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Symposium 13: Advanced Structural Ceramics for Extreme Environments



Structural ceramics are enabling materials for applications that involve extreme environments, such as those associated with nuclear power generation, turbine engines, hypersonic flight, and high-speed machining. The radiation levels, temperatures, heat fluxes, wear/abrasion, and other environments encountered in these applications exceed the capabilities of existing materials. Hence, new ceramics and composites are needed. Some of the critical challenges to be met include thermal/chemical stability, complex shape forming, thermal shock resistance, radiation tolerance, and damage tolerance. This symposium will focus on design of new materials, processing, structure–property relationships, thermal and mechanical properties, oxidation resistance, machining and joining, and stability of advanced structural ceramics from fundamental and application-oriented perspectives.



  • Oxide-, carbide-, boride-, and nitride-based ceramics and composites
  • New precursors for powders, coatings, and matrix or fibers of composites
  • Structure–property relationships at room and elevated temperatures
  • Materials design, new compositions, and composites
  • Novel processing methods (bulk, coatings, and thin films)
  • Novel characterization methods and lifetime assessment
  • Methods for improving damage tolerance and resistance to oxidation, radiation, thermal shock, etc.
  • New methods for joining and machining
  • Structural stability in extreme environments (irradiation and ultrahigh temperature)



Yanchun Zhou, Aerospace Research Institute of Material and Processing Technology, China, yczhou@imr.ac.cn

Sea-Hoon Lee, Korea Institute of Materials Science, Korea, seahoon1@kims.re.kr

William G. Fahrenholtz, Missouri University of Science and Technology, billf@mst.edu

Jon Binner, University of Birmingham, U.K.

Per Eklund, Linköping University, Sweden

Greg Hilmas, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Frederic Monteverde, Institute of Science and Technology of Ceramics-CNR, Italy

Miladin Radovic, Texas A&M University

Jochen Schneider, Materials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Luc J Vandeperre, Imperial College London, U.K.

Guo-Jun Zhang, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



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