Published: 01 January 1954
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Porcelain enamels and ceramic coatings have established their usefulness in many areas of engineering application and their further development is proceeding apace. It must be recognized, however, that ceramic technology is a specialized field with which the average engineer is not very familiar. As in other branches of science, there is inevitably a “ceramic language” that may fall painfully on the ear of one who might wish to understand it but cannot readily do so. Nevertheless, there are many specialists, groups, and organizations who are prepared to bridge the gap between development and commercial application. It was due to such considerations that the symposium was set up as a carefully planned and thorough effort to make “working engineers” better acquainted with the very useful and available subject materials. Such acquaintance should result in even greater use and more widespread application of porcelain enamel. In the program itself, due attention was given to a number of important but diversified fields to which such coatings are particularly adapted. These fields cover areas wherein an attractive and easily maintained surface is desired or where metal is subject to deterioration by such things as heat, abrasion, vibration, or close contact with corrosive liquids and gases of many kinds. It is quite possible that some of the greatest financial savings to be gained by use of ceramic coatings will be made in areas where ordinary uncoated steel is used at moderately high temperatures and has heretofore been frequently replaced as a matter of course.
Bennett, Dwight G.
Research ProfessorChairman of Symposium Committee, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.