Awards & Activities

  • Winner of 2004 Stoel Rives Utah Innovation Award
  • Over $ 2.25 million R & D funding in the form of Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) awards (2002 – present)
  • Possible industrial collaboration with several large US manufacturing companies
  • Patented & Trademarked

High Strength, Structural,
Silica-Free Insulation

Cercanam® Cycling

1800°C Flame Temp

Summary of Cercanam® Properties

  • Ultra-high surface area attainable in a monolithic ceramic part (as high as 100 m2/g)
  • Retains its high surface area after exposure at temperatures as high as 1000°C
  • Chemically stable at temperatures as high as 1500°C in air, H2, CO2, and syngas
  • Excellent thermal cycling and thermal shock resistance (from 800°C to room temp)
  • Offers low cost, one step processing
  • Can achieve near net shapes for complex geometries using wet casting or dry powder pressing, with near zero shrinkage after low-temp firing (200°- 800°C)
  • Excellent for micro-features and micro-channel applications, and high tolerance fabrication
  • Excellent potential for low-temperature (< 150-200°C) curable ceramic coatings and monolithic parts>
  • Moisture resistant and stable in boiling salt water after firing to 800°C
  • For a detailed list of Cercanam® properties, click here.

Given the high mechanical strength (MOR between 7000 psi – 13000 psi), Cercanam® can be used for structural support insulation. It has a very high strength-to-weight ratio compared to other porous ceramics.

For example, it can be used for solid oxide fuel cell or direct carbon fuel cell applications as support rails or barriers which can be designed to bear much of the load.

It can also be used for specific furnace insulation applications where both load bearing and insulation are required.

The high purity of Cercanam® (>98.5%) is an added advantage where purity is a concern.

insulated ceramic consumables

light weight insulation

Cercanam® foam type structure was cast first. This was topped off by casting a thin layer of denser Cercanam® slip and later dried & fired. The result is a light-weight, strong insulation

multi-functional insulation

A multi-function insulation was made by casting the denser Cercanam® layer first. The porous layer was cast on top, dried and fired. This design can serve dual purpose of low thermal mass, better insulation and at the same time offers superior erosion and abrasion resistance.