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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / February 28, 2014

Ceramics and glass business news of the week

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / June 28, 2013

GE cuts costs, boosts jet efficiency with ceramic parts (Wall St Cheat Sheet) In an attempt to reduce maintenance and fuel costs, General Electric is investing in production of ceramic-based parts for its jet engine business. Small-scale production of one part will begin as early as next year in GE Aviation’s planned Asheville, N.C. factory.…

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Companies race to scale up spinel for armor, optical applications

By Jim Destefani / June 14, 2013

Artist’s rendering of the USS Zumwalt in action. First in a new class of Navy destroyers, the Zumwalt will use transparent MgAl2O4 deckhouse windows. Credit: US Navy. Two manufacturers are in a bit of an “arms race” to commercialize aluminum oxynitride and magnesium aluminate transparent polycrystalline cubic spinel for defense and other applications. We did a…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / May 31, 2013

Surmet’s large-scale transparent aluminum oxynitride armor window. The company is on track to scale up fabrication processes to double the size of the windows in the next year. Credit: Surmet. Surmet achieves major milestone on its ALON window scale-up program Surmet has successfully delivered 18×35-inch size monolithic ALON windows, achieving a major milestone on its…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / July 13, 2012

Here is what we are hearing: Surmet’s transparent, tiled, three-panel ALON armor window. Credit: Surmet. Advances in making large ALON transparent armor windows Surmet continues its advances in fabricating cost effective large area ALON transparent armor windows for many applications. Current capability allows for monolithic ALON windows to be fabricated in sizes as large as…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / June 5, 2012

This “trigonal bipyramidal” crystalline structure that forms the basis of Oregon State University‘s “cool blue” pigment (see below). Credit: OSU. Check ’em out: “I like to break things”: Janine Schneider breaks things in the name of science As Janine Schneider walks through the materials testing facility, her eyes light up; it is clear that she…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / May 4, 2012

Here’s what we are hearing: GE Aviation expects to add 200 more area jobs GE Aviation Systems’ $50 million investment on the University of Dayton campus bodes well for the company and the area, the company’s president and chief executive. In the past five years, GE Aviation has added 400 jobs at its three Dayton-area plants.…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / April 6, 2012

Here’s what we are hearing: An aluminum oxynitride window hermetically bonded to a metallic fixture. Credit: Surmet. Successful demo of bonding of metal to ALON optical ceramic for applications including oil and gas drilling Conventional metalizing and brazing techniques used for Alumina and sapphire are not directly applicable to ALON. However, Surmet has now successfully…

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