PYRAMIC ADVANCED CERAMIC MATERIALS
Ceramics is known as a material formed by fire and capable of withstanding the ravages of weather, strong acids, extreme temperatures and even time itself. PYRAMIC presents a new conception of ceramics – a family of sophisticated materials that can withstand all the punishing effects of man and nature – yet produced by simple means and without firing.
Exploratory studies by the Arcilla Center for Ceramic Research into the possibility of recycling fly ash led to the invention of a special body of techniques known as ‘Bonded Ceramics’. Although originally perceived as limited in application to building and construction materials, it soon became evident that the new technology offered a larger potential. Thus it was that PYRAMIC was set up as a unit of Arcilla Research to translate its work into advanced ceramic materials having a multitude of industrial uses. Products are cured or hardened, rather than fired, either at ambient temperature or by gentle heat treatment, with consequent price and technical advantages over those produced by conventional methods using plastic clay.
PYRAMIC binder formulations have been devised for creating high as well as low density ‘cold’ bonded materials of exceptional strength and corrosion resistance, with little or no shrinkage. In addition, these materials possess excellent resistance to high temperatures and thermal shock.
From this technology, new products and innovative systems are being developed, which could be strong competitors to those made from metal, plastics and cement, as well as clay. Matching material technology with the appropriate production system, e.g., high-frequency vibratory compaction or projection by spray gun, new products are being developed for applications where energy savings and high performance are imperative.
PYRAMIC, through its team of experts in the fields of materials and process engineering, offers a wide-ranging programme of product concepts poised for commercial development:
- Agricultural and industrial containers resistant to corrosion and bacteria growth
- Corrosion-resistant protective zinc-free coating of steel
- Ultra-dense, wear and corrosion-resistant materials and cladding
- CERAGLAZE as internal pipe coating when an impediment-free product flow is desired
- Surfacing of entire interiors with CERAGLAZE to create bacteria-free environments
- Engineering ceramics and electrical insulators
- Seamless, seismic-shock resistant containers for hazardous waste transport and storage