Advanced Ceramics

Grinding Brittle Materials

Specific grinding parameters help prevent sub-surface damage in brittle materials.
August 7, 2013

In the industrial world, brittle materials include the range of cemented tungsten carbide grades, the entire family of advanced ceramics—including silicon carbide, silicon nitride, aluminum oxide, zirconia and zirconia-toughened alumina, boron carbide and others—and polycrystalline diamond.


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Seeking a Ceramic Solution for Solar Application

Can ceramics provide the key to the perfect Trombe wall?
August 7, 2013

Trombe walls, which are named for their French inventor, are the simplest of solar heating systems. A Trombe wall is typically a solid, south-facing wall (generally 8-14 in. thick) that is constructed of adobe, concrete or filled concrete blocks, and covered with glass (see Figure 1).


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Congress Briefed on Composites in the Military

August 7, 2013
Staff representing the Congressional Composites Caucus and other House of Representatives offices recently learned about the many uses of composites in military aircraft, missiles and unmanned vehicles, spacecraft and commercial aircraft.
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Materials Innovations: Expanding the Capacity of Lithium-Ion Batteries

A new framework of boron and silicon could smooth the way to higher capacities.
August 6, 2013

Laptops could work longer and electric cars could drive farther if the capacity of their lithium-ion batteries could be increased.


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Inside CI: Continual Evolution

It’s exciting to pause and imagine what might be possible in the next five years.
August 6, 2013

I’m writing this column in the midst of a very busy week. Sometime between conference calls and podcast recordings, I realized how little time I now need to spend on tasks that—even just a few years ago—took up the majority of my day.


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Ferro Second Quarter Sales Flat

August 6, 2013
Ferro Corp. recently reported net sales of $435 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared with net sales of $476 million in the previous year’s second quarter.
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CARBO Second Quarter Revenue Drops 13%

August 2, 2013
CARBO Ceramics Inc. recently reported net income of $16.3 million on revenues of $153.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.
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SAE International Announces AeroTech Congress & Exhibition Keynote Speakers

July 26, 2013
SAE International recently announced the keynote speakers and executive panel that will be leading the 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition.
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New GE Advanced Manufacturing Plant to Make Next-Gen Ceramic Parts for Jet Engines

July 26, 2013
GE recently announced plans to invest $125 million and build a new 125,000-sq-ft advanced manufacturing plant in Asheville, N.C.
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ACMA Responds to DOE Information Request

July 25, 2013
The American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA) recently responded to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) request for information on land-based and offshore wind turbines.
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