Course detail

Special Ceramics

FAST-BJ014Acad. year: 2020/2021

The objectives of the subject study is to improve the knowledge in the field of building ceramics, which is characterized by the great extend of different fire resistant materials and products of special ceramics. A part of education in the subject is to achieve also basic knowledge in the field of brick industry.
In the field of fire resistant materials the content of the subject discusses the assortment of mostly used alumo-silicate fire resisting materials, produced under utilization of natural and synthetic raw materials, of magnesite and dolomite products, of materials with high siliceous and high aluminous content, materials containing zirconates, materials containing carbon, i.e. materials with high heat resistance and products from pure oxides. Significant attention is paid also to non-shaped refractory materials and to refractory concrete, based on Portland cement and on aluminous cement. The students further will be acquainted with the production of ceramic lining materials (wall tiles, floor tiles), sanitary ceramics, stoneware and porcelain.
The lectures are accompanied by tutorials in laboratories.


Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components (THD)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student would manage the goal of the subject by acquiring knowledge on brick production – specific procedure and variety of brick production, properties and assortment of brick products, the use of brick products, on specific methods of production technology and properties of ceramic facing components, aggregates, health ceramics, porcelain, ceramics glazing.


For successful completion of the course is absolutely necessary to pass the subject Ceramics and Ceramics - laboratories. The course is an extension of special ceramics of these items and assumes a basic knowledge of general regularities of ceramic body formation.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1.Brick products, their use and properties. Brick raw materials, demands concerning their properties.
2.Raw material preparation, beneficiation lines, homogenization. Shaping in brick industry, paste rheology, auger machine,
3.Drying in brick industry.
4.Burning in brick industry. Properties of burnt brick body in dependence on porosity.
5.Ceramic lining elements.
7.Porcelain. Sanitary ceramics.
8.Engobes and glazes.
9.Refractory materials and their selected basic properties.
10.Acidic refractory products- chamotte, ganister.
11.Basic refractory products.
12.Refractory concrete based on Portland cement and aluminous cement.
13.Silicon-carbide products, graphite and carbon products.Refractory materials from pure oxides.


Specificities of brick production – concrete progress and varieties of bricks manufacture, acquainting with properties and assortment of brick products. Relation between porosity of brick body and resulting utility properties of the body.Concrete procedures of production technology and properties of ceramic coating elements, stoneware, sanitary ceramics, china, glazing of ceramic. Orientation in basic tests of refractory, its properties and way of production.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-P-E-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch M , 4. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

  • Programme B-P-C-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch M , 4. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

  • Programme B-K-C-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch M , 4. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer