“Fire & Ice” – Ultra-Thin Ceramic Still Flexible after Extreme Thermal Shock

The last The Marketplace Matters highlighted the durability of ENrG Inc.’s Thin E-Strate® under thermal stress from a blow torch. Handling Thin E-Strate® immediately after the intense heat demonstrates its low thermal mass. The latest video illustrates the flexibility of the Ultra-Thin, 3mol% Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (3YSZ) substrate and its robustness under extreme thermal shock: first, exposure to a blow torch, followed immediately by a shower in liquid nitrogen and another direct application of a blow torch. Thin E-Strate® continues to flex!

Thin E-Strate® technology provides the basis for producing thin, flexible ceramic substrates. The density, high strength and chemically inert properties of the fired material result in gas tight membranes that are excellent choices for severe environment and/or extreme temperature applications. The material properties required for performance in challenging Solid Oxide Fuel Cell operating environments may be the ideal for demanding performance requirements in other applications:

  • Thermal shock resistance for harsh environments such as cryogenics or non-planar heaters
  • High strength and chemical resistance for strain gauges or in-situ monitoring
  • Electro-chemical or ionic conductivity for electrolysis or gas separation
  • Scalable form factor for temperature, pressure, mechanical or capacitive sensors
  • Electrically insulating with low thermal conductivity for electrical circuits
  • Light weight, thin profile and/or flexibility for electronic packaging miniaturization

Evaluate the 40µ thick Thin E-Strate® through one of the standard kits available:

  • 10-pack of 25mm diameter substrates
  • 6-pack of 20mm x 50mm
  • 5-pack of 40mm diameter
  • 3-pack of 50mm x 50mm

Kits have 1-2 printing set-up pieces and advice on handling

Arrange an appointment with ENrG Inc. to see this incredible ceramic in person at the Hydrogen + Fuel Cell Group Exhibit at HANNOVER MESSE 2011.

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