Germany-based advanced ceramics manufacturer CeramTec recently created a YouTube channel for itself and over the last two weeks has published several short videos (most available in English and German versions) about ceramic materials concepts and company capabilities. CeramTec is part of the much larger Rockwood Holdings chemicals and advanced materials group.

Several of the videos seem to be very similar, but here are two worth checking out if you want to know more about the company.

CeramTec-ETEC – Wear and Corrosion Protection with Advanced CeramicsThis video highlights some of the company’s general work with and applications for its alumina-based Alotec materials.

CeramTec-ETEC – A Company of the Ceramtec GroupThe first quarter of this video is pretty much identical to the one above, except that the rest of the video focuses on ETEC’s defense and armor applications.

The videos below are a series that focuses on looking at the performance of ceramics, usually in comparison to a metal) in various mechanical and chemical tests. Because so little information is given, these videos are probably best for a general audience and young students to get across the general idea of why ceramic materials would be desirable in certain circumstances.

Advanced Ceramics vs. Metal Material: Bending StrengthSteel versus ceramic lifting 100 kilograms

Advanced Ceramics vs. Metal Material: Hardness Drop TestIllustrates what happens when a steel ball is dropped on a ceramic bocce ball:

Advanced Ceramics: Ceramics can be no Spring? [sic] — Illustrates that ceramic materials can be engineered to flex and exhibit a vibration similar to what one would see in a metallic component:

Advanced Ceramics vs. Metal Material: High Temperature Bending StrengthDemonstrates what happens when torch-supplied heat is applied to steel and ceramic rods:

Advanced Ceramics vs. Metal Material: Corrosion Resistance: Illustrates how ceramic materials can resist strong acid and caustic solutions better than steel and aluminum:

CeramTec has quite a few divisions and has a separate YouTube channel dedicated to its SPK line of cutting ceramics. Here is a sample from the SPK channel: