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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Ceramics Material for Renewable Energy

ME 59700 / 3 Cr.

Fundamental concepts of ceramic materials. Atomic structure, bonding the transport of charged defects and their relationships to conductivity in ceramics, phase diagrams and glasses. Solid state processes, including sintering and grain growth. Physical properties including mechanical, thermal, magnetic, dielectric, and optical properties. Application to renewable energy productions.
Textbooks

M.W Barsoum, Fundamentals of Ceramics, IOP Publishing 

Goals
To teach students the fundamental knowledge of ceramics and their applications for renewable energy.
Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Predict ceramic structures [a1, a3]
  • Understand the effect of chemical forces on physical properties [a1, a3]
  • Distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic point defects and calculate their respective concentrations [a1]
  • Use Kröger-Vink rotation to establish mass, charge, and site balance in ionic compounds [a1]
  • Calculate the strength of ceramics using the Griffith formulation [a3]
  • Correlate Weibull statistics to the strength and reliability of ceramics [a3]
  • Select ceramic materials for specific application [e]
Topics
  • Atomic structure and bonding
  • Transport of charged defects and their relationships to conductivity
  • Glasses
  • Solid state processes, including sintering and grain growth.
  • Mechanical properties: fast fracture, creep, and fatigue 
  • Thermal properties
  • Dielectric and magnetic properties 
  • Optical properties 
  • Ceramics for solid oxide fuel cells 
  • Ceramics for hydrogen transport membranes