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Ceramics and Hard Coatings

Uncoated and non-conducting samples can be observed in the variable pressure mode without damaging the sample. Components made of ceramic materials are in some cases the only solution to technical problems that cannot be resolved with conventional materials.

Materials Science

Ceramics and Hard Coatings

Technical ceramics can be divided into the following groups: oxide ceramics (which contain materials consisting primary of metal oxides such as alumina, zirconia, beryllium and ceria); non-oxide ceramics (materials based on carbides, nitrides, borides and silicates); and composite ceramics (comprising particle- and fibre-reinforced ceramics as well as combinations of oxides and non-oxide ceramics).

Al2O3– detail (BSE detector)

Al2O3– detail (BSE detector)

  • Advanced ceramics refers to technical, engineering or industrial ceramics.
  • Ceramic materials are very resistant to abrasion and have very interesting mechanical, electrical, thermal properties.
  • Advanced ceramics have a wide range of applications in automotive, medicine, electrical and electronic industry.
  • TESCAN Field Emission Gun SEMs (FEG-SEMs) are ideal instruments for studying advanced ceramic structures at high resolution.
  • SEM can be used in combination with the Beam Deceleration Technology (BDT) in order to achieve high-resolution imaging at ultra-low landing electron energies, allowing researchers to obtain superb images of the microstructure of such samples.

 

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    Microstructure of silicon - enriched nickel aluminide diffusion coating

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  • Low Energy Backscattered Electrons Imaging

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  • FIB-SEM tomography of SiAlON graphene composite using the TESCAN S9000X

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