Ceramic Materials: Thermal Conductivity & Insulation

Ceramic Materials: Thermal Conductivity & Insulation

When we think about ceramic materials and thermal conductivity, our first instinct might be to assume they're always excellent thermal insulators. However, the reality is that engineering ceramics come with a wide range of thermal conductivities, with the lowest and...

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...

Advanced Ceramics for Ultra High Vacuum Applications

Advanced Ceramics for Ultra High Vacuum Applications

The first time I heard the expression “ultra-high vacuum”, I was sitting in a meeting in the 1970’s, looking at drawings, and was asked if the parts in the drawing complied. Luckily my colleague was on the ball and I did not need to confess that I wasn’t sure what they meant.

Ultra-high vacuum […]