|What is a Ceramic ?
Ceramic processing is used to produce commercial products that are very diverse in size, shape, detail, complexity, and material composition, structure, and cost. The purpose of ceramics processing to an applied science is the natural result of an increasing ability to refine, develop, and characterize ceramic materials.
Ceramics are typically produced by the application of heat
upon processed clays and other natural raw materials to form a rigid
product. Ceramic products that use naturally occurring rocks and minerals
as a starting material must undergo special processing in order to control
purity, particle size, particle size distribution, and heterogeneity.
These attributes play a big role in the final properties of the finished
ceramic. Chemically prepared powders also are used as starting materials
for some ceramic products. These synthetic materials can be controlled to
produce powders with precise chemical compositions and particle size.