Silicon Nitride: The Future of Sensing in Harsh Environments?

Data acquisition and signal transmission within harsh environments is an ever-present pain point for manufacturers across the full spectrum of engineering. As developers continue to push the technological envelope, the need for next-generation sensing solutions only grows exponentially. Technical ceramics like silicon nitride (Si3N4) are poised to assist developers of novel sensors for cutting-edge application areas. But what are the key challenges facing sensing technologies today, and how can silicon nitride ceramics help?Continue reading

Ceramics UK 2020 – Leaders in Conversation: Promoting Ceramics in an International Marketplace

Following the postponement of Ceramics UK 2020 in collaboration with the Advanced Materials Show to 7th & 8th July 2021, the event organisers are instead running an exciting online Knowledge and Networking Digital Event, bringing together highly focused audiences, all involved in the research, production, purchasing or integration of advanced materials technology including Graphene & 2D Materials, Composites, Polymers, Coatings, and Ceramics

Join moderator TTIP Consulting Managing Director Dr Andy Wynn, and panellists Lucideon CEO Tony Kinsella, British Ceramic Confederation CEO Dr Laura Cohen MBE CEng FIMMM, alongside International Syalons Technical Director Ben Melrose as they discuss Promoting Ceramics in an International Marketplace.

Milling Media

Selecting the Right Milling Media: Technical Ceramics or Steel?

Grinding samples down to finer consistencies is an age-old process that has not changed much with time. Whether you are looking to achieve the ideal particle size for specific analytical methods, or to prepare homogenous powders for further downstream processing, the general principles of milling remain the same. Materials are broken-up using abrasion, by placing samples in a chamber packed with hard-wearing milling media and applying force.Continue reading

Could 3D Printing Advanced Ceramic Materials Assist Vaccine Development?

Various agencies around the world have long highlighted a potential pandemic as one of the greatest threats to humankind. Since before the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-COV) in 2002, institutions like the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) have developed various models for influenza pandemic planning. These models extol the importance of social distancing in buying time for immunologists to develop an effective vaccine. However, the conventional vaccine development timeline can be torturously slow.Continue reading

Oxide Technical Ceramics: Alumina & Zirconia

Technical ceramics are an advanced class of materials primarily used in tough mechanical engineering applications and environments associated with refractory temperatures or harsh corrosive conditions. Characterised by remarkable thermomechanical properties and wide-ranging resistance to common alkalis, acids, and harsher corrosive agents, fine ceramic materials are used to satisfy some of the most stringent operating objectives in modern industry.Continue reading

Molten Metal Forming

Using Sialons in Aluminium Handling and Smelting

Updated: Originally published on 31/05/2018

Aluminium is one of the most readily-consumed metals on the planet, with production of alloys based predominantly on aluminium topping an average 64 million tonnes per annum. This excludes the growing volume of secondary, or recycled, aluminium which is estimated at a yearly 12 million tonnes. Despite the metal’s ubiquity, there are difficulties associated with aluminium handling and processing, which necessitate advanced material solutions.

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