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ECerS XIII Conference 2013: Ceramics under Severe Environments and Refractories

The presentations will cover a broad range of topics from basic to applied science in relationship with major issues such as energy, environment, information and communication technologies, biotechnologie etc. In particular, a symposium is devoted to the refractory materials: Ceramics under Severe Environments and Refractories. Refractories are nano-bonded composite materials used in large volumes to line furnaces for the production of other materials at high temperatures. Recent developments in refractories included in this theme are: synthesis of refractory materials from industrial wastes, “new” refractories e.g. hercynite/galaxite/CA6/MgAlON, carbon- and chrome-free refractories, nanostructured refractories, low-carbon and ultra low carbon-containing systems, oxide-nonoxide composite refractories, in-situ refractories, in-situ and ex-situ reinforced refractories, eco-friendly binder bonded refractories, lightweight castables, quick-drying castables, self-healing refractories, simulation/modelling of refractories, new refractories evaluation techniques including in situand at temperature. Refractories are being developed to function in ever more severe conditions which begin to approach those of ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTCs) which are designed to operate at over 2000 and even 3000 oC. UHTCs need to retain mechanical and chemical stability at these temperatures for a variety of high-temperature structural applications, including engines, hypersonic vehicles, plasma arc electrodes, advanced nuclear fuels, fusion first walls and divertors, cutting tools, furnace elements, and high temperature shielding. This theme will examine all aspects of UHTC behaviour including processing, environmental response and characterisation. Other topics include testing and property measurement at very high temperatures and modelling over length scales including phase equilibria. (10/2012)

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