Ceramic and Glass Materials


To understand the structure of different ceramic crystals (oxides, nitrides and carbides having important technological applications) and the structure of silicate minerals used in the manufacturing of traditional ceramics.
To understand the structure of glasses and the principles for glass formation. To understand the
typical compositions of the main types of commercial glasses.
To understand the effect of temperature on the structural transformations of ceramic systems.
To understand the determinant parameters controlling ceramic microstructure (surface energy, interfaces and grain boundaries).

To understand the interelationship amonf structure-microstructure-properties of ceramics and glasses. 
To determine the effect of temperature on the structural transformations that occur in a ceramic system.
To evaluate the experimental conditions that lead to glass formation from ceramic oxide starting materials. 
To evaluate the effect of the structure and microstructure of a ceramic material on the final properties.
To evaluate the effect of the composition on the final properties of a glass.

To be able to make a correlation among the scientific knowledge.

To be able to discuss experimental data with a critical point of view

To be able to relate the scientific knowledge with specific technological applications. 

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Margarida Rolim Augusto Lima


Weekly - 5

Total - 92

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To get frequency to this discipline it is necessary to attend at least 2/3 of the pratical classes and to attend the laboratory sessions (mandatory).



“Modern Ceramics Engineering, Properties, Processing and Use in Design”, D. W. Richerson, 1992
"Physical Ceramics", Y-M Chiang, D. P. Birnie, W. D. Kingery, John Wiley & Sons, 1997
“Introduction to Phase Equilibria in Ceramics", Clifton G. Bergeron and Subhash H. Risbud. 1984
"Chemistry of Glasses", 2nd ed. A. Paul, Chapman and Hall, 1989
“Introduction to Ceramics”, W. D. Kingery, Bowen, Uhlmman, Ed. John Wiley &Sons, 1976
“Glass Science”, R. H. Doremus, John Wiley & Sons, 1973

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Subject matter

Ceramic crystalline structures; structure of silicates. Glass structure (glass formation; glass transition temperature; typical compositions of oxide glasses).Crystalline defects in ceramics; surfaces and grain boundaries. Phase equilibrium in ceramic systems (revision of concepts; phase diagrams of binary and ternary ceramic systems; crystallization sequence in equilibrium). Thermal properties of ceramics and glasses. Mechanical behavior of ceramics and glasses.  Electrical properties of ceramics and glasses. Optical properties of glasses.


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