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Investing in Ceramics: A Ceramic Matrix Composite Journey

Ceramic matrix composites offer many performance benefits in the aerospace industry.
April 1, 2014

Three critical factors determine the success of any new material technology: material properties, design practices (i.e., how to properly use and apply the material) and a supply chain that can produce the material at specification.


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Raw Materials for Refractories: The Global Situation for Supply and Demand

Global production of raw materials for refractories will likely face increased energy costs, changes in consumption levels and other market-specific factors in 2014 and beyond.
April 1, 2014

Refractory minerals are used to improve the performance of refractories products by imparting properties such as strength, protection from chemical and physical attack, and slag resistance.


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Enhanced Sialon-Bonded Silicon Carbide

The beneficial properties of enhanced sialon-bonded silicon carbide make it a viable option for multiple applications.
April 1, 2014

Silicon nitride (Si3N4) and silicon carbide (SiC) systems have been used in industry for many years, and both systems have a range of properties that make them excellent choices in a number of demanding environments. 


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Ceramic Cements

Ceramic cements help isolate, insulate and protect components in a variety of applications.
April 1, 2014

Specialty ceramic cements are directly relevant to our lives, but we rarely notice their presence. The important physical characteristics of these cements include the capacity to deal with temperature changes varying from ambient temperature up to 3000°F (1650°C) and higher, depending on the specific case.


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Additive Changes to Advanced Ceramics

Additive ceramic manufacturing can serve as a valuable component to existing technologies.
April 1, 2014

Advanced ceramics have found their place in a number of applications, largely due to their superior mechanical properties.


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Carbon - Something Old, Something New

Processing requirements for carbon-based products are as variable as the allotropic forms of carbon itself.
April 1, 2014

Carbon is one of the earliest known elements. It was used by the Egyptians and Sumerians in the form of charcoal around 3750 B.C. for the reduction of copper, zinc, and tin ores in the manufacture of bronze.


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Expanding Markets for Piezoelectrics

Piezoelectric ceramics, polymers and ceramic/polymer composite devices are increasingly in demand for multiple high-tech applications.
April 1, 2014

Piezoelectricity is electric polarization produced by mechanical strain in certain crystals, the polarization being proportional to the amount of strain and changing sign with it.


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Creating a Cleaner World through Radio Frequency Systems

RF ceramic substrate drying technology is being implemented around the globe to address increasing automotive regulations.
March 1, 2014

Radio frequency (RF) heating and drying systems were first developed in the early 1940s and have been used by the ceramic and glass fiber industries for over 50 years.


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Digital Printing for Ceramics and Glass

Digital printing with inkjet technology offers significant benefits across a wide range of industry applications.
March 1, 2014

Digital technology has made rapid inroads in ceramic tile printing, and is capable of making the same impact in architectural glass decoration and other ceramic and glass applications.


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Case Study: Digital Ceramic Printed Glass Enhances O'Hare International Airport

Digital printed glass is changing the face of airports and architectural glass around the world.
March 1, 2014

Terminal 5 of Chicago O’Hare International Airport recently underwent renovation that included the installation of digital ceramic printed glass.


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