Advances in Applied Ceramics publishes special issue on applications of polymer derived ceramics

Published in November 2009, this themed issue of Advances in Applied Ceramics is dedicated to the active interdisciplinary research topic of applications of polymer derived ceramics (PDC). Guest editors, Professor Paolo Colombo (University of Padova, Italy and the Pennsylvania State University, USA) and Dr. Gunter Motz (University of Bayreuth, Germany), commissioned a series of papers with the aim of stimulating use of these novel materials in key engineering fields.

Superspreading revealed

A UK consortium is modelling how trisiloxane surfactants ‘superspread’ across hydrophobic surfaces at the nanoscale. The aim is to develop guidelines for synthesising safer surfactants and provide advice on how to control the stages of spreading to suit a particular application

Plastics monitoring falls inline

Real-time monitoring of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) production is now possible, claim researchers in Germany. Their technique uses a combination of laser reflectance measurements and video monitoring to follow ethylene polymerisation in stirred slurries under different conditions.

Concrete fills up on fibre

A novel bi-component fibre using two different polymers may pave the way for a concrete that has the required impact resistance and flexural strength but without the need for steel fibre reinforcement. The technology is said to overcome the previous challenges of producing high performance concrete using polymeric fibres.

Refining refractory materials

Improving the oxidation resistance of carbon-containing refractory bricks and the wettability of castables is the focus of research at the University of Sheffield, UK. This could enhance furnace lining life and performance to benefit the metallurgical processing industries.