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Ceramic materials are lightweight, durable, and chemical and heat-resistant, leading to their extensive use in aerospace, construction, medicine, sports equipment and many other industries.

When ceramic components are produced, powdered ceramic material is dispersed in a liquid and then formed into a component shape, called a green body. This green body is heated to just below the melting point of the ceramic material, the temperature where sintering occurs. It is then that the particles become bonded together, forming an interlocking network which creates a strong mechanical component, and typically a porous substrate.

Ceramic components and products are made from powders including oxides, carbides and minerals ranging from nanometers to micrometers. The particle size and shape of these powders determine the quality, mechanical properties, and performance of the final product.

The final manufacturing outcome is highly dependent upon the physical properties of the powdered ceramic material and its dispersion during production. Therefore, reliable particle characterization is a very important requirement  of ceramic component development and production control.

Examples of ceramic materials we have analyzed include: 

  • Alumina
  • Aluminum nitride
  • Aluminum oxide
  • Barium titanate
  • Beta-tricalcium phosphate
  • Biological ceramics
  • Bismuth
  • Boron carbide
  • Carbides
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Iron oxide
  • Magnesium silicates
  • Nitrides
  • Oxides
  • Silicon aluminum
  • Silicon carbide
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Silicon nitride
  • Titanate
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Yttrium carbonate
  • Zinc oxide
  • Zirconate
  • Zirconia
  • Zirconium

Examples of some of the analyses PTL has performed for ceramic particle material include: 

Particle Size Analysis

  • Laser Diffraction
  • Electrical Sensing Zone (Coulter Technique)
  • Single Particle Optical Sensing (SPOS) / Light Obscuration
  • Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) / Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS)
  • Sieve Analysis

Microscopy Services

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS/EDX)

Gas Adsorption & Porosimetry Analyses

  • Specific Surface Area
  • Mercury Porosimetry
  • Gas Adsorption Isotherm

Chemisorption Physical Measurements

  • Thermogravimetry (TGA)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Zeta Potential (Dispersion Characterization)
  • True Density (Helium Pycnometer), Bulk Density & Tap Density

These are just some of the types of particle characterization analyses that Particle Technology Labs offers, and they are a small representation of the material types we have analyzed for the ceramic industry.

Please contact us with any questions, or click here to fill out a quote request form for all of your particle characterization needs. We look forward to hearing from you.