Special Issue "Ceramic Technologies and Applications"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080). This special issue belongs to the section "Innovations in Materials Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Paolo Veronesi

DIMANT (Design of Innovative Materials for New Technologies), Department of Engineering "Enzo Ferrari", Via Vivarelli 10, 41125 Modena, Italy
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Interests: microwave processing of marterials; microwave applicator design; powder metallurgy; numerical simulation of electroheat processes; high entropy alloys; non ferrous alloys; heat treatment of metals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite their almost 30,000-year age, man-made ceramics still possess enormous technological breakthrough capabilities. Their unique structural and functional properties make ceramic materials candidates for thermally, mechanically, and chemically demanding applications. Application requirements are increasingly demanding when it comes to the design, manufacturing, reliability, and costs. Fields of applications range from biomedical to electronics, from high purity technical ceramics to more traditional ceramics. New processing routes, such as additive manufacturing or field-assisted sintering techniques, offer intriguing possibilities to produce new shapes or materials with peculiar properties. In this framework, this Special Issue aims to publish papers in the area of emerging ceramic technologies and applications, presenting new processing routes or innovative applications of ceramic materials. Particular attention should be given to the interplay between the processing conditions and the resulting material properties, and how these can be controlled. The Special Issue is dedicated to both ceramic materials and ceramic matrix composites.

Prof. Dr. Paolo Veronesi
Guest Editor

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  • raw materials preparation
  • drying
  • forming
  • sintering
  • melting
  • finishing
  • surface treatment and/or decoration
  • additive manufacturing
  • SPS
  • combustion synthesis
  • microwave and RF processing
  • ion beam and laser processing
  • Powder Injection Molding
  • sol-gel
  • Mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic or thermal properties
  • alkali-activated
  • geopolymers
  • bioceramics
  • electroceramics
  • cellular materials
  • nanomaterials
  • ceramic matrix composites
  • ceramic coatings
  • green manufacturing
  • LCA

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Microwave Assisted Synthesis of the CoAl2O4 Pigment
Authors: Paolo Veronesi, Federica Bondioli, Cristina Leonelli

Title: Chemical Strengthening of Industrial Glazes for Ceramic Tile
Authors: Silvia Barbi , Paola Miselli , Paolo Veronesi , Cristina Siligardi

Title: Finite element analysis of damage and self-healing process in alumina/SiC nanocomposite materials
Authors: Marika Nakamura 1, Kyohei Takeo 1, Toshio Osada 2 and Shingo Ozaki 1

1          Yokohama National University, Japan

2          National Institute of Material Science, Japan

Abstract: Among of various ceramic matrix composites, self-healing ceramics have been developed and have been studied as new functional compounds (1), (2). To facilitate the use of self-healing ceramic materials in machines and equipment, a novel numerical simulation method, such as finite element analysis (FEA), has to be applied. Under such circumstances, the authors have developed the damage and self-healing constitutive model, and then, it was applied to typical FEA of self-healing alumina/SiC nanocomposite materials(3). To incorporate the effect of oxidation kinetics on strength recovery for self-healing ceramic materials, this model has introduced the evolution law of internal state variable based on the self-healing rate proposed by Osada et al(4). The formulation was verified through the investigation of the systematically obtained mechanical responses. The proposed model can describe not only the progress of damage, but also the self-healing phenomena using unified formulations. The obtained numerical results suggest that the proposed model can be applied to the analysis of ceramic matrix composites with self-healing properties and arbitrary deformation histories, including cyclic loading. In previous FEA, however, we focused on the simple fracture (damage) process and its healing. To apply self-healing ceramics to actual machines and equipment, a non-prescribed damage process, including Foreign Object Damage (FOD) should be considered. In addition, the quantitative validation of FEA is indispensable.


In this study, we apply the previously proposed constitutive model to a series of damage-healing-damage processes. Concretely, we demonstrate the FE analysis of indentation (damage) phase, self-healing phase, and 3-point bending (re-damage) phase. The numerical model is imitated a series of experiment of alumina/15 vol.% SiC nanocomposites (4). Then, the self-healing behavior is quantitatively compared with the experiment.


(1) Nakao, W., Haga, Y., Japan Patent Kokai, (2010), 2010-290947.

(2) Osada, T., Nakao, W., Takahashi, K., Ando, K., Saito, S., J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 27, (2007), 3261-3267.

(3) Ozaki, S., Osada, T., Nakao, W., Int. J. Solids Struct., 100-101, (2016), 307-318.

(4) Osada, T., Nakao, W., Takahashi, K., Ando, K., J. Am. Ceramic Society, 92, (2009), 864-869.


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