Types of Technical Ceramics

“Advanced ceramics”, “technical ceramics”, and “engineered ceramics” are all terms that encompass a subset of ceramics that offer high-performance mechanical, thermal, and/or electrical properties. Their highly specialized properties make them desirable for very specific applications that involve extreme temperatures, high voltages, or high friction/compressive loads. The vast majority of these materials are based upon the nitrides, carbides, and oxides of different elements and must be produced with very specialized equipment.
This tool provides a general overview of the properties of the most common technical ceramics. Because technical ceramics are used in such a wide variety of applications, it is useful to understand the relative properties of each material. If you require more in-depth information, please refer to the relevant material page where you will find detailed engineering properties.