Raw materials

First glass, raw materials, plus more inside August 2022 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / July 21, 2022

The August 2022 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring formation of first glass in the universe—is now available online. Plus—USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries and refractory raw materials and sustainability.

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Video: US mining companies lay plans for domestic rare earth processing facilities

By Lisa McDonald / June 22, 2022

Mining rare earth ores is only the first step in securing the rare earths supply chain. These ores must undergo refining processes, and China controls nearly all of the world’s rare earth processing facilities. Two U.S. mining companies, MP Materials and USA Rare Earth, plan to open domestic rare earth processing facilities within the next year.

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Sensitivity coefficient may help manufacturers minimize loss when drying ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / June 7, 2022

When drying ceramics, many characteristics affect how the material will respond to moisture loss and contraction. Researchers in Brazil found that the drying sensitivity coefficient is a determining factor associated with loss content.

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Structural clay experts unite in Charlotte for networking, tours, and more after a two-year pause

By Greg Geiger / May 20, 2022

More than 100 attendees converged in downtown Charlotte, N.C., May 9–11 to take part in the combined meeting of the ACerS Structural Clay Products Division, ACerS Southwest Section, and Clemson University’s National Brick Research Center.

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Video: Tile manufacturers face clay shortages due to war in Ukraine

By Lisa McDonald / May 18, 2022

Disruptions in the energy market are not the only market forces affecting the European ceramics industry. The war in Ukraine is also driving a shortage in supplies of Ukrainian clay.

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A shocking development—electrodynamic fragmentation could provide high-quality recycled materials for the refractory industry

By Lisa McDonald / March 18, 2022

Recycling and reusing waste materials is one approach the refractories industry is pursuing to improve sustainability. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics have explored the potential of electrodynamic fragmentation to recycle composites, and their recent study looks specifically at the potential of this technique applied to refractory materials.

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Industry survey lays out constraints to rare earth element supply diversification

By Lisa McDonald / January 11, 2022

Diversifying the supply chain is a main approach that the rare earth industry is taking to ensure adequate supply of rare earth elements, but there are challenges to diversification. A recent industry survey provides an excellent rundown of these challenges.

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Beyond bauxite—researchers explore laterite as an alternative source of aluminum

By Lisa McDonald / September 24, 2021

Bauxite ore is the world’s primary source of aluminum, but concerns about the supply chain have the aluminum industry interested in identifying alternative sources. Researchers in Sri Lanka explored the potential of laterite as an alternative source.

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Video: An easier way to recover rare-earth elements from electric vehicle motor magnets

By Lisa McDonald / September 15, 2021

Batteries are not the only part of electric vehicles that contain critical materials—many electric vehicle motors use rare-earth magnets as well. Nissan and Waseda University developed a five-step pyrometallurgy process to recover rare-earth compounds from electric vehicle motor magnets.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle: How the ceramics industry is growing greener

By Jonathon Foreman / May 11, 2021

Academic and industrial ceramic researchers alike are exploring ways to minimize waste and maximize reuse in ceramics manufacturing. Several articles published in International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology demonstrate the resulting ecological and economic benefits of these activities.

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