Ceramic is everywhere in our life. We don’t notice these things because it became a part of our life. In this article, we are going to see all the types of ceramics we have.
Types of ceramics
Now we discuss the types of ceramics in detail. The main classification of ceramics are
- Traditional Ceramics
- Advanced Ceramics
Traditional ceramics are olden ceramics usually produced with naturally occurring raw materials such as clays, quartz, feldspar. Often, traditional ceramics are used to refer the ceramics in which the clay content exceeds 20 percent.
Traditional ceramics are further classified into following types based on their applications
- White wares
- Monolithic Refractories
The name itself says whiteware! They are white in color , Results from the use of purer raw materials, and firing at high temperatures so thus giving sufficient strength and maturity. It may be glazed or unglazed depending upon the need of the customer. We can further classify the white wares into the following categories
- Sanitary ware
- China ware
- Dinner ware or table ware
- Hotel china
Porcelain is a vitrified and a non porous ceramic ware. It also translucent in nature. It is usually made up with tri axial composition.
China clay – 60-67%
Potash feldspar -17-30%
A hard translucent ware usually of the triaxial composition, biscuit fired at a low temperature and glost fired at a high temperature or it may be once fired. The body is non porous and translucent
- Fine grained
- Resitance to chemical attack
- High thermal shock resistance
The firing temperature of porcelain is usually high in order to achieve the vitrification. The firing range varies between 1100-1300.
What is glaze?
A glaze is a thin shiny layer coating applied on the ceramic ware.
What is the advantage of glazing?
- Good appearance
- Smooth finish
- Easy to clean
- Long life
- High mechanical strength
- Resistance to scratching
- Resistant to chemical attack
If glazed – The porcelain ware is initially bisque fired at certain temperature around 1050 degree followed by coating of glaze in the ware. After glaze coating the ware is allowed for a glost firing in the temperature range of about 1300 degree.
If un glazed – The porcelain body is directly allowed for single firing around 1400 degree Celsius.
Based on temperature porcelain is classified into
- Hard porcelain (1330-1450)
- Soft porcelain (1200)
Based on the application Porcelain is classified in to
- Table ware porcelain
- Sanitary ware
- Chemical porcelain
- Electrical porcelain
Pottery is a ceramic article usually made with clays, Pottery refers to olden ceramics. In traditional pottery the articles are made using pottery wheels for desired shapes and size. Here 12 tools are used for making an ceramic objects
Pottery can be made by Jiggering and Jollying process. In both of these process we can made only symmetrical objects.
By this process we can produce insulators, table wares, dinner wares and china dishes. In jiggering we use convex mould.
- Wet clay is placed inside a convex mould
- Batting is done. Batting means a forming tool is allowed to press the wet clay to provide a initial rough shape
- The jiggering tool is heated to produce a final shape by pressing the wet clay ( the purpose of heating the tool is to avoid the sticking of clay in the tool, thus we can achieve a good efficiency)
This process is applicable for fabrication of symmetrical flat wares like dinner plates and saucers
Jollying process is similar to that of jiggering process, instead of convex mould concave mould is used to make the articles.
Hollow ware like bowls, cups, pot, flower vases, jugs and other symmetrical objects can be produced by this method.
Classification of pottery
Earthenware mainly used for decorative purposes.
Ball clay – 25 %
China clay – 29 %
Quartz -21 %
- Can be easily chipped or broked
- Non vitrified
- Non translucent
Bisque firing – 1000-1160 degree celsius
Glost firing – 950-1000 degree celsius
Stoneware is made with unrefined raw materials. It is a vitrified body with 5% porosity. Most of the stonewares are coloured due to the presence of impurities in the unrefined raw materials
Firing range: 1100-1200 degree Celsius
Why stoneware pipes is used in drainage construction instead of other wares?
If Metal pipes are used, it may get corroded, so there is a chances of sewage wastes passes through the surrounding area.
If we use Cement pipes, bacteria’s may passes through the tiny holes present in the cement pipes. It may tend to create some serious problems. So to avoid the above problems drainage is constructed using clays called stoneware.
