Ceramic Tech Today

Silicon, zirconium nitrides may serve as superior coatings in next-generation nuclear fuels

By Lisa McDonald / April 19, 2022

Tristructural isotropic coated particle fuel is expected to improve safety of nuclear reactors. Researchers led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville investigated the potential of using silicon nitride and zirconium nitride in TRISO particle fuel rather than silicon carbide.

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New recycling method and resin advance sustainability of wind turbine blades

By Lisa McDonald / April 15, 2022

Improving recyclability of wind turbine blades is essential to enhancing sustainability of the wind industry. University and industrial researchers announced two new developments in this regard last month.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / April 13, 2022

Freeze-thaw battery preserves energy, new transistor cuts energy use, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 13, 2022.

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National Day of Glass Conference celebrates glass science, art, and engineering

By Eileen De Guire / April 12, 2022

The National Day of Glass Conference, held April 5–7, 2022, in Washington, D.C., kicked off North American-based celebrations of the United Nations International Year of Glass. Learn what took place at the conference and where you can find recordings of all the talks.

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Ceramics help keep time but usually at a hefty price

By Lisa McDonald / April 12, 2022

Ceramics are one material class that is quite popular in the design of luxury watches. View a brief history of watchmakers’ use of ceramics and learn about recent advancements in the development of new materials and processes.

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Introduction to “Bioactive glasses” for Glass: Then and Now, plus other ACerS collections

By Jonathon Foreman / April 8, 2022

As part of the IYoG celebrations, ACerS’ “Glass: Then and Now” series is highlighting ACerS journal articles each month that support advancement in glass science and technology. The focus this month is bioactive glasses. Plus, ACerS is offering several other collections on this topic.

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Refractories: The workhorses of high-temperature materials manufacturing

By Jonathon Foreman / April 8, 2022

Refractory ceramics are integral to ensuring the smooth operation of numerous essential industries, and researchers are continually investigating new materials and processing techniques to improve refractory performance. Several recent collections curated by ACerS highlights some of the latest research in this field.

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Video: Glass flood walls prevent flooding while maintaining the view

By Lisa McDonald / April 6, 2022

Flood walls are traditionally made of concrete, but a few manufacturers are exploring the use of glass in flood wall design to maintain views of the surrounding area. See some examples of these glass walls in real-world applications.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / April 6, 2022

Volcano monitoring at Mount Etna, glass learns to illuminate itself, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 6, 2022.

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Hybrid magnetron sputtered ceramic coatings show promise in next-gen combustion engines

By Lisa McDonald / April 5, 2022

With the rising use of fuels with reduced sulfur content, novel coatings are needed to protect engine components from increased wear. Researchers from Brazil and Chile investigated the potential of a hybrid deposition technique to deposit nanostructured ceramic multilayers on piston rings.

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