Manufacturing

Video: Coronavirus shapes the global ceramic tile industry

By Lisa McDonald / March 11, 2020

The novel coronavirus sweeping the globe is significantly affecting all aspects of society. The global ceramic and glass communities experience the effects in numerous ways, but for ceramic tile makers in India, the coronavirus presents a chance for them to enter markets previously dominated by China.

Read More

Modeling advances materials research, plus more inside March 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / February 20, 2020

The March 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring discrete element modeling of refractory materials—is now available online. Plus—new ACerS Division and ACerS-ECerS MOU

Read More

Faster than a speeding bullet: A review on fiber reinforced UHTCMCs for hypersonic aircraft and more

By Jonathon Foreman / February 4, 2020

Ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites could be used on some of the hottest portions of hypersonic aircraft if their brittleness is reduced. Research on using fibers to reinforce these materials increased greatly in the past decade, and a recent review article in an ACerS journal discusses the progress and challenges in this field.

Read More

Bond, Ceramic Bond—Improving bonding of ceramics in advanced ceramic applications

By Jonathon Foreman / December 17, 2019

To improve ceramic devices, one factor ceramists and ceramic engineers consider is the strength of ceramic bonds. Two recent papers published in an ACerS journal explore ways to improve ceramic bonds in different applications.

Read More

From grain-sized to centimeter scale—technique makes mass production of metalenses possible

By Lisa McDonald / December 13, 2019

Metalenses, or flat surfaces that use nanostructures to focus light, are poised to revolutionize cameras, sensors, and displays—if the lenses can be mass produced. Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences found deep-ultraviolet projection lithography can solve this production challenge.

Read More

Tungsten carbide made easy: Government, industry, academia investigate additively manufacturing cemented carbide parts

By Lisa McDonald / November 15, 2019

Additive manufacturing may be an easier way to manufacture cemented carbide parts. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently submitted a patent application for a selective laser melting process, and collaborations in industry and academia are investigating binder jetting as well.

Read More

Save “cold,” hard cash—cold sintering offers financial, environmental benefits to ceramic manufacturing

By Lisa McDonald / November 8, 2019

Decarbonizing manufacturing processes is a focus of the ceramic industry. In a recent paper, researchers performed a techno-economic analysis to show how the cold sintering process, a recently developed manufacturing technique, could help reach this goal.

Read More

Tune shear-thickening fluid viscosity with acoustics

By Lisa McDonald / November 1, 2019

Dilatant fluids, commonly termed shear-thickening fluids, can complicate manufacturing by jamming pumping and mixing equipment. Cornell University researchers investigated softening dilatant fluids using ultrasonic waves to make them easier to handle.

Read More

Protecting equipment in steel production: Thermal barrier coatings created from steel waste stream

By Jonathon Foreman / October 25, 2019

Thermal barrier coatings protect equipment against high temperatures in steel production. Researchers from Bartin University in Turkey found ferrochromium slag, a waste product from stainless steel production, could be used to create such coatings.

Read More

Video: Creating pencils from scratch

By Lisa McDonald / October 16, 2019

Pencils are one of the most well-known applications of graphite, but do you know how pencils are created? Take a behind-the-scenes look at the pencil manufacturing process at Faber-Castell, one of the world’s largest and oldest manufacturers of pencils and office supplies.

Read More