Refractory Oxides

  • Jeffrey D. Smith
  • William G. Fahrenholtz

Refractory oxides encompass a broad range of unary, binary, and ternary ceramic compounds that can be used in structural, insulating, and other applications. The chemical bonds that provide cohesive energy to the crystalline solids also influence properties such as thermal expansion coefficient, thermal conductivity, elastic modulus, and heat capacity. This chapter provides a historical perspective on the use of refractory oxide materials, reviews applications for refractory oxides, overviews fundamental structure–property relations, describes typical processing routes, and summarizes the properties of these materials.


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  • Jeffrey D. Smith
    • 1
  • William G. Fahrenholtz
    • 1
  1. 1.Materials Science and Engineering DepartmentMissouri University of Science and TechnologyRollaUSA

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