Porous ceramics are made from aluminum oxide and silicon carbide. The strong, uniform porous ceramic has 40-50% open porosity with a tortuous pore structure and is available in pore sizes ranging from 0.25 to 90 microns. Monolithic, single grade, aluminum oxide porous ceramic is available in 6, 15, 30, 50, 60 and 90 micron pore sizes. In addition, we produce a ceramic membrane that uses a medium pore substrate with a thin coating of fine porous ceramic membrane in 0.25, 1, 3 and 6 micron pore sizes.
Aluminum oxide is the most standard material, with a density of 2.2 g/cc, and has a maximum operating temperature of 1400 F (800 C).
Silicon Carbide is more of a special order material, with a density of 1.9 g/cc, for more aggressive applications and has a maximum operating temperature of 1800 F (1000 C) and has excellent thermal shock resistance. Flexural strength (M.O.R.) for both is in the range of 1500 to 4000 psi.
Thermal expansion (C.T.I) is in the range of 4 to 7 x E6/ degree C. These standard porous ceramic materials are naturally hydrophilic. For special applications they maybe coated or impregnated to achieve a certain performance characteristic.
Porous ceramic is used in tough applications to replace porous metal or as an alternative to plastic or fabric media. Porous ceramic is cleaned and reused using a variety of methods depending on the contaminant to be removed.
Specifically tailored techniques:
- Oven firing
- Dilute acid cleaning
- Solvent cleaning
- Ultrasonic cleaning
Porous ceramic products include (Both aluminum oxide and silicon carbide):
- Membrane and monolithic tubes
Components with tightly controlled pore size and porosity are critical.
Porous ceramics are used for:
- catalyst recovery
- hot gas
- liquid backwash
- solvent filtration
- solids recovery in chemical process
- mining industries
Diffusion or sparging using porous ceramics to produce fine bubbles is a common application as high gas transfer efficiencies are achieved with the uniform pore structure. Other specialty products include a range of adsorbent filter/drier cores for refrigeration applications, dispersion parts, vacuum chucks, inkpads and gas probes. We work closely with our customers to define their needs and the requirements of each specific application.
Our engineering and sales team is great at attacking technical design and process problems, then customizing an innovative solution using our broad range of advanced industrial ceramics. Contact us with your application requirements.