Ceramics, glass, refractory materials

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This area is for people interested in thermal products and processes related to ceramics. Click on the items below.  

 

Case studies

Case 1.  Thermal expansion

Thermal properties of materials and temperature control are crucial in production of ceramics. Thermal expansion of ceramics can be 'tailored' to match that of embedded metal components such as heater wires (important in ceramic cooking hobs). Ceramics is interesting in this respect because it is one of the few materials that can possess positive, zero or negative thermal expansion coefficient.

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Consultants

Complete Services for Glass Melting is a Czech based consultancy company offering modelling and consultancy services for the glass-making industry.

Sarah Baxendale - CERAM Research

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Industry guides

PPG provide documentation on the analysis of thermal stress in glass. (Click on the pdf file called Thermal.)

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Organisations

ACerS (American Ceramic Society, USA) is a 100-year-old non-profit organisation serving the needs of the international ceramics community. ACerS provides members and subscribers in 80 countries with access to periodicals and books, meetings and expositions, and on-line technical information.

CERAM (Stoke-on-Trent, UK) is a materials research organisation and manufacturing consultant for clients in ceramics and materials processing, manufacture of ceramic components or the use of ceramic products.

CerSJ (The Ceramic Society of Japan) was established in 1891 with the aim to promote development of ceramic industry, science and technology.

EcerS (European Ceramic Society) is a non-governmental, non-profit federation of national ceramic societies, each representing the ceramists of a member country. The ECerS was established in 1987 to co-ordinate and promote the study of ceramics.

FEMS (Federation of European Materials Societies) is a non-profit umbrella organisation  serving 24 national materials societies in 22 countries, with over 25,000 members in Europe engaged in the production, utilisation, and development of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.

ICF (International Ceramic Federation) is a nongovernmental, non-profit federation of societies representing ceramists, ceramic engineers and ceramic scientists of the member countries.

IKTS (Fraunhofer IKTS Dresden) undertakes research in the areas of ceramic technologies, structural ceramics, ceramics, functional ceramics, and hard metals/hard materials focused products and process innovation.

MRS (Materials Research Society) is a not-for-profit organisation bringing together scientists, engineers and research managers from industry, government, academia and research laboratories to share findings in the research and development of new materials of technological importance.

SCI (Swedish Ceramic Institute) is an industrial research institute working with product-oriented research and development of ceramics and closely related materials.

SFC (Société Française de Céramique) offers different services to the ceramic industry: general testing, certification, documentation, training, standardisation. General testing, especially includes thermal testing: TGA, DTA, thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, thermal expansion.

CERAM (Stoke-on-Trent, UK) is a materials research organisation and manufacturing consultant for clients in ceramics and materials processing, manufacture of ceramic components or the use of ceramic products.

British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation represents the UK's glass industry.

Land Instruments supply infrared temperature measurement systems and offer application solutions for the glass industry.

IRCON supply instrumentation for temperature measurement and have free illustrated guidance documents for the glass industry.

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Projects

Information about European Union-funded projects may be found at CORDIS (Community Research & Development Information Service). And you can try to find specific projects here.

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Temperature measurement

Infrared (non-contact) temperature measurement equipment and related resources (like training, calibration & industry application notes) can be found at the sites below:

FLIR Systems
IRCON
Land Instruments International
Mikron Infrared
Raytek
Wintronics


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Thermal property data

Firstly, try the evitherm data centre, where you might find the data you need and, if it's pay-for, more cheaply.

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Useful links

The Materials Research Society.

The Thermal Methods Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry promotes awareness of thermoanalytical, calorimetric and related techniques.

Modelling

Complete Services for Glass Melting is a Czech based consultancy company offering modelling and consultancy services for the glass-making industry.

Safety

Schott explain the principles behind the thermal treatment of glass for toughening for safety purposes.


Reference materials

IRMM is one of the seven institutes of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and one of the world's largest providers of reference materials, e.g. provides resin bonded glass fibre board (pdf document).

NIST provides reference materials for chemical composition, engineering and physical properties; e.g. provides glass fibre insulation as a thermal conductivity reference material

NPL provides reference materials for various thermophysical properties (thermal conductivity, diffusivity, emissivity etc.) and material types (metals, ceramics, insulation, etc.); e.g. glass fibre board reference material for thermal conductivity.

Vishay provide data on titanium silicate glass as a reference material for thermal expansion measurements.

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