Oil & Gas Industry

In the oil and gas industry, the highest corrosion resistance in aggressive atmospheres and longevity is demanded especially from outdoor materials [Obo13]. The systems are under permanent load even in extreme weather conditions [Obo13]. For high-pressure applications above and below sea level, carefully processed components made of high-strength material are a prerequisite for safe plant construction [Max14].


Silicon Nitride (Si3N4)

Silicon nitride is a light gray to black ceramic, which is used in high-temperature technology in particular because of its good mechanical properties up to 1800°C. Silicon nitride ceramics are characterized by a low density, high fracture toughness, low coefficient of friction and very good thermal shock resistance.

Silicon Carbide (SiC)

The annual production of silicon carbide (SiC) exceeds 800,000 t, making it by far the most used non-oxide ceramic. In the past it has been used almost exclusively as an abrasive material, which still accounts for a major part of its usage. The development of new processes for the production of dense components with favourable mechanical properties enabled new fields of application.