The Study of Ceramic Chemistry |
Ceramicsare classified as inorganic and nonmetallic materials that are essential to ourdaily lifestyle. Ceramic and materialsengineers are the people who design the processes in which these products canbe made, create new types of ceramic products, and find different uses forceramic products in everyday life. Ceramicsare all around us. This category ofmaterials includes things like tile, bricks, plates, glass, and toilets. Ceramics can be found in products likewatches (quartz tuning forks-the time keeping devices in watches), snow skies(piezoelectric-ceramics that stress when a voltage is applied to them),automobiles (sparkplugs and ceramic engine parts found in racecars), and phonelines. They can also be found on spaceshuttles, appliances (enamel coatings), and airplanes (nose cones). Depending on their method of formation,ceramics can be dense or lightweight. Typically, they will demonstrate excellent strength and hardnessproperties; however, they are often brittle in nature. Ceramics can also be formed to serve aselectrically conductive materials, objects allowing electricity to pass throughtheir mass, or insulators, materials preventing the flow of electricity. Some ceramics, like superconductors, alsodisplay magnetic properties.