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Advanced ceramics

Individual course

If you are taking this course as part of a FITech minor, please note that all minors will be offered for the last time in the academic year 2021-2022. Please check the individual courses for updates regarding future availability.

Core content:

  • Crystal structures and point defects in ceramic materials
  • Heat conduction mechanisms and thermal expansion, creep thermal shock
  • Electrical conduction, insulation and dielectric properties
  • Dielectric and optical properties of ceramics
  • Mechanical properties of ceramics: theoretical strength, Weibull theory, effect of flaw and porosity to strength, 3 and 4 points bending test, tensile strength, fracture toughness
  • Machining, finishing, and joining of ceramics
  • Design considerations and approaches, failure analysis
  • Examples of the most common engineering ceramics (alumina, zirconia, silicon carbide, silicon nitride): their different types, properties, main applications, limitations, toughening mechanisms
  • Ceramic composites and glasses

The first part of this course is concentrating to functional ceramics and the second part is concentrating to engineering ceramics.

The course gives the students an introduction to functional ceramic materials and relate physical and chemical properties to the structure and composition. The focus is on the thermal, electric, magnetic, and optical properties.

After the course, the student

  • is able to identify such dependence and has basic knowledge to tailor these properties.
  • has a general picture of their applications in machines, electronics (conductors, insulators, dielectrics, magnets), sensors, energy conversions.
  • will be able to identify the most common engineering ceramics and define their main properties with a special emphasis in mechanical properties which are important in engineering applications.
  • can name the different testing methods and interpret the results.
  • will be able to summarize the main properties, major applications and the limitations of the most common engineering ceramics.
  • can define the basic designing methods and apply those for different components.
  • will be able to select materials for different applications, especially for applications facing corrosion and wear.
  • can name some new trends in engineering ceramics e.g. ceramic composites.

Responsible teacher

Tampere University
Erkki Levänen

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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