High Strength ‘Ceramic Steel’ Zirconia

High Strength ‘Ceramic Steel’ Zirconia

Unlike traditional ceramics that tend to be hard and brittle, Zirconia (ZrO2) has high strength, wear resistance and a flexibility far beyond those of most other technical ceramics. Zirconia (ZrO2) also has excellent corrosion and chemical resistance without the...

A History of Hall Effect Thrusters

A History of Hall Effect Thrusters

Hall Effect Thrusters were originally conceptualized in 1911 and began being implemented in the 1950’s and now are the main method of satellite propulsion in space. The move away from flammable propellant has spawned a wide array of propulsion technologies, with...

Super Hard Ceramics – They Don’t Get Much Tougher

Super Hard Ceramics – They Don’t Get Much Tougher

In the world of technical ceramics, there are two materials that are surpassed only by diamond and cubic boron nitride in terms of hardness – and both are used by Precision Ceramics USA as a base material for a wide range of technical components in an equally wide...

Thermally Conductive Ceramics

Thermally Conductive Ceramics

The use of ceramics in high thermal conductivity applications is a growing specialized market. Oxide ceramics are the most common base materials.  But the majority of them are limited to 26-30 W/mK which, when compared to the two most common high thermal conductivity...

Aluminum Nitride (AlN) vs Shapal

Aluminum Nitride (AlN) vs Shapal

Machinable AlN, with the trademark of Shapal Hi-M Soft, is the market leader, with a 30 year pedigree. This tends to be the go to material when you have reached the extremes of temperature, thermal shock, electrical insulation, while having the ability to be machined...