Ceramics in Top Form
Hard, fireproof and acid-resistant, non-ageing and weatherproof in all conditions… Ceramic is probably not the first thing to come to mind when you hear these properties.
But the fact is, ceramic products insulate high-voltage pylons, drive and brake the fastest cars, seal the water tap every day and work tirelessly for years as knee joint replacements in our body. Our skeleton “Hugo” with ceramic joints has been testing the latter for years on his bike that he rides through the exhibition. Technical ceramics are often unseen, even though they are used everywhere in our daily lives. Catalysts used in motor cars or industrial applications need ceramic substrates. Fabric threads, which become razor sharp in high-speed production, are handled by ceramic thread guides.
Piezoceramics convert both mechanical into electrical, and electrical into mechanical energy. Piezoceramic components are used to generate sparks in lighters or as ultrasound transmitters and receivers. The further development of advanced ceramic materials with names like Corderit, alumina or silicon carbide are the subject of research. Companies and universities develop ceramic materials with the most incredible properties for the most amazing applications. Technical ceramics is a fascinating field that is constantly evolving and has a promising future. The “Technical Ceramics” section of the museum showcases these versatile materials, their production and their everyday applications. The different stations reveal these fields of application and even invite visitors to try things out for themselves by creating fog, for example, or examining a joint ball to test its manoeuvrability. Additional information is available through different media so you can learn about all facets of ceramics – the “unseen all-rounders”!
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