 1, 2009
The advanced ceramics community will convene in Daytona Beach this month for the annual ICACC event.

Photo courtesy of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The 33rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC), organized by the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and its Engineering Ceramics Division (ECD), will be held January 18-23 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort & Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. The event program is comprised of four focused sessions and 11 symposia co-organized with the Electronics Division (ED) and the Nuclear & Environmental Technology Division (N&ETD) of the Committee of International Ceramic Congress.

Technical Sessions

The “Mechanical Behavior and Performance of Ceramics & Composites” symposium is among the most popular of the ICACC’s many concurrent technical sessions. Potential applications for ceramics and composites span a range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, power generation, microelectronics, and nuclear. Underlying mechanisms of fracture, fatigue and deformation can be influenced by everything from microstructure and service conditions to the environment. This symposium will provide a forum to address complex and diverse aspects of mechanical behavior of ceramics and composites, along with their correlations to component performance and reliability.

Now in its sixth year, the “International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)” aims to provide an international forum for scientists and engineers to present recent technical progress and to exchange ideas and information on various aspects of SOFCs. The participants will gather state-of-the-art knowledge in the fields of SOFC component materials; processing; cell/stack fabrication and design; electrochemical performance and performance stability; bulk, interface and surface interactions; microstructural and interface engineering; computational simulation and modeling; test procedures and performance analysis; gaseous and liquid fuel processing; and more.

A “Symposium on Advanced Dielectric, Piezoelectric, Ferroelectric, and Multiferroic Materials” will present the latest advances in synthesis, modeling, and characterization of dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and multiferroic materials. Recent work on bridging phases in relaxor-based perovskites, multiferroic heterostructures, lead-free piezoelectrics, composite thin films, flexoelectric effect, and fundamental materials science (including computational and analytical modeling) will be discussed.

Focused Sessions

The first of the ICACC’s focused sessions, “Geopolymers and Other Inorganic Polymers,” examines a new class of inorganic, aluminosilicate-based ceramics that are charge-balanced by group I oxides (e.g., Na, K, Rb, Cs). They are made under relatively ambient conditions of temperature and pressure into near-net dimension bodies, which can subsequently be converted to semi-crystalline or crystalline ceramics. They have some unique microstructures and properties, as well as a large variety of low- to high-tech potential applications.

Significant advances in light emitting diode (LED) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) technologies are providing the technical performance approaches necessary for solid-state lighting (SSL) to replace incandescent and fluorescent lamps in general illumination applications. Further research in emitter materials, packaging and light extraction is needed to realize the full potential of this technology. “Materials for Solid-State Lighting” addresses the materials issues associated with SSL.

“Advanced Sensor Technology for High-Temperature Applications” addresses technology that is being investigated for high-temperature applications. In recent years, demand for the development and application of advanced sensing technology for high-temperature environments has increased. Such sensors are required in a range of applications, from health and action monitoring to the intelligent control of the working performance in nuclear power reactors, turbine systems, and material processing systems.

“Processing and Properties of Nuclear Fuels and Wastes” focuses on the use of ceramics and glass in the processing and disposition of nuclear materials and wastes. With the renewed interest in nuclear power generation and fuel processing in the U.S. and worldwide, processing, properties and testing of the materials associated with the nuclear fuel cycle need to be expanded to meet the future needs of the nuclear industry. Topics for discussion include the use of mature immobilization techniques, as well as new and innovative applications of materials and materials processes.

For more information, visit the event website at www.ceramics.org/daytona2009.