- Resistance to chemical attack
How to glaze the stone wares?
Since the size of the stone ware products is relatively bigger, we cannot apply glaze by usual methods
While firing the stoneware in furnace, salt is added to the ware around 800-900 degree Celsius, it immediately tends to vaporised and stick into the surface of the ware. Due to the vaporisation the temperature of the furnace decreases, so the temperature is increased and again the process is continued.
Based on compositions stone wares are classified into
- Chemical stoneware
- Stoneware sanitary ware
- Stoneware tableware
They are used in the
- Construction purpose
- Drainage tanks
- Stoneware pipes
Usually they have longer life and high strength, so no need to replace often. Thus saving the capital, time and energy.
Sanitary ware is a type of ceramic ware, which is made into larger pieces. It plays an important role in our daily basis.
Example: Kitchen sinks, Bathtubs, Urinal Stalls, lavatories etc
Raw materials used
- Saw dust
Firing temperature varies from 1200-1300 degree Celsius
Sanitary ware is further divided into
- Fireclay Sanitary ware
- Stoneware Sanitary ware
- Earthenware Sanitary ware
- Vitreous China Sanitary Ware
Abrasive is a material which is used for polishing, cutting grinding and to make a surface finish (for a smooth surface). Here rubbing action takes place between a hard material and soft material which leads to a removal of extra or unwanted particles or grains form the soft material by the friction.
Classification of abrasive grains
- Natural Abrasives
- Synthetic Abrasives
- Super Abrasives
- Pitamacous Earth
- Silicon Carbide
- Cubic Boron Nitrate
Classification of abrasive
Bonded abrasives are usually the mixture of abrasive grains with bonding materials and filler. The binder are bonding agent may be in the form of liquid, solid or semi solid.
Example: Grinding Wheels
Manufacturing Process of Bonded Abrasives
In Coated abrasives the grains are bonded to the substrate (or backing) with the help of adhesives. Commonly used backings are
- Vulcanized Fiber
Requirement of Coated Abrasives
- It should be smooth enough for uniform adhesive coating
- Strong enough to withstand the grinding pressure
- Have to be flexible to use in contours
Manufacture Process of Coated Abrasives
Generally, “refractory is defined as an ability of a material to withstand high temperature without undergoing any deformation”. It may be shaped or unshaped. Unshaped refractories are known as MONOLITH (refractories in powder form)
According to ASTM, the refractories are non-metallic materials having those chemical and physical properties that make them applicable of structure or components of system that are expose to environment about 1538 degree Celsius.
According to JIS, Refractories are shaped materials that are durable at high temperature about 1500 degree Celsius and unshaped materials and insulating fire brick with a service temperature of about 1800 degree Celsius.
Now we can see the classification of refractories.
- Shaped g.: Bricks
- Unshaped eg: Monolith
- Fibrous eg: A refractory is made into a fibre
- Oxides eg: Al2o3, Mgo, Sio2, 3Al2o3.2sio2.
- Non oxides eg: Si3N4, Sic, Al4N
- Composites eg: Mgo.C, Sic.C, Al2o3.Sic
- Acidic refractories eg: Sio2, Fireclay, Mullite
- Basic refractories eg: Dolomite, Mgo, Forsterite
- Neutral refractories eg: Cr2o3, C, highly pure Al2o3.
- Normal Refractories – 1580-1780 degree Celsius
- High temperature refractories – 1780-200 degree Celsius
- Super refractories – more than 2000 degree Celsius
Refractories has a great impact in the field of ceramics
General refractory manufacturing process
Properties to be tested for refractories
- Apparent porosity
- Bulk density
- Cold crushing strength
- Modules of rupture
- Thermal conductivity
- Thermal expansion
- Thermal shock resistance
- Pyrometric cone equivalent
- Permanent linear change
- Reversible thermal expansion
- Hot modulus of rupture
- Refractoriness under load
- Hydration resistance
- Corrosion resistance
- Carbon mono oxide resistance
Now a day’s tiles play a major role in the field of construction. Tiles are durable, Odourless, hygienic, fireproof, water resistant, chemical resistant, heat resistant, it has long lifespan, easy to install and even cost effective too, this is the main reasons for increasing usage of tiles in residential as well as in commercial areas. Tiles are available in rectangular and square shape. They are available in different colours, patterns and textures.
