Advancements in Insulative Ceramics

Ceramics play a vital role in the material world. They are used in everything from buildings and bridges to cookware and jet engines. In any ceramic application, the thermal properties of the material will have significant effect on its performance.

As the world’s energy use continues to rise there is considerable interest in developing new insulative ceramic composites that can be used for building more energy efficient structures. This webinar will highlight recent research work published from three different researchers in this field - developing more insulative ceramics. The first comes from the Izmir Katip Celebi University in Turkey. The effects of vermiculite additive in brick firing are examined and measurements of their thermal conductivity, measured with the MTPS method, are presented. The second set of research comes from the Soongsil University in Korea. In this study, the thermal performance of cement is measured while increasing amounts of low-conductivity aerogel mixtures are added. Both groups of researchers measure the thermal performance of the samples using the C-Therm TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer in highlighting different user cases of the instrument.  The third case highlight will summarize novel work from Portugal’s University of Aveiro– incorporating wood waste in porcelain ceramics with the objective tailoring the effective thermal conductivity of the material for different applications.

Also included in this webinar will be a presentation on typical dilatometry applications within ceramics. In characterizing the glass transition and softening points for clay composites important insight is gained for the processing and quality control in manufacturing of the materials. Materials scientists developing new clay composites with improved properties require these measurements for effective comparison, while manufacturers focus on quality control of their ceramic products. Learn more about recent work investigating the repeatability and simplification of these measurements with C-Therm’s new horizontal push rod dilatometer.

This webinar will be of particular interest to ceramics engineers and materials science researchers.


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