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Our April issue features details on advanced materials such as ceramic matrix composites and piezoelectric ceramics, among many others. Be sure to check it out!

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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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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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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China Sees Decline in Refractories Materials Production, Exports

The country is promoting the development of high-quality, energy-efficient unshaped refractories.
April 1, 2014

The country is promoting the development of high-quality, energy-efficient unshaped refractories.


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IP in Depth: Effective Preissuance Submissions

Preissuance submissions are an opportunity to present prior art in such a way that a patent examiner will be convinced to apply the prior art to reject pending claims.
April 1, 2014

“The preissuance submission provision in the America Invents Act aims to bring the most relevant prior art to the examiner’s attention as early as possible during prosecution to enhance examination effectiveness and efficiency,” says Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos.


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Inside CI: An Advancing Industry

We need to live in the present and build opportunities for the future.
April 1, 2014

I have a notoriously lackluster long-term memory. The phrase “Remember that time…” is usually cause for nothing but dread as far as I’m concerned. 


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