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How High-Temperature Resistant Materials Function

Heat is an essential aspect of numerous industrial processes: turbines and generators often operate most effectively at higher temperatures; many key chemical process industry (CPI) reactions occur at extreme temperatures; extruded, pressed, and welded metal parts are routinely formed when heated to the point of plasticity. These are just a few examples where temperatures exceeding many hundreds of degrees are routinely generated and sustained. Naturally, all these applications require high-temperature resistant materials that can withstand the enormous thermal shock and long-term stresses associated with these extreme environments. So, how exactly do they work?Continue reading

Corrosion Resistant Ceramics Case Studies

Corrosion-resistant ceramics are often mandatory in harsh environments, namely in the oil and gas industries. This is because ceramics provide high levels of corrosion and thermal resistance and have outstanding wear, and these fundamental properties make them more suitable than traditional metal components.Continue reading

Are Ceramics Corrosion Resistant?

Ceramics are the preferred materials for use in harsh environments because they are highly resistant to corrosion and wear. Aside from being corrosion and wear-resistant, advanced ceramics can also withstand high temperatures, pressures and other extreme conditions. Throughout this blog post, we will look at how corrosion-resistant ceramics are used in the oil and gas industries and what benefits this provides.Continue reading

9 Different Types of Corrosion Affecting Materials

Corrosion is the process by which a material deteriorates due to chemical interactions. All materials are subject to corrosive phenomena, but metals are especially prone to corrosion as surface atoms readily oxidise in specific conditions. There are steels designed to utilise oxidation for corrosion resistance (i.e. weathering steel) and other grades with regenerative patinas engineered to reduce surface corrosion (i.e. stainless steel). But few engineering-grade steels can match advanced, corrosion-resistant ceramics in terms of chemical stability. Continue reading

Wear in Industry: Advanced Ceramic Case Studies

In many industries that involve heavy machinery and extremely high temperatures, careful material selection is common. Advanced ceramics play a vital role in preventing or reducing industrial wear. In this blog post, we will review industrial wear applications and take a look at two advanced ceramic case studies.Continue reading

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Advanced Ceramics and Wear Prevention

Industrial processes are dictated by different, often conflicting, needs. Maximising throughput demands minimal downtime. But eliminating downtime is impossible when tools require maintenance to function at optimal levels. However, optimal functionality underlies desired yields and, of course, throughput. There is a cyclical nature to the demands of high-performance industrial components, but there is also a very clear throughline: maximising durability is critical to true quality assurance and profitability. Hence wear prevention is a critical factor impacting a wide range of end-to-end performance parameters.

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Understanding Wear and Recognising Different Wear Modes

Most of us are familiar with the concepts of wear and tear, but the mechanisms of action underlying these phenomena can be surprisingly complex. Wear is defined as the loss of material from a solid’s surface due to mechanical action exerted by some other solid. It is such a universal process that only organic materials are immune since they can self-replicate and essentially restore surface fatigue. Therefore, every branch of materials science must contend with one or more different wear mechanisms.Continue reading