Advanced Ceramics

Grinding Brittle Materials

Specific grinding parameters help prevent sub-surface damage in brittle materials.

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?

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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Inside CI: Continual Evolution

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

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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