Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / September 21, 2012

Here is what we are hearing: BASF building production plant for specialty zeolites in Ludwigshafen, Germany (MaterialsViews) BASF is investing in the construction of a production plant for specialty zeolites at its Ludwigshafen headquarters in Germany. The plant is expected to start up operations in the first quarter of 2014, significantly increasing BASF’s production capacity…

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Update, event rescheduled—MaterialsViews offers free webinar on scientific figure design

By / August 17, 2012

UPDATE: We just got word that the July 16 webinar has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 21 at 9:00 a.m. PDT. So, it’s not too late if you were on vacation or with us at ICC4 in Chicago. Registration is required, however, all July registrations will carry over. If you are not already registered, you…

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How to knit silicon carbide fibers

By Martin Grolms / July 3, 2012

Woven silicon carbide fibers. Credit: Christian Heiss et al.; MaterialsViews/Wiley. Textile structures made from silicon carbide fibers are very interesting for manufacturing of fiber reinforced high temperature resistant ceramic matrix composites materials. To produce such textile structures a one or multi-step manufacturing processes like braiding, weaving, warp, or weft knitting is necessary. Depending on the fiber…

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Interlocking ceramic elements lead to quasi-plastic properties

By Martin Grolms / May 29, 2012

Display of self-interlocking elements from oxide ceramics. Assemblies of such elements possess an increased bending compliance compared to bulk plates. Cracks are confined to a few elements, so that most of the elements stay intact and are reusable. Credit: T. Krause et al.; Adv. Eng. Mater. For many high-temperature applications, ceramics are indispensable. No other…

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Video of the week: 3D microvascular fiber-reinforced composites

By / May 8, 2012

Via, Jeffrey Moore and Scott White, professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talk us through their newest publication, “Three-Dimensional Microvascular Fiber-Reinforced Composites“. Moore and White discuss their method for fabricating microvascular networks in fiber-reinforced composites Their method relies on sacrificial fibers woven into fiber preforms that, when removed, create 3D microvascular networks inside…

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Video of the week: Manoj Choudhary discusses his IJAGS paper: Mathematical modeling of flow and heat transfer phenomena in glass melting, delivery and forming processes

By / March 22, 2012

This video comes courtesy of our colleagues at and Wiley’s Hope Inman. MaterialsViews has been experimenting with some new types of online presentations of various papers published in Wiley’s journals (including the three that are jointly published with The American Ceramic Society), and this — to my memory — is one of the first “video abstracts”…

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