MaterialsChoice Guide

Selection Guide : OXIDES and NON-OXIDES

The selection of ceramic materials rather than metals or polymers is related to their exceptional properties for use in extreme conditions and strict requirements: temperature, pressure, wear, corrosion, high voltage, vacuum, UHV, even several conditions may occur simultaneously or over an extended period.

SOLCERA develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of high-performance advanced ceramics, also known as technical ceramics and focuses on two major segments :

Oxides 

  • Alumines
  • Zirconia
  • Alumina-Zirconia
  • Magnesia
  • Silica
  • Spinel

Non-oxides

  • Boron Carbide
  • Silicon Nitride
  • Calcium Fluoride
  • Magnesium Fluoride
  • Zinc Sulfide
Guide dureté, densité, résistance mécanique

Through its knowledge-based expertise in advanced ceramic materials and its state-of-art equipment, SOLCERA designs, industrializes and produces components and systems adapted to customer specific requirements. The multiple properties of these high-performance ceramics make it possible to use them in a wide variety of applications in defense, aircraft aerospace, optics photonics, energy, research, industry environment, agriculture and luxury.

SOLCERA develops its own ceramic grades and is vertically integrated, i.e. owns all steps of the manufacturing process, up to the final ceramic component, with flexible production capacity from prototype to high-volume manufacturing :

  • Preparation of powders
  • Shaping : uniaxial pressing, isostatic pressing, extrusion, slip casting, injection molding, hot pressing
  • Atmosphere and pressure sintering, HIP
  • Machining and finishing processes: in the green non-sintered state, in the pre-sintered “bisque” state, grinding, turning, milling, lapping, polishing

Materials Portfolio

MATERIAL BENEFITS IN APPLICATION
AI₂0₃Hardness, low cost, metallizable
ZrO₂ (Y₂O₃)Fracture toughness, bending strength, colors
ZrO₂ (MgO)Thermal insulation, mechanical resistance
ZTAFracture toughness, hardness
SI₃N₄Mechanical and wear resistance
B₄CExtreme hardness, low density
MgF₂Infrared transparency up to 8μm
MgAI₂O₄Impact and corrosion resistance, transparency
ZnSInfrared transparency up to 12μm
SiO₂Electromagnetic transparency
MgOExtreme temperature refractory
HfO₂Extreme temperature refractory
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