Course detail

Advanced Ceramics Technologies

FSI-9PKTAcad. year: 2020/2021

This course deals with the technological basics of advanced bulk polycrystalline ceramics. The emphasis is put on principles of the technologies and on advantages and limits of particular methods resulting from these principles. Modern processing methods such as additive manufacturing methods and CNC milling of ceramic blanks are also included in the technology overview .

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Participants of the course will be able to analyse processing needs of a particular ceramic part and select the appropriate processing method for the required application.


Students have to prove the knowledge of structure and properties of ceramic materials. Knowledge of chemistry is assumed on the secondary school level enhanced by basic knowledge of chemistry (surface and interparticle forces).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Richerson, D.W.: Modern Ceramic Engineering. 2nd edition, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston 2000 (EN)
Reed, J.S.: Principles of Ceramic Processing. 2nd edition, John Wiley @ Sons, New York 1995 (EN)
Rahaman, M.N.: Ceramic Processing. CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton 2007 (EN)
Barsoum M. W., Fundamentals of Ceramics, Taylor & Francis Group, New York 2003 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through tutorials with students. For each tutorial there is assigned a topic for self-study including recommended literature. During every tutorial the information aquired by students are corrected and completed.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Examination will be carried out in the way of discussion with the student. During the discussion students will prove the knowledge of principles of advanced ceramic processing methods. Each student will get a selected product of polycrystalline ceramic product with a brief material and purpose descriptions. In the following discussion students have to be able to choose an appropriate fabrication method. This method has to be described and justified.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to aquire the basic overview of advanced ceramic technologies including the latest trends in manufacturing of bulk polycrystalline ceramics. Students will learn of principles of particular methods, their advantages and limits.

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

Compensation for missed lessons will be solved case by case.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-MAT-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to ceramics, definitions, properties, classification of ceramics, specification of advanced ceramics.
2. Ceramic powder characterization, powder packing, effects of powder characteristics on packing density, powder agglomeration.
3. Ceramic suspensions, colloidal treatment, spray drying, freeze granulation.
4. Forming methods – dry shaping, methods and principles.
5. Forming methods – wet shaping, methods and principles.
6. Forming methods – plastic shaping, methods and principles.
7. Free form fabrication, additive manufacturing, methods and principles.
8. Drying and binder removal.
9. Milling of ceramics, porous ceramics.
10. Sintering, mechanisms, effect of particle packing, pressure assisted sintering – methods and principles.