Modern Technologies Associated With Ceramics

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Modern Technologies Associated with Ceramics
Introduction
Ceramics, what are they? It might seem like a simple question, plates and bricks and expensive cooking knives. People use ceramics every day in their lives, but they don’t understand the huge amount of technology that goes into a nice plate. Before we can go over the cutting edge of ceramics we have to understand the technology that goes into every ceramic. The technologies associated with traditional ceramics deserve a paper of their own, but they seem vanilla compared to advanced ceramics, which have new and interesting properties that can make them useful and unlike any ceramic you see everyday. We can use the understanding of traditional ceramics as a base on which we build an
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Plasticity is primarily a property ball clays (Stephenson, 1912, p.13). Stephenson says that because the plasticity of clay is destroyed at 450o, the temperature needed to drive off the water, that plasticity probably has something to do with the combination with water (1912, p.14). The mechanism of this plasticity has not yet been satisfactorily explained by any theory, At present three theories contest the field—the colloid,the soluble salt, and the molecular attraction theories (Stephenson, 1912, p. 14).
Traditional ceramics can be divided into three categories based on the chemicals and properties of the clays. These types are china clay which you know to be porcelain, ball clay which is malleable , and fire clay which is refractory (Stephenson, 1912, p.12).
China clay is our first type of ceramic. China clay is used to make porcelain (Stephenson, 1912, p. 12). China clay is unique from the other clays because it has large amounts of kaolinite (Stephenson,1912, p.12) Kaolinite is a white mineral, giving porcelain it’s unique look, with a chemical formula of Al2Si2O5(OH)4 (Stephenson,1912, p.12).
Ball clay is the next type of clay. Ball clay is unique because of its malleability (Stephenson. 1912, p.13). Ball clay is the clay you see potters working on potter’s wheels. It’s useful to potters because it can be molded into complex forms and made permanent by firing (Stephenson, 1912, p.13).
Fire clay is the final type of

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