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Materials and Component Testing for Ceramics

What Is The Purpose of Ceramics Testing?

Ceramics testing is a crucial process that ensures the quality and reliability of ceramic materials. The goal of ceramics testing is to confirm that the ceramic material meets specific standards and requirements for its intended application. This rigorous examination helps manufacturers ensure that their products are safe, reliable, and perform as expected in real-world conditions.

Ceramics are used in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, healthcare, energy production, and construction. Thorough ceramics testing is essential to guarantee the quality and performance of these materials in their respective applications.

What Are the Different Types of Ceramics?

Ceramics encompass a wide range of inorganic, non-metallic materials that possess advanced performance properties.

  • Traditional ceramics include natural clay products like pottery, bricks, and tiles.
  • Advanced ceramics are engineered for specific applications, offering superior properties compared to most materials in armor, missile components, engine parts, turbine components, fuel cells, nuclear reactors, microchips, sensors, insulators, biomedical implants, prosthetics, and dental restoration applications.
  • Ceramic composites are a type of advanced composite where the reinforcing fibers and surrounding matrix are made from ceramic materials.

Mechanical Tests for Advanced Ceramics

Due to the inherent brittleness of ceramics, conducting mechanical tests is crucial to assessing their performance under different loads. Here are some important mechanical tests to consider:

Flexural Strength (Bend Test) analyzes the maximum stress that a ceramic can withstand before it fails in a bending mode. For example, when a ceramic beam is subjected to a three-point or four-point bending load until it fractures.

Compressive Strength Tests assess the ability of a ceramic material to withstand compression forces without crushing. This is especially important in the construction, engineering, and manufacturing industries.

Tensile Strength Tests are more challenging for ceramics due to their brittleness. Unlike ductile metals, ceramics are brittle and prone to fracture, making tensile testing particularly significant.

Transverse Rupture Strength (TRS), also known as Modulus of Rupture (MOR), is a widely used test for measuring the bending strength of silicone carbide. This test involves using a special three-point flexural fixture to load a bar-shaped specimen.

Young's Modulus measures stiffness or resistance to elastic deformation.

Glass Testing & Other Brittle Materials

Testing the strength of brittle materials requires the use of flexural or bend fixtures that are configured with articulating (self-aligning) anvils. This is because brittle materials can easily fracture if there is any misalignment during the testing process.

Glass flexural strength test equipment and procedures are similar to ceramics. The tests measure resistance to bending, which is crucial for architectural glass, windshields, and other load-bearing applications.

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Completing your material test system is easy. Simply start by choosing a test machine, choose your accessories, and select your controller software. We are your one-stop shop for all your application testing needs.

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Machines for Ceramics & Glass Testing

Universal test machines specifically configured for testing ceramics & glass

The first step to configuring your ceramics and glass test system is to choose a test machine by series. Each series of machines is designed to meet specific testing requirements and offer different features and capabilities. To determine the most suitable series for your needs, it's essential to consider the type of ceramic or glass tests you will be conducting and any other materials you will be working with.

By carefully evaluating your requirements, you can select a series that aligns perfectly with your objectives. We recommend that you consult our experienced engineers who can guide you through the process of selecting the ideal series for your unique needs.

Newton Test Controller

From simplified test setups to an intuitive controller software interface and pre-configured methods for industry standards - this innovative technology ensures that your test application are conducted seamlessly and with precision.

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High-performance and easy-to-use controller with logical workflow design

With an intuitive interface, Newton makes it easy for users to navigate through various options and settings, ultimately enhancing the overall user experience. By streamlining complex procedures into user-friendly steps, this software serves both experienced test engineers and beginners alike to conduct tests with confidence and accuracy.

Due to the massive selection of products that we offer, it can be difficult to narrow down what you need. Let us help you select and configure based on your testing application.

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Ceramics & Glass Testing Accessories

General Purpose

Choose from a long list of standard ceramic and glass testing products as well as engineered solutions. All of our ceramic and glass test fixtures will fit any brand of test machine through the use of an adapter.

Specialized Ceramics & Glass Testing Accessories

Use the tables below to search for the fixture that matches your sample the best. Can't find what you are looking for? Contact us. We are confident we have what you need.

Ceramics & Glass Test Fixtures by Test Type

Ceramics Fixtures by Material Type

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Ceramic & Glass Testing Standards

Popular Standards for Testing Advanced Ceramics and Glass

  • ASTM B406 Transverse Rupture Strength of Cemented Carbides
  • ASTM C1161 Flexural Strength of Advanced Ceramics 
  • ASTM C1358 Compressive Strength of Advanced Ceramics
  • ASTM C1421 Fracture Toughness of Advanced Ceramics 
  • ASTM C158 Flexural Strength of Glass

Ceramic & Glass Testing Standards by Standards Organization:

There are numerous ceramic and glass testing standards available. If you have a specific standard that you will be using, please refer to this table to find and learn more about the products we recommend for that particular standard.