Monolithic Ceramics Applications - A Global Market Overview

29 Jun 2011 • by Natalie Aster

Major applications of Monolithic Ceramics comprise Electrical & Electronic Parts, Catalyst Supports, Filters, Wear Parts and Other. Of all these, Electrical & Electronic Parts, accounting for an estimated 58.4% in 2011, translating into US$17.4 billion, corner the largest share, followed by Catalyst Supports, Filters and Wear Parts. The global market for monolithic ceramics in 2011 is estimated to touch US$29.8 billion.

Market for Monolithic Ceramics application areas analyzed in the study “Monolithic Ceramics Applications - A Global Market Overview” by Industry Experts includes Electrical & Electronic Parts, Catalyst Supports, Filters, Wear Parts and among others that include Engine Parts, Bioceramics, Membranes and Cutting Tools and Body Armor applications. The report analyses the market in terms of US Dollars.

The report reviews, analyses and projects the Monolithic Ceramics market for global and the regional markets including the United States, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World. The regional markets further analyzed for 10 more independent countries across Europe – France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom; Asia-Pacific – China, India, South Korea and Taiwan.

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Monolithic Ceramics Applications - A Global Market Overview

Published: June 2011

Pages: 310

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KEY MARKET TRENDS: Silicon Nitride Ceramic Material with Enhanced Resistance to Thermal Shocks at High Temperature Developed

To reduce carbon dioxide on a global basis, it is imperative that reducing heat energy loss in production processes used in industries, such as steel and the non-ferrous metals be of utmost importance. This can be attained by extending the life cycle of materials that are used for protecting tubes, ladles, stalks, and heat tubes, in addition to other parts being used in casting process. Silicon nitride is an excellent material for achieving this with its properties of high temperature and thermal shock. On the other hand, the material in severe environments, such as casting iron with much higher temperature and severe thermal shocks, the material falls short due to its inability to withstand sufficient heat and thermal shock resistance.

To address this fact, a team from Ceramic Mechanical Parts Processing Group, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd has been successful in developing a silicon nitride ceramic material that displays considerably higher resistance to thermal shocks and strength at high temperatures compared to conventional silicon nitride ceramics.

They have used silicon nitride (Si3N4) as a base to develop a material with significantly increased resistance to thermal shocks by forming a grain boundary phase with high thermal conductivity and dispersing almost amorphous nanometer-order particles of boron nitride (BN) in the grain boundary phase. The strength of conventional silicon nitride ceramics declines at a temperature difference of 1000°C, whereas there was almost imperceptible strength deterioration of the developed material even when heated to 1400°C in an electric furnace and dropped into water ten times. Additionally, the material exhibited the same level of strength in high-temperature bending tests conducted in air at 1200°C as at room temperature.

There have been instances of ceramics losing their characteristics when the object is increased in size, as compared to smaller test pieces. However, in this material, optimization of the sintering conditions enabled an identical structure and properties to be obtained in a comparatively large part (diameter: 82 mm, length: 370 mm) as in a test piece. Additionally, sintering samples close in form to actual products could also be facilitated

KEY BUSINESS TRENDS: Rojan Advanced Ceramics Acquired by Ludowici

Rojan Advanced Ceramics was completely acquired by Australia based Ludowici Pty Ltd, a leading manufacturer of capital equipment and parts for the mining and mineral processing industries. Other than a strong presence in the domestic market, Ludowici also has leading presence in international mining markets in Chile, USA, India, China and South Africa with sales or production operations. Acquiring Rojan Advanced Ceramics is in line with the company’s expansion strategy in niche markets around the globe.

Ludowici also has an extensive distribution network that would enable Rojan in offering enhanced services to its existing clients, along with offering products to newer customers in several other regions.

General Automotive, SenCer Inc in a Joint Venture

Leading global provider of parts, accessories and advanced technology for the automotive industry, General Automotive Company, entered into a joint venture with SenCer Inc for developing, commercializing and marketing SenCer’s innovative UltraTemp ceramic composite materials that would enable in expediting the development of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly fuel cell technologies.

The JV also aims to advance developing next-generation oxygen sensors that form a crucial part of General Automotive’s existing business. SenCer is a Rochester, New York-based research firm with engineering proficiency in advanced ceramic systems. The company has been instrumental in developing a range of next-generation ceramic fiber/ceramic matrix composite materials that find application in fuel cell stacks for powering automotive engines, among others. The joint venture aims at developing a string of prototypes for advancing the process of commercializing and, eventually, mass producing fuel cells.

GCJ Series of Monolithic Ceramic Capacitors from Murata

Murata has introduced the GCJ series of monolithic ceramic capacitors with a special design to account for the bending, vibration and thermal conditions experienced in under-bonnet automotive applications. As required by the automotive industry, Murata has come up with an innovative approach that incorporates a soft termination with the ceramic body to safeguard against short circuits. This requires the use of a conductive resin on the outer electrodes for absorbing any excessive mechanical stress due to board flexing or temperature cycles.

Excessive mechanical bending forces can cause ceramic capacitors to crack resulting in a short circuit, which has to be eliminated in automotive applications, more so in power circuits. The GCJ series of X7R capacitors is available in 0603, 0805, 1206 and 1210 packages, with all popular capacitance values from 1nF to 10μF being available in 10, 16, 25, 50 and 100 working voltage.

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