March 2024 • Vol. 103, No. 2

feature articles

Analytical X-ray techniques for chemical and structural characterization of ceramics

X-ray techniques are key instrumental methods for chemical and structural analysis of ceramics. This article provides a high-level overview of several analytical X-ray technologies.

by Nathan Henderson, Tina Hill, David Sampson, and Julia Sedlmair

Imaging an oxide battery and 3D dataset reconstructed

‘There is always another way to destroy refractories!’ Root cause analysis of a steel ladle argon system breakout

Determining the root cause of a refractory failure issue is essential for liability and safeguarding reasons. A proper root cause analysis must consider all potential sources of failure, from materials to installation to operational factors.

by Tom Vert

2D sketch of the numerical polycrystalline representative volume element (RVE)

Discrete element modeling deepens understanding of microcracking phenomena in refractory materials

A new discrete element method provides a deeper understanding of the relationship between a refractory’s microstructure and its macroscopic thermomechanical properties—paving the way to use microcrack engineering for commercial refractory production.

by Harikeshava Ranganathan, Damien André, Marc Huger, Ratana Soth, and Christoph Wöhrmeyer

William Zachariasen

Zachariasen and the Manhattan Project

Numerous ceramists played hidden but key roles in the Manhattan Project. This article remembers the work of one such scientist, William Houlder Zachariasen.

by Mario Affatigato


Business and Market View

Nondestructive testing equipment and services • by BCC Publishing Staff

Deciphering the Discipline

Entropy-inspired materials design for next-generation electroceramics • by Jackson Spurling


Calendar & Upcoming Dates:

PACC-FMAs 2024, GOMD 2024, 10th International Congress on Ceramics, and PACRIM16