Design innovations, such as the use of nanotechnology and crystallization, have made ceramics an attractive alternative to metals and other materials. Lightweight, strong, corrosion resistant and able to function in high-temperature environments, advanced ceramics are being employed in a number of novel ways. They are used in the development of enhanced armor, munitions, high performance optics, thermal protection and insulation, superconductors, fiber optics and even as replacements for human body parts. Ceramic coatings are also used to protect or lubricate materials such as metals.
This issue of the DTIC® Review examines the latest innovations in the design and functions of advanced ceramics. Their properties and potentials are explored, as well as the challenges faced in their practical application.
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