Innovative Manufacturing Processes of Silicate Materials

A special issue of Ceramics (ISSN 2571-6131).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 2018

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Materials Institute, University of Mons, Rue de l’Epargne 56, 7000 Mons, Belgium
Interests: ceramics; glass ceramics; shaping; sintering; crystallization; microstructure; piezoelectric properties; thermomechanical properties
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BCRC, Avenue du Gouverneur Cornez, n°4, 7000 Mons, Belgium
Interests: ceramics; advanced shaping processes; refractory materials; thermomechanical and thermochemical characterisations; microstructural characterisations

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IRCER, UMR CNRS 7315, ENSIL-ENSCI, Université de Limoges, 87065 Limoges, France
Interests: ceramics; phyllosilicates; formulation and shaping; sintering; textured materials; structural transforations
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Dear Colleagues,

The various sectors of modern industry are constantly looking for ever more efficient, but also economical and sustainable materials. To meet new needs, it is necessary to think not only in terms of raw materials, compositions, and microstructures but also in terms of manufacturing processes and architectures.

Because of their great diversity of properties (mechanical, chemical, electrical, biological, etc.), silicate materials, including ceramics, glasses, glass ceramics and geopolymers, constitute an important family of materials wildly used in many industrial sectors: automotive, aeronautics, aerospace, health, electronics, energy, etc.

The final characteristics of a product are the result of a set of parameters associated with each step of its production, especially the choice of the raw materials and the shaping technology. Therefore, the innovation in the manufacturing processes to achieve specific microstructures and architectures is a key axis of research to strengthen and increase the application fields of silicate materials and their presence in advanced products.

Within the scope of this Special Issue, it is our pleasure to invite you to submit original research papers, short communications, or state-of-the-art reviews related to silicate materials. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Alternative shaping routes such as : additive manufacturing, freeze casting, etc.
  • Alternative sintering methods suche as : microwaves, cold sintering, SPS, etc.
  • Correlation processing/microstructure/properties;
  • Modeling of processes or properties;
  • Design of functional devices/prototypes (e.g., for catalysis, filtration…);
  • Innovative characterization methods such as : in situ monitoring of drying, sintering, non-destructive methods, etc.

Dr. Maurice Gonon
Dr. Sandra Abdelouhab
Dr. Gisèle Laure Lecomte-Nana
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  • silicate materials
  • ceramics
  • glass ceramics
  • shaping
  • sintering
  • additive manufacturing
  • properties
  • microstructure
  • characterization
  • modeling

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13 pages, 5438 KiB  
Analysis of the Structure and Durability of Refractory Castables Impregnated with Sodium Silicate Glass
by Jurgita Malaiškienė, Valentin Antonovič, Renata Boris, Andrius Kudžma and Rimvydas Stonys
Ceramics 2023, 6(4), 2320-2332; - 04 Dec 2023
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This study examines the impact of the impregnation of fireclay-based conventional (CC) and medium-cement castables (MCCs) with liquid sodium silicate glass under vacuum conditions. The goal is to assess how this treatment affects the physical and mechanical properties and durability (alkali and thermal [...] Read more.
This study examines the impact of the impregnation of fireclay-based conventional (CC) and medium-cement castables (MCCs) with liquid sodium silicate glass under vacuum conditions. The goal is to assess how this treatment affects the physical and mechanical properties and durability (alkali and thermal shock resistance) of these castables used in biomass combustion boilers, where they are exposed to temperatures up to 1100 °C. The research work employs standard test methods to evaluate the physical and mechanical properties. Additionally, advanced techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and specific tests for alkali resistance and thermal shock resistance are used. The research findings suggest that impregnation with sodium silicate glass under vacuum significantly enhances the alkali resistance of both CC and MCCs. This improvement is primarily due to the reduction in porosity and the increase in density. SEM images reveal that the impregnated samples are coated with a glassy layer and the pores are partially filled with sodium silicate. Tests for alkali resistance demonstrate the formation of a protective glassy layer (with a thickness of 0.9–1.5 mm) on the castable surfaces, thereby reducing the further penetration of alkali into deeper layers of the samples. However, it is important to mention that the impregnated refractory castables have reduced resistance to thermal shock cycles. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Innovative Manufacturing Processes of Silicate Materials)
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