Special Issue "Ultra-high Temperature Ceramics"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Angel L. Ortiz
Department of Mechanical, Energy and Materials Engineering, University of Extremadura, Badajoz 06006, Spain
E-Mail: alortiz@materiales.unex.es
Interests: ceramics; ceramic composites; ceramic thin-films and coatings; processing and sintering; mechanical properties; tribology; X-ray diffraction theory and methods; microstructural characterization; severe plastic deformation.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Borides, carbides, and nitrides of the transition metals comprise a family of ultra-refractory materials known as ultra-high-temperature ceramics (UHTCs), and are a key element without which many applications within the world of the extreme-environment engineering would/will not be possible. Examples of applications for UHTCs include hypersonic flight, scramjet and rocket propulsion, atmospheric re-entry, ultra-refractory crucibles, plasma-arc electrodes, advanced nuclear fuels, and fusion first walls and divertors, to cite just some. In terms of melting point, oxidation, thermal shock, strength, thermal conductivity, thermal expansion, and density the requirements of the world of extreme-environment engineering are so stringent that not surprisingly UHTCs today represent a very active research field in Material Science and Engineering. However, despite the significant progress accumulated to date by the UHTCs community, more research efforts are still required to extend our overall knowledge of UHTCs and to solve the limitations of the current UHTCs.
This special issue of Materials is aimed at presenting the state-of-art and latest research progress in any aspect of UHTCs, that is, powder synthesis and preparation, processing and shaping, sintering, oxidation behaviour, and mechanical and physical properties. In addition to review papers, full-length manuscripts and short communications on any of these UHTCs topics are welcome.

Dr. Angel L. Ortiz
Guest Editor


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  • ultra-high-temperature ceramics
  • ultra-refractory ceramics
  • transition metal borides, carbides and nitrides
  • extreme-environment materials
  • synthesis of UHTC powders
  • preparation and milling of UHTC powders
  • processing, shaping, and sintering of UHTCs
  • microstructure and microstructural development in UHTCs
  • high-temperature oxidation of UHTCs
  • mechanical and physical properties of UHTCs

Published Papers (6 papers)

by , , , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(9), 4249-4258; doi:10.3390/ma6094249
Received: 8 July 2013; in revised form: 20 August 2013 / Accepted: 20 August 2013 / Published: 23 September 2013
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by , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(5), 1980-1993; doi:10.3390/ma6051980
Received: 22 March 2013; in revised form: 8 May 2013 / Accepted: 8 May 2013 / Published: 15 May 2013
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Materials 2013, 6(5), 1903-1919; doi:10.3390/ma6051903
Received: 8 April 2013; in revised form: 2 May 2013 / Accepted: 2 May 2013 / Published: 10 May 2013
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by  and
Materials 2013, 6(5), 1566-1583; doi:10.3390/ma6051566
Received: 18 March 2013; in revised form: 17 April 2013 / Accepted: 18 April 2013 / Published: 29 April 2013
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by , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(5), 1730-1744; doi:10.3390/ma6051730
Received: 9 February 2013; in revised form: 28 March 2013 / Accepted: 29 March 2013 / Published: 29 April 2013
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by , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(2), 551-564; doi:10.3390/ma6020551
Received: 27 November 2012; in revised form: 30 January 2013 / Accepted: 31 January 2013 / Published: 18 February 2013
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Last update: 12 October 2012

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