Advanced Ceramics

U.S. Lags Behind Australia and Germany in Solar Photovoltaic Costs

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Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report with Georgia Tech Research Institute entitled “Lessons from Australia: Reducing Solar PV Costs Through Installation Labor Efficiency,” which identifies on-the-ground opportunities for the U.S. market to reduce solar photovoltaic system costs and accelerate residential and commercial customer adoption.


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High-Temperature Energy Recovery Using Thermoelectric Ceramics

Research is underway to optimize oxide ceramics that can help thermoelectric harvesting reach its full energy-saving potential.
By Eric Hanson
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Thermoelectric (TE) heat recovery technologies can frequently reduce the operating costs for facilities by increasing energy productivity and efficiency.


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Serve to Be Great: 11 Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery and a Boardroom

By simply shifting focus away from short-term goals and financial gain toward more effectively serving the people on their teams, leaders can create conditions for superior long-term results.
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A recent Gallup poll shows that only 30% of Americans are actively engaged at work. That doesn’t come as a big surprise to Matt Tenney, author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom.


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Acoustically Measuring Polycrystalline Diamond Thickness

Wafer manufacturers can use acoustic imaging to measure the thickness of PCD inserts without sectioning the wafers.
By Tom Adams
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Various types of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) cutting tool inserts are made from a wafer in which tungsten carbide (WC) serves as a substrate. The PCD provides the hardness and durability that makes cutting possible, while the WC provides a strong base.


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Melt-Infiltrated Refractory Ceramic Matrix Composites

Melt infiltration processing can produce CMCs capable of withstanding ultra-high temperatures.
By Jerry Brockmeyer, Tim Stewart, and Brian Williams
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Refractory ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are of considerable interest for a range of high-temperature and severe environment applications, including space and defense, and have potential for commercial and industrial applications that impose extreme thermal and environmental demands on materials.


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Materials Innovation: NRL Researchers Develop Harder Ceramic for Armor Windows

NRL's nanocrystalline spinel demonstrates that the hardness of transparent ceramics can be increased simply by reducing the grain size to 28 nm.
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) needs materials for armor windows that provide essential protection for both personnel and equipment while maintaining a high degree of transparency.


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Market Trends: Advanced and Nanoscale Ceramic Powders on the Rise

The global market for advanced and nanoscale ceramic powders is expected to grow to $12.1 billion by 2018.
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The global market for advanced and nanoscale ceramic powders is expected to grow to $12.1 billion by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2%, according to “Advanced Ceramics and Nanoceramic Powders,” a recent report from BCC Research, a publisher of technology market research reports based in Wellesley, Mass.


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Inside CI: Something from Nothing

Researchers are working to harness waste heat from cars, planes and industrial processes in order to produce electricity.
By Susan Sutton
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It’s the dream of flea market aficionados everywhere—to find something of value in what otherwise might just get thrown away. Similarly, cars, airplanes and industrial processes throw away waste heat every day, and researchers are working to harness that energy in order to produce electricity.


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Wind Power Expected to Supply over 7% of Worldwide Electricity by 2018

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Headwinds in several key markets, including the U.S. and Spain, slowed growth in the global wind power market dramatically in 2013.


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KYOCERA America Inc. Maintains OHSAS-18001 Certification

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Kyocera America Inc. recently announced that it has passed a surveillance audit for OHSAS-18001, the international standard for occupational health and safety management systems.


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