It’s a Ceramics Revolution! They’re everywhere.
When most of us talk about ceramics we are likely looking to use tile for a home project, at the craft store looking at pottery, or throwing the latest vase on a wheel at the community center or studio. Some of us are aware of the ceramic tiles used on the space shuttles to shield them from the heat of re-entry and even fewer know of the diverse use of ceramics in manufacturing, electronics, automotive, and plant equipment.
From heat disbursement, abrasives, high tensile bearings, and even home cutlery, ceramics offer amazing alternatives to traditional metals, minerals, and even some industrial fabrics used everyday.
Ceramics from motors to microchips and more.
To really get a grasp of the varied uses of modern day ceramics will take a bit of research and time. So rather than dive into the molecular structure of things we’ll keep it relevantly simple. Lets look at what ceramics are and how modern ceramics are changing your everyday experiences.
Modern CeramicsCeramics are basically the combination of metallic and nonmetallic elements through heating and cooling. The process of taking clay having both metallic and nonmetallic elements, shaping, then firing and cooling it result in ceramics. The creation of ceramics have taken place for a great deal longer than the science has been understood.
With the science of ceramics have come some crazy and amazing applications and products. Ceramics are used in nano-transistors and electronic circuitry as both insulators and conductors. High performance brakes, exhaust, and engine management components for both the track and the street are common place. Bearings that if made of metal or metal alloy would melt, are replaced by ceramic bearings and races that are impervious to chemical pitting and heat distortion.
The use of different metal and non-metal combinations have allowed for different ceramics to have vastly different properties while being inert in physical existence. Basically they don’t physically change with exposure to the environment, whether in nature or the internal works of a machine.