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What are ceramic materials used for?

What are ceramic materials used for?

Traditional ceramic materials are clay based and include earthenware, stoneware and porcelain used by human populations dating back almost 20,000 years. In fact these material are still used in everyday product such as bricks, tiles, plates and glasses for example.

More recently due to advances in material science, engineered ceramic materials are used in technical application because of their interesting material properties. Ceramics such as Alumina (Al2O3), Zirconia (ZrO2) are by far the most widely used, through to Silicon Nitride (Si3N4) Aluminum Nitride (AlNi) and Silicore as examples are; hard wearing, resistant to erosion and corrosion through abrasion, are thermally and electrically insulating, have exceptional chemical stability, are high in strength and dimensional stability (low coefficient of thermal expansion.)

As such these material will be used in applications for electronic semi conductors, heating tubes, pumps and valve components, optical aerospace parts, foundry cores, telecommunication equipment and biomedical.

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