CERAMICS – USES, PROPERTIES AND

APPLICATIONS
At Lucideon, our extensive experience of ceramic
materials extends from those used in traditional
areas, such as tableware, sanitaryware, tiles and
refractories, to advanced technical ceramics, seen
in industries as diverse as aerospace, medical and
communications.

For more than 90 years we have helped the
ceramic industry move from craft-based activities
to efficient and sophisticated industrial
operations and now, our knowledge of advanced
technical ceramics, combined with our expertise
in materials and process development is helping
manufacturers to develop new products,
processes and applications.
WHY USE CERAMIC MATERIALS?
- They offer combinations of properties, making
them uniquely suited to certain high
performance applications
- Often they are the only class of materials
which can operate in hostile environments
- They are, generally, hard, stiff, and resistant to
high temperatures
- Some ceramic materials can be fabricated to
yield specific properties such as piezoelectrics,
superconductors, optical and magnetic
properties and biocompatibility



DIFFERENT CERAMIC MATERIALS –
DIFFERENT PROPERTIES
- Traditional ceramics – aesthetic, non toxic,
easy clean
- Zirconia – biocompatible, strong, stiff, tough,
ion conducting, thermally insulating, corrosion
resistant
- Alumina - biocompatible, strong, stiff,
electrically insulating, hard, impact resistant
- Complex oxides (Titanates, Stannates,
Cuprates and Ferrites) – dielectric,
piezoelectric, environmental, magnetic,
superconductive
- Silicon nitride – strong, thermally conductive,
thermal shock resistant, corrosion resistant
- Silicon carbide - strong, thermally conductive,
thermal shock resistant, corrosion resistant,
electrically conductive
- Aluminium nitride – thermally conductive,
impact resistant
- Boron nitride - thermally conductive, thermal
shock resistant, corrosion resistant, electrically
conductive
- Boron carbide – hard, abrasion resistant, low
density, high neutron capture cross section
- Steatite and Cordierite - electrically insulating,
tailored thermal expansion, thermal shock
resistant


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DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES – DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS
Industrial Sector Application Examples
Domestic and Construction Tableware, tiles and sanitaryware
Medical Joint prostheses, dental crowns, retainers, sensors, actuators
Industrial Components Wear resistant components, cutting blades, structural components,
sensors, rotating shaft seals, high temperature crucibles,
evaporation boat, neutron absorbers
Energy Fuel cells, electronic substrates, accelerometers, antennas, fuel cells,
electrodes, electrical insulators, furnace components
Aerospace and Defence Thermal barrier coatings, ballistic armour, piezoelectrics, electric
motors, sensors, wear parts
Automotive Spark plug insulators, optical components, water pump seals
Electronic Capacitors, resistive and semiconducting components, substrates


CERAMICS PROJECTS AT LUCIDEON
- Design and development of thermal barrier
coatings, layers and components
- Ceramic materials innovation for stronger,
lighter design of protective personnel and
vehicle armour
- Materials selection, integrated component
design and testing for extreme temperature
and shock in operation
- Long-term evaluation of ceramic materials and
component performance in simulated use
- Rational materials selection of ceramics and
design for minimised environmental impacts
- Ceramics component design and near net
shape fabrication processes
- Process improvement for bio-ceramic
materials
- Batteries and energy generation
- Electroceramics and printed electronics
- Studies into Rapid Manufacturing as a Tool for
Advanced Ceramics
- Additives for Improved Workability of
Whiteware Bodies
- Microwave Assisted Firing of Engineering
Ceramics
- Nano-Structured Thermal Barrier Coatings.