Handbook of Advanced Ceramics and Composites

Defense, Security, Aerospace and Energy Applications

  • Yashwant Mahajan
  • Johnson Roy
  • Provides a valuable resource for the scientists and engineers working in the area of defense, aerospace, security and energy applications

  • Presents a one-stop resource in the field of advanced ceramics and composites

  • Demonstrates the enormous potential of ceramics in strategic sectors

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Table of contents

  1. Baldev Raj, P. R. Vasudeva Rao, P. Puthiyavinayagam, K. Ananthasivan
  2. M. Buchi Suresh, I. A. Rasheed, Mahender Kumar Gupta
  3. Tammana S. R. C. Murthy, J. K. Sonber, K. Sairam, Sanjib Majumdar, Vivekanand Kain
  4. Udayakumar A, M. Rizvan Basha, Sarabjit Singh, Sweety kumari, V. V. Bhanu Prasad
  5. P. Rama Subba Reddy, S. Geasin Savio, Vemuri Madhu
  6. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Raghwesh Mishra, Suresh Kumar, Ashok Ranjan, L. M. Manocha, N. Eswara Prasad
  7. Mainul Akhtar, S. B. Majumder
  8. J. Varghese, N. Joseph, H. Jantunen, S. K. Behera, H. T. Kim, M. T. Sebastian
  9. H. H. Kumar, C. M. Lonkar, Balasubramanian Kandasubramanian

About this book


This handbook presents an authoritative account of the potential of advanced ceramics and composites in strategic applications, including defense, national security, aerospace, and energy security (especially nuclear energy). It highlights how their unique combination of superior properties such as low density, high strength, high elastic modulus, high hardness, high temperature capability, and excellent chemical and environmental stability are optimized in technologies within these fields. 
The handbook is organized according to application type. It allows readers to learn about strategies that have been used in different fields and to transfer them to their own. The book addresses a wide variety of ceramics and their composites, including PZT ceramics, carbon nanotubes, aerogels, silica radomes, relaxor ferroelectrics, and many others.  


advanced ceramics thermal protection systems Ultra High Temperature Ceramics (UHTCs) advanced ceramic fuels electric field sintering current assisted sintering ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) nanocrystalline diamond ceramic coatings MEMS devices

Editors and affiliations

  • Yashwant Mahajan
    • 1
  • Johnson Roy
    • 2
  1. 1.ARCIInternational Advanced Research Centre f ARCIHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.ARCIInternational Advanced Research Centre f ARCIHyderabadIndia

About the editors

Dr. Y. R. Mahajan is presently a Technical Advisor at International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad, India. He obtained his PhD in Physical Metallurgy in 1978 from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York. He carried out his post doctoral research in the areas of titanium base alloys, powder metallurgy and high temperature dispersion strengthened aluminum base alloys at the Air Force Materials Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio for four years. He has worked in various capacities, namely, scientist/Joint Director at the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, ARCI, Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad, India; Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Bangalore, India. He made major contributions in the areas of MMCs, advanced ceramics and CMCs. Under his leadership, a number of ceramic based technologies were developed and transferred to industry. He has published more than 130 technical papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and holds 13 patents (including 2 US). He is a recipient of NRC Associateship of National Academy of Sciences, USA, the Best Metallurgist of the year award (IIM), MRSI Medal, MRSI-IISC superconductivity award, VASVIK Medal. He is a professional member of ASM International, TMS, MRS-USA, SPIE-USA, Institute of Materials-UK, American Ceramic Society, MRSI and IIM.

Dr. Mahajan has initiated and successfully implemented a number of programs concerning selection and application of advanced materials for defense applications, which includes Development of Infrared Domes and Windows based on Transparent Ceramics, SiAlON radomes for hypersonic missile applications, Ultra-High Temperature Materials For The Airframe And Scramjet Engine of Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle, Reaction Bonded Silicon Carbide Thrust Bearings For Naval Application and Silicon Carbide Based Mirror Substrates for Satellite Application.


Dr Roy Johnson is currently Scientist G and Associate Director of International Advanced Research Centre (ARCI), Department of Science & Technology, Government of India   Hyderabad. Dr Johnson was awarded the PhD degree in chemistry from Nagpur University for the research carried out at National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur. He joined ARCI, in 1994 and worked in various capacities and led several research projects in the area of advanced ceramics, transparent ceramics, cellular ceramics, chemical vapour deposition and Isostatic shaping. In addition to the basic research, he was successful in realising various technologies leading to commercialization of products in the strategic and civilian sectors for potential applications. Ceramic honeycomb based energy efficient heaters and antimine boots, which are developed for the first of its of kind and infrared transparent windows and domes are some of the successful technology development programmes led by him. Several focused R&D initiatives conceptualised by him over a period of last few years have resulted in the establishment of unique facilities and a team of scientists with leading expertise in ceramic processing and shaping in the country. Currently, in the capacity of Associate Director, ARCI, he provides leadership to three major centres of excellence namely ceramic processing, non-oxide ceramics and sol-gel based nano-composite coatings.

He has 83 research publications in International Journals and 11 Indian patents to his credit and co-authored one book and two book chapters. He is a recognised research supervisor and guided 4 students for their PhD degree. He is a frequent reviewer for several International Journals. He is a Fellow of Indian Institute of Ceramics and Institution of Chemists and also a member of several Indian and International professional bodies. He was the theme leader for advanced ceramics during Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium 2014. He is also the recipient of many awards including MRSI Medal 2012 (Materials Research Society), ARCI Technology award 2012 and Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviyaji award (Indian Ceramic Society- 2011).

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