Advanced Ceramics - Applications of Custom Engineered Ceramic Components by McDanel Advanced Ceramic Technologies

McDanel Advanced Ceramic Technologies LLC is a leading manufacturer of high quality advanced ceramics supplying major heat-using industries worldwide for over 80 years. McDanel Advanced Ceramics offer high purity alumina, mullite and partially stabilized zirconia tubing. The impervious fine grained ceramic products are used in many applications where it is necessary to provide a protective atmosphere at high temperatures without contamination. Material selection depends upon operating working conditions such as peak temperature, chemical environment and abruptness of temperature change.

Various rods, tubes, crucibles, dishes, boats, trays and discs are standard items and a significant capability for producing custom shapes are available.

Design and Engineering of Ceramic Components

McDanel Advanced Ceramic Technologies LLC has the ceramic solution you need - whether it is engineered to your specifications or from our large stock of products. If it's a customized solution you require, our experienced staff of application engineers are available to assist with your specific ceramic requirements. From prototype to production, we will work with you to provide the optimum, cost-effective solution to your demanding application.

Over half of our business is dedicated to engineering components specific to customers needs. If your application requires a custom engineered ceramic component, please give us a call at a location near you, or fill out our Request for Quote form, so one of our experienced engineers can assist you in the material selection and design of your advanced ceramic component.

McDanel products are used in a broad range of applications, where we have excelled with our customers in product design and customer satisfaction. The following is an overview of applications and markets where McDanel products can be found.

Applications of Advanced Ceramic Components

The applications of advanced ceramic components include the following:

  • Temperature Sensing
  • Furnace Tubes
  • Instrument Systems
  • Metallurgy
  • Other Applications

Advanced Ceramic in Temperature Sensing Applications

The applications of advanced ceramics in temperature sensors are described in the following table.

Table 1. Temperature sensing applications of advanced ceramic

Product

Description

Materials

Thermocouple Protection Tubes

Outer T/C protection sheaths (Closed One End)

Alumina 99.8, Mullite, Sialon, Zirconia

Insulators for Thermocouples, Thermistors, and RTD's

Single or Multi-bore tubing used to insulate wires

Alumina 99 & 99.8, Mullite

Sight Tubes

Optically Pyrometer sight parts or Thermocouple parts with or without collars

Alumina 99.8, Mullite

Advanced Ceramics in Furnace Tubes Applications

The  applications of advanced ceramic in furnace tubes are described in the following table.

Table 2. Applications of furnace tubes in advanced ceramic

Product

Description

Materials

Process Tubes

Tubes (Open Both Ends and Closed One End) which provide atmosphere control in the furnace chamber

Alumina 99.8, Mullite

Furnace Liners

Tubes (Open Both Ends) used as outer liner for Quartz tubes in diffusion furnaces providing support, purity, and temperature stability

Alumina 99.8, Mullite

Combustion Tubes

Straight or reduced end tubes used in furnaces to contain samples for combustion analysis

Alumina 99.8, Mullite

Burner Tubes

Plain or grooved ends for assembly with metal flanges or integral collars

Sialon

Advanced Ceramic in Instrument Systems

The applications of advanced ceramics  in different instrument systems are described in the table 3.

Table 3. Applications of furnace tubes in advanced ceramic

Product

Description

Materials

Oxygen and Carbon sensors

For the analysis of combustion gases and controlling processes

Zirconia

Sample Gas Injectors

Single and Multi-bore tubing used to direct or withdraw sample gases

Alumina 99 & 99.8, Mullite

Instrument Protection Sheaths

Tubes (Open Both Ends) to shield and protect sensitive instruments from harsh environments

Alumina 99.8, Mullite

Advanced Ceramic in Metallurgical Applications

The applications of advanced ceramic in metallurgy are described in the next table.

Table 4. The metallurgical applications of advanced ceramic

Product

Description

Materials

TCS, Degassing & Injection Tubes, Low Pressure Stalk Tubes, and Burner Tubes

Components for primary aluminum manufacturing, aluminum foundries, and other non-ferrous metal applications

Sialon

Fixtures, Pins, and Shrouds

Welding & Brazing operations and Investment Casting

Alumina 99.8, Mullite, Sialon

Argon Purging Tubes

Multibore tubes used in primary steel making

Alumina 99.8

WearGuard Ceramic Bearing Systems

Bearing used in continuous steel strip galvanizing

Silicon Nitride

Argon Purging Tubes

Multibore tubes used in primary steel making

Alumina 99.8

Other Applications of Advanced Ceramic

Other applications of advanced ceramics are detailed in the following table.

Table 5. Other applications of advanced ceramic

Product

Description

Materials

Ozone Generator Tubes

Tubes (Open Both Ends) used as a dielectric to generate ozone

Alumina 99.8

Crystal Growth Components

Solid rods for holding crystal seeds and furnace liners in crystal growth furnaces

Alumina 99.8

Laser Tubes

Plasma Tubes (Open Both Ends) to contain plasma for laser generation or amplification (typically Ion, Metal, Vapor, and CO2 Lasers)

Wave Guides – Tubes (Open Both Ends) used to direct or guide laser beams (Typically infrared for medical applications)

Alumina 99.8

Alumina 99.8

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