Ceramics and Composite Materials

Ceramics are an incredibly diverse family of materials whose members span traditional ceramics (such as pottery and refractories) to the modern day engineering ceramics (such as alumina and silicon nitride) found in electronic devices, aerospace components and cutting tools. Whilst the most extravagant claims of the 1980s in favour of advanced ceramic materials (such as the all ceramic engine) have largely proved inaccurate, it is true to say that ceramics have established themselves as key engineering materials.

When used in conjunction with other materials, usually metals, they provide added functionality to components thereby improving application performance, once the appropriate joint design and technology have been identified. Ceramics are used as the reinforcement of composite systems such as GRP (glass reinforced plastics) and metal matrix composites such as alumina reinforced aluminium (Al/Al 2O 3). Advanced ceramic materials are also used as the matrix materials in composites. Currently the most widely available materials are based on SiC and carbon.

Engineering ceramics are used to fabricate components for applications in many industrial sectors, including ceramic substrates for electronic devices, turbocharger rotors , and tappet heads for use in automotive engines. Other examples of where advanced ceramics are used include oil-free bearings in food processing equipment, aerospace turbine blades, nuclear fuel rods, lightweight armour, cutting tools, abrasives, thermal barriers and furnace/kiln furniture.

  • Ceramic coatings
  • Ceramics in Electrochemical cells
  • Ceramics for Medical and Scientific products
  • Ceramic crystal structures
  • Physical Ceramics for Engineers
  • Ceramics for high performance applications
  • Ceramic Capacitor Dielectrics
  • Electromagnetic waves in ceramics
  • Comminution Equipment in ceramic industry
  • Ceramics for dental applications
  • Rheological properties of glasses
  • Material Balance for Ceramic Process
  • Evolution of kilns in ceramic industries
  • Chemistry and Physics of clays and other ceramic materials
  • CNS Composites
  • Polymer Composites
  • Fibre Composites
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Composite Materials in Day-to-Day Life
  • Biocomposite Materials