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RX: Materials and Manufacturing Directorate - Library Resources: Ceramics


Ceramics are a class of inorganic, nonmetallic solids that are subjected to high temperature in manufacture or in use. The classification of ceramic, typically a polycrystalline material, extends to glasses, which are noncrystalline, and to such single‐crystal materials as a ruby laser. There are the low value‐added bulk or commodity materials such as pottery and abrasive grain, and the engineering or fine ceramics which are low volume, high value‐added, highly processed materials having carefully controlled properties. The most common ceramics are oxides, carbides, and nitrides, but silicides, borides, phosphides, sulfides, tellurides, and selenides are also ceramics, as well as elemental materials such as carbon and silicon.

Processing techniques play an important role in determining the properties of a ceramic. These techniques, the resultant structures, and the relationship to mechanical and electrical properties of engineered ceramics are discussed as are fracture and wear‐resistant materials, inorganic glasses, and optoelectronic and electronic ceramics.

(Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, Ceramics, Overview, Abstract)

Reading Corner


eBooks of Interest:

Ceramic Nanocomposites

Ceramic Nanocomposites
A volume in Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering

Editors: Rajat Banerjee & Indranil Manna
Published: 2013               ISBN: 978-0-85709-338-7

Ceramic nanocomposites have been found to have improved hardness, strength, toughness and creep resistance compared to conventional ceramic matrix composites. Ceramic Nanocomposites reviews the structure and properties of these nanocomposites as well as manufacturing and applications. 


Advances in Ceramic Matrix CompositesAdvances in Ceramic Matrix Composites
Editor: I.M. Low
Published: 2014               ISBN: 978-0-85709-120-8

Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) have proven to be useful for a wide range of applications because of properties such as their light weight, toughness and temperature resistance. Advances in Ceramic Matrix Composites reviews the types and processing of CMCs, covering processing, properties and applications. 



Glass-Ceramic TechnologyGlass‐Ceramic Technology, Third Edition
Author(s): Wolfram Höland & George Beall
Published: 16 September 2019
Print ISBN:9781119423690    | Online ISBN:9781119423737    | DOI:10.1002/9781119423737

An updated edition of the essential guide to the technology of glass-ceramic technology

Glass-ceramic materials share many properties with both glass and more traditional crystalline ceramics. The revised third edition of Glass-Ceramic Technology offers a comprehensive and updated guide to the various types of glass-ceramic materials, the methods of development, and the myriad applications for glass-ceramics. Written in an easy-to-use format, the book includes an explanation of the new generation of glass-ceramics. 


Processing, Properties, and Design of Advanced Ceramics and Composites IIProcessing, Properties, and Design of Advanced Ceramics and Composites II: Ceramic Transactions, Volume 261
Editors: Narottam P. Bansal, Ricardo H.R. Castro, Michael Jenkins, Amit Bandyopadhyay, Susmita Bose, Amar Bhalla, J. P. Singh, Morsi M. Mahmoud, Gary Pickrell, Sylvia Johnson
Published:12 February 2018
Print ISBN:9781119423805    |Online ISBN:9781119423829    |DOI:10.1002/9781119423829

This proceedings volume contains 36 papers from the 2016 Materials Science and Technology meeting held in Salt Lake City, UT, October 24-27, 2016 

Books of Interest:

Ceramics WebBook: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Additional Websites of interest:

Ceramics Research at Universities & National Laboratories

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