All tiles are ceramic tiles only but they are differentiated as ceramic tiles and vitrified tiles ( porcelain tiles which has nearly zero porosity)
Tiles may be in the form of
- Quarry tiles
Depends on the usage the tiles are classified into
- Floor tiles
- Wall tiles
- Terracotta tiles
Floor tiles are usually dense, vitrified (nearly zero porosity, zero water absorption) and stronger, this is why because it should provide a necessary friction for us to walk if not we may slip down. So when compare to wall tiles, floor tiles should have zero porosity, more load bearing capacity and high strength in order to provide a good life span. They are available in various types of finishes such as glossy, matt, antiskid, high definition, textured, scratch free etc..,
Raw materials used:
- Stoneware clay
- Ball clay
- China Clay
- Cornwall stone
It may be glazed or unglazed
In the case of wall tiles, it is not completely vitrified! It porous, its water absorption is nearly 10% and mostly used for decoration purpose. It can be made in to different shape, size and based on the specific finishes such as wood, rustic, metallic and stone etc.., and may be glossy or matt finish or it may be glazed or unglazed depending upon the requirement of the customers. Most of the time wall tiles are glazed with different colorants to provide a good decorative look. These tiles are suitable for internal and external wall applications
Raw material used:
This is similar to that of floor tiles
- China Clay
- Ball clay
- Cornish stone etc
High graded fire clay is used to manufacture these types of tiles
A major [simple_tooltip content=’A glass is a amorphous material( non- crystalline)’]glass[/simple_tooltip] former is silica sand, when silica is heated to 1713 degree Celsius it gets melts. When the melt is subjected to a sudden cooling glass is formed. This is because we are not giving sufficient time for the formation of crystal, so atoms are randomly arranged and lead to the formation of glass. You can find the glass bottle manufacturing process.
Types of glass
Soda lime glass
Potash lime glass
Potash lead glass
Mehanism of glass formation
Raw materials used:
- Silica Sand
- Nepheline Syneite
- Borate materials
- Fining agent
Ceramics are considered to be a pottery, refractory bricks, glasses, cements and abrasives! Not at all! Its usage is more than that. The last few decades have seen the development of ceramics in various areas and those developments in other words known as advanced ceramics.
Advanced Ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic, basically crystalline material of rigorously controlled composition( control in grain size and shape,phase distributions and porosity) and manufactured with detailed regulation from highly refined and characterised raw materials giving precisely specified attributes.
Advanced ceramics are also known as technical ceramics or special ceramics or high performance ceramics. They are meant for extreme condition withstanding applications. For instance highly resistant to temperature, melting, wear, corrosion etc..,
They provide high electrical, thermal, dielectric, ferroelectric, piezoelectric, ferromagnetic, electronic, semiconducting, superconducting, ionic, electro-optical properties which hatch their use in wide range of industries.
Unlike traditional ceramics it need high pure raw materials some time a fine chemicals. It is mostly non-oxides.
Some of the advanced ceramic materials are
- Silicon Carbide
- Silicon Nitride
- Zirconia etc
Each with their own special characteristics and properties, which is highly efficient and economic. Conventional ceramics are processed by extrusion, slip casting, pressing, jiggering, jollying, drawing, rolling etc, where advanced ceramics are processed by hot pressing, battery casting and pressure casting etc,.
Traditional Ceramic vs Advanced Ceramics
Traditional Ceramics Advanced Ceramics Raw Materials : Naturally occurring raw materials Raw Materials: Beneficiated raw materials and synthetic Processing:
i. Casting (slip)
ii. Extrusion (plastic mass)
iii. Pressing (powder)
i. Hot pressing
ii. Battery Casting
iii. Pressure Casting
Mostly house hold applications.
Extreme condition withstanding applications. Eg; aircraft application
We have covered a glimps of types of ceramics. Any concern please leave a comment below.