Corrosion, in the most common use of the word, refers to the gradual destruction of a material, as a result of reaction with its environment. Most often when we think of corrosion, we immediately think of the rusting of metal: electrochemical oxidation. However, the process of corrosion is not limited to metals. Many polymers (plastics) corrode as well, via a process called: polymer degradation.
The ability of ceramics to resist corrosion (in some cases entirely) is the primary reason they are the material of choice for hostile environments. Ceramics (Ceramco’s aluminum oxide and Ceramco’s zirconium dioxide) are already oxides. As such, they are almost unaffected by the oxidation process leading to corrosion. Ceramics possess exceptional resistance to strong acids and other chemicals.
Ceramic Parts Overcome Corrosive Wear
Overcoming the effect of corrosion on a part’s surface is another reason to consider Ceramco custom ceramic parts. As metals and plastics corrode, their surfaces break down which can lead to pitting. Ceramco’s A998 (99.8% alumina) is fully dense, impervious, high wearing and non-corroding. Custom ceramic parts made of Ceramco’s A998 (99.8% alumina) can be machined and polished for leak-free and oxidation-proof dependability.
Parts subject to impingement attack (another form of corrosion) related to cavitation damage, caused by turbulence or impinging flow, resist this damaging effect when produced from Ceramco’s A998 (99.8% alumina). In marine environments, sea water impingement is mitigated with Ceramco custom, extremely hard, oxidation-proof, ceramic parts. Chemical processing exposes critical parts to both impingement and oxidation. Again, the hard and non-oxidizing properties of custom and stock ceramic parts made of Ceramco’s alumina and zirconia formulations will significantly reduce equipment failure and the associated maintenance costs when compared to either metals or plastics.
Typical applications in which Ceramco custom ceramic parts reduce or even eliminate corrosion include:
- Pumps and valves
- Valve seals
Stock Formulations Versus Specialized Needs
Ceramco manufactures custom ceramic parts. The very nature of our business and the diversity of the markets we serve demand the skill to meet their unique, highly specialized needs. Ceramco meets that challenge with our equally specialized and unique custom powder blends.
People Making it Happen
Corrosion occurs over time, leading to the eventual failure of a part. Business relationships can fail in the same way. At Ceramco we pride ourselves in being as tough as the custom ceramic parts we make. Your investment in a relationship with Ceramco pays-off two-fold: consistent, on spec and on-time custom ceramic parts and the respect and appreciation all customers deserve, regardless of the size of your order.
Ready to Make it Happen for You
Do you need a quotation on your print for a custom ceramic part? Contact Ceramco. You'll be greeted by a courteous customer service specialist ready to provide immediate, personal assistance. Ceramco specializes in manufacturing custom ceramic parts with complex geometries, matching the appropriate forming process to your order's specifications and quantity: