Advanced ceramics consist of metallic oxides, carbides, and nitrides that provide excellent hardness and resistance to high temperatures, wear, and corrosion. They are usually made by mixing powdered minerals with certain chemicals, followed by shaping and heating to form the part. They function as components in electronics, armor, cutting tools, jet engines, medical devices, heat exchangers, and many other products.

Advanced Ceramics Testing and Ceramics Characterization

Ceramics vary widely in chemistry, function, and shape, so at NSL our tests and characterization methods are tailored for each component. Common advanced ceramics currently analyzed at NSL include:

  • Alumina (Al2O3)
  • Boron Carbide (B4C)
  • Boron Nitride (BN)
  • Chrome Oxide (Cr2O3)
  • Magnesium Oxide (MgO)
  • Silica (SiO2)
  • Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)
  • Zinc Oxide (ZnO)
  • Zirconia (ZrO2)
  • Mixtures (eg. Silica/alumina or silica/alumina/zirconia)

Ceramics Analysis

Examples of analyses include:

  • Bulk Analysis (%): SiO2, Al2O3, ZrO2, CaO, K2O, Na2O, MgO, MnO, Fe2O3, P2O5, ZnO, Cr2O3, TiO2, HfO2
  • Trace Analysis (ppm): Na, Mg, Al, Si, K, Ca, Ti, Fe, Zn, Se, Zr , Ag, Sn, Sb, Pb, Bi

XRF Ceramic Fusion Analysis

NSL now offers analysis of ceramic materials by X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) in combination with automated fusion sample preparation. Utilizing our PANalytical Axios mAX wavelength dispersive XRF spectrometer, in combination with WROXI reference materials, 21 different oxides can be quantified over a wide range of compositions. Sample fusions are carried out using a multiposition Katanax X-300 automated fluxer, which ensures repeatable, homogeneous sample preparation for the XRF analysis.

Contact Us to Request a Quote

Contact us to request a quote regarding your ceramics testing needs. Or, visit our Testing Services page to learn more about our testing methods.