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What are Ceramics? Characteristics of Ceramics

len Alfred Ajibola - 25th January, 2019 @ 02:09 AM

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Academic Questions in Basic Technology

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The _____ functions to remove excess heat from the refrigerator.

  • A. Evaporator

  • B. Compressor

  • C. Condenser

  • D. Expansion Valve

  • E. Thermostat

  • F. Defrost System

A fluid or gas that runs through the compartments of a refrigerator is termed _____.

  • A. Water vapor

  • B. Liquid vapor

  • C. Frost

  • D. Refrigerant

  • E. Compressed water

  • F. Evaporated water

Current flows through a path called _____.

  • A. Electricity

  • B. Electric Route

  • C. Electrolysis

  • D. Transformer

  • E. High Tension

  • F. Electric Circuit

Googles are safety wears.

  • A. True

  • B. False

Which of the following is false concerning advanced ceramics?

  • A. They can be made from metallic oxides

  • B. They are very hard and durable

  • C. They are corrosion resistant

  • D. They are fired in the presence of oxygen

  • E. They are fired at a very high temperature of about 1700oC

  • F. They can be made from non-oxides such as carbides and borides

A thin continuous line is used for representing the followings except _____.

  • A. Intersections

  • B. Hatching lines

  • C. Long breaks

  • D. Diagonal line used to state plane surfaces

  • E. Leader lines

  • F. Back section lines

Inverted toothed chain drive - Len Academy

With regards to chain drives, the diagram above is a/an _____ chain.

  • A. Roller

  • B. Silent

  • C. Leaf

  • D. Flat-top

  • E. Detachable

  • F. Acceleration

A type of chain drive commonly used in bicycles is the _____ chain.

  • A. Roller

  • B. Silent

  • C. Leaf

  • D. Flat-top

  • E. Detachable

  • F. Acceleration



What are Ceramics?

Ceramics are not metals, neither are they plastics. They are all around us and include things like tile, bricks, spark plugs, diamond and glass.

Ceramics as a topic and a product is indeed very broad; and this had made it's defination somewhat complex. Infact, It is often defined as what it's not.


Defining ceramics by it's characteristics can be a little complicated because not all of them share the same feature. For instance, ceramics like glass and mugs tend to be hard; and are also bad conductors of electricity. Graphite on the other hand is a ceramic, although it's brittle (soft) and also a good conductor of electricity.

From the above instances, the ceramics 'graphite and glass' share different characteristics. A major reason why both are classified as ceramics is because: 'They are inorganic and non-metallic.


Ceramics are simply defined inorganic and non-metallic materials.


The term 'inorganic' in the above definition implies that they they do not have their origin from living organisms.

Please read on organic chemistry here.


Ceramics are refractory. They also require a very high amount of heat and subsquent cooling to be formed.

Being refractory means that they are capable of withstanding a variety of abuses like high temperatures and chemical attacks.


Ceramics are generally made by taking clay from the ground and mixing it with water. It is then shaped into any form and fired inside an oven (called kiln) at a very high temperature. They may then be decorated with a waterproof, paint-like substances called glazes.

You can read on characteristics of hardwood and softwood here.

 

Characteristics of Ceramics

Ceramics may have constrasting physical and chemical properties (or characteristics); but in general,

  1. They have high melting points.
  2. They are heat resistant.
  3. They can be very hard with great strength, although a few are brittle or soft; for example, graphite.
  4. They are durable. This implies that they can last for a long time.
  5. Most are electrical insulators (cannot conduct electricity). However, the ceramic 'graphite' is an electrical conductor.
  6. They are chemically unreactive or inert.
  7. They are not easily oxidized.
  8. Most are non-magnetic.

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Amazing facts in Basic Technology

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Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated

Lighter was invented before matches

Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner was credited with the invention of lighter in 1826 while the match was made 3 years later

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Notable points in Basic Technology

Arrowhead Lines - Len Academy

Arrowhead lines are lines with pointed edges at one or both ends. The pointed edges are in the form of an arrow.

Arrowhead lines are used:

  • At the end of dimensional lines.

  • As measurement lines.

Please read more on types of line here.

A thin continuous line could be a straight or curved line. However, the main point to remember is this: 'it is a tiny line with no dot or dashes within it'.

_______________________

A thin continuous line is used for representing the followings:

  • Projection lines

  • Hatching lines

  • Construction lines

  • Short center lines

  • Measurement lines

  • Diagonal lines used to state plane surfaces

  • Intersections

  • Leader lines

  • Backside section lines

Any action that involves the servicing, checking, replacing and repairing of an equipment, object or device is termed maintenance.

Maintenance has two main goals. These are:

  1. To prevent a breakdown

  2. To repair the breakdown

 

Below are the types of maintenance:

  • Preventive maintenance

  • Corrective maintenance

  • Predictive maintenance

  • Periodic maintenance

  • Reinforcement

  • Overhaul

Please read more on maintenance here.

 

Softwoods are often derived from coniferous trees, that is: trees with needle-like leaves, and whose seeds are covered in cones.

Below are some characteristics of softwood:

  • Most softwood have lower densities than hardwood (weighs lower).

  • In terms of price, they are often less expensive than hardwood.

  • Their growth rate is faster than hardwood.

  • Most softwood do not shed their needle-like leaves during the year. However, the softwood 'larch' and 'cypress' are exceptions.

  • They are less fire resistant.

Please read on hardwood and softwood here

The diagram below shows the various types of line in technical drawing, their description and general application:

Type of Lines - Len Academy

Please read more on the types of line in technical drawing here