Tough problems? Tougher ceramics!
Features 12/2/1996 Post a comment Advanced technical ceramics withstand heat, wear, and corrosive environments like few materials. But, surprising to many, they can also be light, tough, highly polishable, and very thermally conductive. Here is a look at four ways engineers have put these oft-misunderstood materials to good use
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.