Learning outcomes of the course unit
knowledge of the wide field of traditional and advanced ceramics, of their preparation techniques, of their properties and optimization
Course contents summary
Phase diagrams. Two component condensed systems. Eutectic system. Binary systems with compounds, with solid solutions and solid-solid phase transitions. Ternary systems.
Solis state reactions. Sinterization process and ceramic materials. Principles and mechanisms. Experimenta aspects. Traditional ceramics: terracotta, faenza, gres and porcelain (bricks, tiles and pottery). Advanced ceramics: alumina, zirconia, silicon carbide, silicon nitride and sialon. Glass-ceramics.
Preparation of advanced ceramics: molding by cold and hot pressing, isostatic pressing, casting, tape casting, PIM, extrusion, special processes.
Thermal properties. Mechanical properties: hardness, fracture resistence and toughening. Elastic behaviour. Mechanical, thermal, electric and electronic applications.
Bioceramics: bioinert, bioactive and bioabsorbable materials. Applications.
Assessment methods and criteria