The development of a new composite is always a significant event and the production of a material that instead of marginally improving properties significantly increases them, is even more significant.
CeramaZirc Ultra Tough was developed by Precision Ceramics following customer demand to meet some of the new challenges encountered in the oil and gas industry. Even the other versions of this hot-pressed material, exceptional as they were, needed enhanced performance properties for these new opportunities.
The developmental path targeted a 50% improvement on fracture toughness over our best zirconia material. This was exceeded by 37% whilst improving the stabilisation from Yttria to Ceria with the added benefit of reducing the hydrothermal ageing associated with an Yttria-stabilised system.
CeramaZirc Ultra Tough is part of our family of hot-pressed ceramics, maintaining material consistency and performance. The one differentiating visual factor that stands it out from the crowd is the colour; its orange! This is not something we have targeted but the impressive colour is unusual and draws attention. CeramaZirc Ultra Tough is an exceptional material with exceptional properties and this stand out colour emphasises the customer commitment to supply the best material available.
CeramaZirc Ultra Tough is now running with our developing partner and we are looking to move this into the public domain to provide international access to it in the near future.
If you have an application where fracture toughness is key and you want to trial a new improved solution, then contact Precision Ceramics to find how you can benefit from this latest advanced material .