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Designing The Processing Of Advanced Ceramic Composites To Yield The Required Properties

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Advanced ceramics and composites find widespread uses across a very wide range of industries, including aerospace, electronics, health, defence, energy and many others. Their global market is predicted to reach ~US$80B by 2022 [1] as a result of constant developments driven by end-users, the manufacturing sector and researchers. Currently, however, when new materials and components are needed they are developed by an iterative process based largely on empirical research. This is slow, time consuming, uncertain and hence costly; hence there is a tremendous need to develop a much smarter approach. This paper will discuss the first steps towards achieving a highly ambitious vision to develop the required understanding of how the microstructures, processing and properties interact to the point whereby a very wide range of ceramics materials with the required performance can be designed, manufactured and used for a wide range of end applications. Examples will be drawn from the field of advanced ceramics composites, including oxide fibre oxide matrix-based composites, silicon carbide fibre silicon carbide-based composites and carbon fibre ultra-high temperature ceramic-based composites.

This talk is part of the School of Metallurgy and Materials Colloquia series.

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