1st Edition

An Introduction to Ceramics and Refractories

By A. O. Surendranathan Copyright 2015
    524 Pages
    by CRC Press

    524 Pages 239 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    All Refractories Are Ceramics but Not All Ceramics Are Refractories

    Ceramics and refractories cover a wide range of fields and applications, and their relevance can be traced as far back as 24,000 BC to the first man-made piece of earthenware, and as recently as the late 1900s when ceramics and ceramic matrix composites were developed to withstand ultra-high temperatures. Beginning with a detailed history of ceramics, An Introduction to Ceramics and Refractories examines every aspect of ceramics and refractories, and explores the connection between them. The book establishes refractories as a class of ceramics with high fusion points, introduces the fundamentals of refractories and ceramics, and also addresses several applications for each.

    Understand Ceramic Properties and Refractory Behavior

    The book details applications for natural and synthetic ceramics, as well as traditional and engineering applications. It focuses on the various thermal and thermo-mechanical properties of ceramics, classifies refractories, describes the principles of thermodynamics as applied to refractories, and highlights new developments and applications in the ceramic and refractory fields. It also presents end-of-chapter problems and a relevant case study.

    Divided into three sections, this text:

    • Introduces and details the applications of ceramics and refractories

    • Discusses the selection of materials and the two stages in selection

    • Describes the phase equilibriums in ceramic and refractory systems

    • Outlines the three important systems: unary, binary, and ternary

    • Considers corrosion of ceramics and refractories, failures in ceramics and refractories, and the design aspects

    • Addresses bonding, structures of ceramics, defects in ceramics, and ceramics’ microstructures

    • Covers the production of ceramic powders starting from the raw materials

    • Explains four forming methods

    • Highlights three types of thermal treatments

    • Defines mechanical properties, and thermal and thermo-mechanical properties

    • Classifies materials and designates classes

    Addressing topics that include corrosion, applications, thermal properties, and types of refractories, An Introduction to Ceramics and Refractories provides you with a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of refractories and ceramics, and presents a clear connection between refractory behavior and ceramic properties to the practicing engineer.

    Section I Ceramics and Refractories. General Aspects. Selection of Materials. New Developments in Ceramic and Refractory Fields. Phase Equilibria in Ceramic and Refractory Systems. Corrosion of Ceramics and Refractories. Failure in Ceramics and Refractories. Design Aspects. Section II Ceramics. Bonding in Ceramics. Structures of Ceramics. Defects in Ceramics. Ceramic Microstructures. Production of Ceramic Powders. Forming Processes. Thermal Treatment. Mechanical Properties. Thermal and Thermo-Mechanical Properties. Section III Refractories. Classification. Refractory Thermodynamic Principles. Properties and Testing. Production. Silica. Alumina. Alumino-Silicate. Chrome-Magnesite. Carbon. Insulating Refractories. Appendices. Index.


    Dr. A. O. Surendranathan is a professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India. His academic qualifications are a BSc, AMIE, ME, and a PhD. He has seven years of research and twenty-nine years of teaching experience. Dr. Surendranathan has presented and published more than 100 papers and has received numerous medals, awards, prizes, and honors. He has chaired technical sessions at conferences and has been a member or office holder in eight professional organizations. Dr. Surendranathan’s foreign assignments have included travel to Ethiopia, Australia, and the United States.