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Ceramics and Composites Processing Methods

ISBN: 978-0-470-55344-2
596 pages
April 2012
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Examines the latest processing and fabrication methods

There is increasing interest in the application of advanced ceramic materials in diverse areas such as transportation, energy, environmental protection and remediation, communications, health, and aerospace. This book guides readers through a broad selection of key processing techniques for ceramics and their composites, enabling them to manufacture ceramic products and components with the properties needed for various industrial applications. With chapters contributed by internationally recognized experts in the field of ceramics, the book includes traditional fabrication routes as well as new and emerging approaches in order to meet the increasing demand for more reliable ceramic materials.

Ceramics and Composites Processing Methods is divided into three sections:

  • Densification, covering the fundamentals and practice of sintering, pulsed electric current sintering, and viscous phase silicate processing

  • Chemical Methods, examining colloidal methods, sol-gel, gel casting, polymer processing, chemical vapor deposition, chemical vapor infiltration, reactive melt infiltration, and combustion synthesis

  • Physical Methods, including directional solidification, solid free-form fabrication, microwave processing, electrophoretic deposition, and plasma spraying

Each chapter focuses on a particular processing method or approach. Collectively, these chapters offer readers comprehensive, state-of-the-science information on the many approaches, techniques, and methods for the processing and fabrication of advanced ceramics and ceramic composites.

With its coverage of the latest processing methods, Ceramics and Composites Processing Methods is recommended for researchers and students in ceramics, materials science, structural materials, biomedical engineering, and nanotechnology.

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Preface vii

Contributors ix

PART I DENSIFICATION 1

1 SINTERING: FUNDAMENTALS AND PRACTICE 3
Rajendra K. Bordia and Héctor Camacho-Montes

2 THE ROLE OF THE ELECTRIC CURRENT AND FIELD DURING PULSED ELECTRIC CURRENT SINTERING 43
K. Vanmeensel, A. Laptev, S. G. Huang, J. Vleugels, and O. Van der Biest

3 VISCOUS-PHASE SILICATE PROCESSING 75
Ralf Müller and Stefan Reinsch

PART II CHEMICAL METHODS 145

4 COLLOIDAL METHODS 147
Rodrigo Moreno

5 PROCESSING AND APPLICATIONS OF SOL–GEL GLASS 183
Esther H. Lan and Bruce Dunn

6 GELCASTING OF CERAMIC BODIES 199
Katherine T. Faber and Noah O. Shanti

7 POLYMER PROCESSING OF CERAMICS 235
Emanuel Ionescu and Ralf Riedel

8 CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION OF STRUCTURAL CERAMICS AND COMPOSITES 271
Takashi Goto

9 CVI PROCESSING OF CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES 313
Andrea Lazzeri

10 REACTIVE MELT-INFILTRATION PROCESSING OF FIBER-REINFORCED CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES 351
Natalie Wali and J.-M. Yang

11 COMBUSTION SYNTHESIS: AN UPDATE 391
S. B. Bhaduri

PART III PHYSICAL METHODS 415

12 DIRECTIONAL SOLIDIFICATION 417
Víctor M. Orera and José I. Peña

13 SOLID FREE-FORM FABRICATION OF 3-D CERAMIC STRUCTURES 459
James E. Smay and Jennifer A. Lewis

14 MICROWAVE PROCESSING OF CERAMIC AND CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES 485
Cristina Leonelli and Paolo Veronesi

15 ELECTROPHORETIC DEPOSITION 517
Maria Cannio, Saša Novak, Laxmidhar Besra, and Aldo R. Boccaccini

16 PROCESSING OF CERAMICS BY PLASMA SPRAYING 551
Robert Vaßen

Index 567

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Narottam P. Bansal, PhD, is Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Glenn Research Center, where he has conducted research on glasses, ceramics, and composites since 1985. In addition to publishing more than 230 papers, Dr. Bansal holds seven patents and is the author or editor of five books and 32 conference proceedings.

Aldo R. Boccaccini, Dr.-Ing., is Chair and Professor of Biomaterials in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. The holder of four patents, Dr. Boccaccini has coauthored more than 400 papers and edited four books and 14 conference proceedings.

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