Ceramic coatings are changing the way moving metal moves.From friction to heat, ceramic technology is protecting metal from it worst enemies and showing up in items you might not think about. How many items can you think of everyday that have parts made of ceramic coated metals or just pure ceramic? Cutlery? The brake pads on your car?
If you’re a woman you may have included curling and straightening irons for your hair. How about the hair dryer with ceramic bearings meant to withstand the high heat. The pilot in your furnace or water heater my be ignited by a ceramic plate. The list of items goes on and gets longer every day. Some of the lesser know ceramic applications include anti-wear, anti-corrosion coatings for firearms, Bearings in high-speed powertools, coatings for abrasive and drilling equiptment, and H/VAC insulation as well as internal conductive and nonconductive coatings for electic motor internals.
We could fill a lengthy blog post with just the modern mechanical uses of ceramics in industrial, commercial and automotive applications. Instead we want to talk about the benefits of ceramic coating for metals. As we mention above the protective and heat handling properties of ceramics make for a perfect solution in today’s modern firearms.
Ceramics in firearmsOld school protection came from chemical coats such as browning or bluing solutions. Neither is very forgiving when it comes to abrasion. The need for lubrication of the metal to metal components of todays modern firearm also creates a problem as most of the lubes attract dirt and dust further impacting wear and function. Ceramics have improved both these concerns by being far more resistive to abrasion and corrosion.
When looking at the interaction of metal and ceramics as an auto enthusiast, the first thing that comes to mind is likely ceramic brake pads. A long time performance staple, ceramic brake pads have two distinct advantages. First they are hard, and wear well. Second and most important to the conversation is the ability to defuse heat without deforming either through expansion or warpage. Another common automotive use and more relevant to this discussion is header and exhaust coating. The biggest advantage is corrosion prevention, however heat disbursement, pulling exhaust heat away from the block is also a huge benefit. But it’s INSIDE the engine where things get fun. Ceramics like Certech Gels act like a million microscopic mechanics (think nano-technology) filling in tiny holes and imperfections, leaving the inside of your engine silky smooth – better than from the factory! That’s ceramics science. Defeating friction and heat from the inside out.